The Focus of Interest

A number of years ago, before the Dot-Com bubble burst, all the excitement in the investment and media industries was about the possibility that anyone with a half-decent idea could become an overnight success. With no more effort than some deep thinking and the right concept, an entire digital kingdom could be created and turned into a never-ending money machine. The ability to “print money” without the need for hard goods and sweaty, grinding labor was a Golden Goose worthy of chasing with every penny available.

But then the general insecurity of money people along with the inevitable missteps and bad ideas turned the Golden Goose into an albatross around the digital industry’s neck. The giant sucking sound of the investors running away was heard in every financial back room around the globe. It was logical and overall fiscally responsible, but it left the industry in an interesting predicament that persists to this day: Hunting The Fabled Golden Goose.

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Google Minus (Me)

August 1, 2011 by · Comments Off on Google Minus (Me)
Filed under: Internet Life and Humanity 

Sometimes solutions are just so glaringly obvious that we humans can’t see them. Another symptom of the “Human Condition” I suppose, but no matter from whence it springs, it’s almost enough to make you fall down laughing when you do spot the obvious. Well, most times at least. Sadly this is not one of those times.

For the past several weeks there’s been a rather obvious hubbub going on about Google’s new Social Network Google+ (pronounced Google Plus). It seems Google has made some rather hard-nosed decisions about what name you can use with their new service. I’ve been watching but not commenting on it … until now.
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When Did Social Media Become Social Engineering?

March 26, 2011 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life 

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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Second Schizophrenia

March 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on Second Schizophrenia
Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life 

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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