I get a lot of requests to cover events in Second Life on New World Notes, and I try to cover as many as I can, but there's several challenges that generally make me less likely to do so:
- Due to its server architecture, only a few dozen people can usually attend any single event at any given time, which makes them less relevant for a single, standalone NWN post.
- There's a lot of events in Second Life, so it takes a lot to convince me (or indeed, any other SL user) that a particular event is worth attending or mentioning.
- Many people send me info about the event via an SL notecard, which is extremely difficult and time-consuming to convert into a blog post.
That said, here's SL events I'm much more likely to feature on New World Notes and the social networks connected to it:
Event info that's Tweeted at me. Tweet the info to my Twitter account @SLHamlet. I'll retweet the best and most interesting to my followers (nearly 4000 so far), which hopefully they'll retweet to their followers as well. Here's the info you should put in the Tweet: Day and time in SLT (i.e. Pacific), SLurl link or link to a website with the SLurl, along with other info/pictures related to the event. Leave at least 15 characters free in the Tweet so it can be easily retweeted. Include a very brief but evocative description of the event -- convince people why they should attend!
Event info that's e-mailed to me as a content-rich LINK. It's much easier and more appealing to post or Tweet/Plurk/Facebook a web or blog link with clear compelling screenshots and descriptions related to the event, and a clear SLurl, rather than a long e-mail where all that information must be extracted manually.
Events that run over an extended period, as opposed to a few hours. As suggested above, I'd rather feature an event that several hundred or thousand people are able to attend, rather than some dozens.
What's a good example of what I mean? Check out this event featured on the blog of Kara Trapdoor, which comes with clear and compelling description, cool screenshots, and a very easy to find SLurl.
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