in 2006 i got hooked big time on Second Life
over the next few years i’d build a 19 sim estate and have 101 tenants, post 15,000 images on flickr, get in the top 1.7% of web traffic, and garner 45k twitter followers. i even had nearly 4,000 facebook friends in january 2010 when facebook disabled my avatar account (probably shouldn’t have said i was a fake person in the fb bio!) =D
Second Life and virtual worlds were going to take over the world and IBM, Best Buy, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and so many other huge companies thought so too
what about Oculus Rift?
facebook thought they were worth buying and Mark Zuckerberg is certainly a zillion times more enterprising than i’ll ever be but i can still pontificate and share my opinions
i would love to hear your opinions too because it’s opinions that made facebook wildly successful and also opinions that held SL back from taking over the world in 2006. your opinions are the votes that decide what the next big thing is and what becomes mainstream
my fallback reasoning for my opinion is looking at the web today. it’s by far mostly text
this blog with over 2000 posts, New World Notes written by the guy that was hired by SL to be their chronicler, and Maria’s Hypergrid Business – we all pontificate about virtual worlds and do so as deeply impassioned voices
but how many of those articles are done via video from the virtual world?
i could have done that here and Maria could do that just like Huffington Post has dozens of video blog posts per day (smooth eh Maria? lumped you in with Huff Post!) =)
so why isn’t it done?
doing a news story at a desk as an avatar and posting to YouTube isn’t a heavy lift
text still rules supreme – it’s fast both in access and getting info, easily translatable (see sidebar for free 52 language translations), easy to digest, and cross-platform and multi-device compatible
the US government has been on the side of net neutrality (at least in saying so) but it’s now starting to shift and see why big companies like AT&T want to have their own “fast lanes” for their customers like Netflix (“it’ll be better the consumer”)
in our legally defined corporations are people country here in the US, it’s only a matter of time before we see high-priced access to the internet for some services. i believe there will always be a free part but it won’t be an even playing field anymore
and that’s a shame . . . =(
Oculus Rift made it big by starting on Kickstarter which is easy to access for most of the world
what happens when the internet isn’t so fast and isn’t so free?