11/2: Bumped this post to the top for the weekend, and added additional nomination guidelines below -- please read carefully before nominating!
There's lots of stores supporting Second Life brands, but which brands are your personal favorites? Iris Ophelia and I want to create a New World Notes Reader's Choice List for Second Life-based brands of all kinds, so please post your favorites in Comments. We will prominently blog those with the most total nominations during the holiday shopping season. Here's some guidelines:
- List your favorite five or less Brands in Comments, but no more than five!
- Can be any kind of SL-based brand -- fashion, housewares, weapons, vehicles, etc.
- Brand must have a Marketplace listing
- Must have one of the following: blog, Flickr, Twitter, Faceobook, my.secondlife.com, or Plurk account
- Must have new content from this year
- No brands with blatant knock-offs of other brands, RL or SL
- When nominating, post 1) brand's Marketplace listing, 2) the brand's blog, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, my.secondlife.com, or Plurk link and 3) the brand owner's avatar name.
Please follow the guidelines very carefully, or your nomination may be discarded. Nominations end after the first week of November, so we can compile the Readers Choice list in time for holiday shopping! Please feel free to discuss your selections below, and be sure to share this post with other fans of SL brands, so they can nominate their favorites too!
UPDATE, 4:30pm: Some readers have wondered why we're asking for a Marketplace listing. Iris explains that well:
""A Marketplace listing lets people see what the brand has to offer immediately. They get much more click-through traffic than SLurls to shops because a lot of readers aren't in SL when they're reading blogs, so they're much more useful for readers and designers alike. SLurls are pretty useless if you're not able to get on SL right that minute. Marketplace stores also (usually) have the most up to date blog and shop locations for each brand, so if people do want to visit in-world but the shop has moved since the article was posted, a current MP storefront gives them easy access to the new location without having to fumble with SL Search. Think of it as a landing point for people to start from if they're interested. It's free and easy enough to set up, and though it's time consuming to list all your products, it's better to list your five favorite items than to list none at all. Even that is enough to drive traffic to your in-world location-- people who may otherwise never be exposed to your work in-world can stumble across it while browsing the Marketplace. That absolutely minimal presence, which you could set up completely on a Saturday afternoon, is basically free publicity, and anyone running a business should know how valuable that can be. A regularly updated MP store also lets people keep track of you without going out of their way (or capping their IMs with subscriber messages), like a Plurk or a Flickr account can, so that it's far less likely that someone will forget you even exist between releases. And, in a practical sense for this particular nominating process, it's can be a good way to easily identify if a designer is still actively creating or if they've been idle for years."."
So there's that. Also: The SL Marketplace has about 470,000 visitors.
Update 2, 4:55pm: While this Readers Guide will be based on total nominations, NWN reserves the right to disqualify brands with Adult-only content or other content that doesn't meet NWN editorial standards.
Update 3, 11/2: Added my.secondlife.com account as another nomination option.Tweet