When Did Social Media Become Social Engineering?

March 26, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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A post on the new Second Life Community Forums triggered a thought chain earlier, and after letting it stew for a few hours, I decided it was time to pose the above question. The question is somewhat rhetorical, but also in the same light very troubling. There is a very evident “shift” in the underlying motives of today’s Social Media … and from what I see, that shift is most troubling.
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Another Look at the Second Life Community Forums

March 26, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Today’s blog concerns the Lithium-based Community Platform recently deployed by Linden Lab for use by the Residents of Second Life. A few things have transpired in the time since my last post on this topic, so it’s time to drag the issues back out and swing them around some.
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No Peanuts for YOU!

March 24, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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Today’s News here in the USA contains a story about an elementary school in Florida that is subjecting the students in one first grade class to unusual routines because of a very extreme food allergy suffered by one of the students in that class. (School parents want girl with peanut allergy sent home) Not to choose sides on this debate, but what comes to mind are the current changes going on in Second Life … changes that are characterized as the “Disneyfication of Second Life”.
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Second Schizophrenia

March 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on Second Schizophrenia
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Now that we’ve dispatched with the hullabaloo around RedZone, and we’ve all sufficiently pounded on Unkle Hammy for trashing the Residents (meaning paying customers) of Second Life … it’s time to start looking ahead again. Today’s post deals with some thoughts looking forward into Second Life’s future and how it might impact their customer base.

(Be advised, this is conjecture, theory, hypothesis and plain ole blue-skying. While some facts have been used as springboards into the topic, nothing written here is backed up by inside knowledge.)
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Departures…

March 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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For quite some time now, it has been an almost daily occurrence that I have said goodbye to someone in Second Life. While I have seen various names posted of those that left because their human counterpart had passed away, until today my personal circle of departees were all voluntary and on purpose. Until today …

In July of last year, I quite unexpectedly met an Avatar named Adric Antfarm. For some crazy reason, he pulled me out of the masses and chose me as the recipient of his whacky award. We chatted In-World briefly and I found his sense of humor as cracked and irregular as my own. I didn’t keep in touch, in fact I never spoke to him again, but I proudly placed his award in my main store.

Today, while performing routine maintenance on my blog, updating links and whatnot, I opened his blog to make sure I had the latest RSS Feed and bumped into news that I did not really want to hear.

I will remember you fondly Adric. I will do my best to keep the wonderfully off-balance and upbeat sense of humor you shared with me. And I will do my best to keep true to the last words we shared.

Midnight Oil

March 17, 2011 by · Comments Off on Midnight Oil
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I often take Linden Lab to task for their decisions and actions, but this post … well it’s a wee bit different.

Take a quick look at this Second Life Grid Status report. Notice the start and end times? Yup, those people were there in the offices … NOT at home and not relaxing at the end of a hard day … making sure our world kept on working the way we want.

Well done folks, and thank you very much.

Change – Embrace or Strangle Hold?

March 16, 2011 by · 3 Comments
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In his blog post dated March 16th, 2011, Wagner James Au posits that the existing users (AKA Residents, AKA Customers) of Second Life are the primary reason that Second Life is heading for a slow but sure march to death. A lot of the time that Au blogs, I find myself agreeing with him in some measure. But this time … he’s way off the mark.
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Rodvik! Rodvik! Rodvik!

March 14, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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If you’ve ever watched a 3-year old yanking on his mother, screaming “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” at the top of his lungs, then you kind of have an idea how Rodvik Linden (AKA Rod Humble) feels. Except he’s got several thousand 3-year olds yanking on him. Frankly, I don’t envy his job one iota. But I do understand the situation .. and the reasons. Allow me to explain.
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How (Not) To Resolve A Customer Service Issue

March 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on How (Not) To Resolve A Customer Service Issue
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This post is a follow-on to my previous post “Linden Lab Violates User’s Privacy!” A lot has happened in the day since I first posted on this issue, but nothing has been done. And yes, there is a massive difference between those two.

(Note: There are updates to this Blog. Read more to learn what.)
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Linden Lab Violates User’s Privacy!

March 13, 2011 by · 19 Comments
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If you’ve been paying attention to the noise and brimfire surrounding zfRedZone and Linden Lab’s ongoing battle with the owner, zFire Xue … hang on tight because you haven’t seen anything yet. Would you believe that Linden Labs is purposely posting their user’s IP Addresses in publicly available form on a RUSSIAN WEBSITE?!? And it gets worse too. The site they’ve chosen to post them on has NO contact info and NO way to appeal the posting of the image and NO way to stop them being shared ALL over Facebook, Twitter and a whole host of other social media web sites.
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