a few days ago the Kitely market splashed down and it made waves. Maria at Hypergrid Business already wrote two posts (1, 2) on it and even a commentor on her posts decided his response warranted its own blog post
so what’s my perspective on this new marketplace?
well, i like that you can get money back out via PayPal and i really like the export permission security but i can’t even speak to those two things very well. mainly because, i have never really tried to use any marketplace or even sell things in-world. when i was inSL, i had a few things on my estate that were for sale, but just for a dollar and it was never part of any business plan
today, i do have things i’ve made available for others, but they are free. i don’t have any inclination to try to make money by directly selling things i make. as such, i can’t speak with conviction on what i think of the specifics on the new Kitely market. i’ll never explore how this or that compares to the SL market or what percentage someone makes here versus there but i can speak to something else . . .
i can speak to what my experience and thoughts are regarding Kitely and Ilan and Oren
Kitely is so easy to use from simply sending someone a URL for my world to using Twitter as a log in tool. a few people are checking out Enclave Harbour for us and being able to control that access securily has been easy and impotant
Kitely is also easy to deploy into and export out of – it’s nice being able to use Kitely with Sim-on-a-Stick as an integrated workflow. the peace of mind from that is priceless
speaking of priceless, the cost to use Kitely is ridiculously low in my opinion especially when you consider its performance. i can only compare its performance to what i have experienced in the past. for me, Kitely runs better than SL, Reaction Grid, and even better than our own dedicated physical server of two years. you know what SL costs and our server was $160 a month, but Kitely’s $35 a month plan does run faster and smoother than anything i know (even better than SoaS!)
there are so many things that Kitely does right for us
and my praise (fangrrl) for what they have accomplished (come on, the cloud aspect of it is environmental too!) doesn’t end with what i’ve mentioned so far (oh good grief, more lovefest coming) =p
Ilan and Oren donate good code back to OpenSim and they don’t have to. i don’t think that i would if i were them, but i am thankful that they do
personally, Ilan and Oren are fantastic “partners” for our endeavor and also a fun place for me to use for my own fiddling around
i may not be able to talk specifics about being a merchant with Kitely, but i can attest to their technical prowess, their business acumen, and their honest passion for virtual worlds as a whole, and their genuine commercial ethics
another marketplace means that virtual worlds outside of Second Life are growing and that’s also a very good thing
we all know the expression Caveat emptor, or buyer beware and that means that you should be educated and take responsibility for your actions as a buyer. but there is also Caveat venditor, or seller beware which means it is up to the seller to be educated and sell quality goods in an ethical manner