it’s no secret that i love Kitely – incredibly reasonable cost (cheap!) and outstanding service (better than a dedicated physical server). plus you can treat your world as a private grid with Twitter lists for access (among other group options) or be a part of their larger grid. i could go on and on but i was excited to see a post today asking for instructors
making a commitment to teach others is a great way to become an expert in a specific area. when i was in Second Life, i truly enjoyed spending a few hours a week being an SL Mentor. Linden Lab did not give you anything for it except the formal Mentor tag. you had to attend a few meetings, agree to a code of ethics, and shadow a mentor and voila, you were a Mentor. at that time i was paying LL almost $3000 a month in tiers plus spending who knows how much on piddly stuff and being a Mentor was its own reward (it did stroke the ego too)
if you like meeting people, like to share your skills, and like Kitely, maybe their instructor programme is right for you?
heck, it’s a real people skill and something worthy of being placed on a resume too! it’s easy to dismiss virtual worlds as real skillz because it is a form of recreation for many of us, but it’s no different than many other computer-related endeavors
the other nifty thing at Kitely was the implementation of Transfer Stations two weeks back (some additional changes were also sneaked in at that time). transfer stations let a group hangout together while waiting for their world to start. for example, say a couple of students separated by geography were going to Enclave Harbour (like a home schooling group), rather than wait the 90 seconds or so for Enclave Harbour’s 16 regions to load up, they’d be at a transfer station where they could say hello to each other and plan their outing
Kitely continues to improve their already great offering and their personal passion for making OpenSim better is something i value (i also love the environmental aspect of cloud-based services)