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Monday, May 19, 2008

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Ann Otoole

Can we get LL to stick totems out so we will know what they are working on and what they are not working on?

How about that new CEO? Is he working on anything? Will he begin delivering a semi annual State of the Grid Message containing:
what the challenges are
what is being done (in detail)
what is not being addressed and why
what the current 5 year plan is for LL and SL at the time of the message written in common English. I.e.; is LL planning to end the economy and turn SL into a big RL company shopping mall and say thanks for the fish to everyone that made SL what it is? (LL made the platform. The residents made SL. Not LL.)

etc etc.

Dead silence is a bad message.

Dusan Writer

The totem idea is wonderful and not unlike what IBM is doing with Bluegrass.

Bluegrass also uses an architecture analogy for work, although not nearly as elegantly as Keystone. In their case, huts represent individual's work spaces. Projects are aggregated around space as well, with visible RSS feeds. One of the things I like is their concept that outside a person's hut the grass represents the individual's level of commitment to projects - the longer the grass, the busier the person is.

@Ann...there's no question M should be making a State of the Union address here at some point. I've predicted some shake-ups, parsing his comment about vision that he's looking for staff who "voluntarily" buy into Linden's mission (one which I assume may evolve beyond the Tao and past 'Connecting All Humanity' to something a little more tangible like, well, being able to keep 100,000 users online at a time without crashing).

However, what often feels lost in our gazing at the Lab is the work that happens in spite crashes and clunky orientation experiences. I don't know about you, but my feeds have dozens of announcements, builds, projects, education events, and best practices a day, ALMOST out-stripping announcements about Web 2.0 widgets.

What amazes me is that in spite of grid performance issues, SL continues to be a platform of innovation. The sheer volume of research, hacks, improvements, experiments, environments and activities that happen on a daily basis in SL is cause for optimism - that, Linden can be totally ineffective and in spite of that people are still getting stuff done, and the Keystones of the world DO keep advancing the world one prim at a time.

Peter Dunkley

This is interesting stuff. SL is providing a good environment for businesses - it's low-cost, effective and hugely entertaining. It has two really significant advantages over video conferencing. Firstly, it's far better if your team are in multiple locations and, secondly, you can build relationships in SL - a really important factor as more of us work from home.

The totem thing is interesting - but I wouldn't want anyone to get hung up on the tools you need to do business in SL as really the most effective starting point is just meeting up.

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