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Thursday, January 22, 2009

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Gwyneth Llewelyn

Very, very interesting numbers, Hammie! It seems that my old Crystal Ball (bought at XStreetSL, of course ;) ) still works...

faerie

There is another aspect of XLStreet and OnRez that is being overlooked - many people (and I am one of them) use these services as a sort of online catalogue before going inworld to make our actual purchases.

The ability to type in a keyword and then browse through pages of pictures is sadly lacking from SL at the moment. Classified advertisements are very slow and cumbersome compared to XLStreet and OnRez.

In December I was recently looking for a large airship as a Christmas present and I used XLStreet to make a short list of ones to look at inworld and we then visited the stores/sims and made our purchase there in the sim.

So although the seller didn't make the sale through XLStreet they did make it because of XLStreet and I hope that if anything, the Lindens keep and improve on this ability to browse through a catalogue without being logged in. Perhaps with things like better SLURL integration?

Wouldn't it be nice if sellers could automatically add something to XLStreet at the same time that they set it for sale inworld?

faerie

Oops, I forgot to make my original point clearly.

The statistic that ..."and only 20% of them carry over that experience onto the web."... is misleading and understated because many people browse on the web but go inword to make our actual purchase.

Iggy O

New source of revenue for LL: it makes perfect sense from that perspective. I know many small companies that would be giddy at the prospect of 20,000 paying customers.

I am weary of all the doom-saying about this (I save my doom-saying for other SL topics). I will miss the OnRez interface, which I find more intuitive than xStreetSL's. But that is a quibble.

xStreetSL has a larger variety of items for sale, so maybe we'll see the best of both worlds.

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