The buzz the last couple of days in the SL blogosphere is about dio, small ‘d.’ dio is the new whatchamacallit from Linden Lab.
In reading the press hits that LL did to promote the unveiling, I really couldn’t grasp what it would be. So I watched their commercial – that animated video LL put out. That led me to think it was going to look something like the video. Not at all.
How does the Lab answer the question, “What is dio?” “dio is a new creative and social experience that allows anyone to make and explore unique places based on anything.”
How would I answer the question? “dio is a website you can put your photos on and write some text about them and share it with your friends or the world.”
But isn’t that like Facebook, you ask?
And isn’t it like, flickr?
And isn’t it like Pinterest?
And couldn’t you do all of this with a plain old website?
So what’s the big deal?
Does it look nice? Yeah, it looks nice. Clean is the word that hit me as I clicked through the site. I have since seen others describe it that way.
When you login you get a page which shows pictures of the pages you can go to with the title and the creator’s name below the picture. This looks like Kitely’s Public Worlds page. I mean, it looks EXACTLY like Kitely’s Public Worlds page.
When you click on a picture, you are taken to a profile page of the Place or Room, as LL wants you to call it. Then you click the Enter button and you are taken to that Place or Room. But you don’t go to a place or into a room as you do in a 3-D world. You go to a website page. It doesn’t feel like a place or room, In fact, it doesn’t feel like anything. It looks like a webpage. Mainly because that’s what it is.
And, unless you brought your own music with you, say you’re running iTunes or Pandora, you sit there in silence – no music, no sound effects. You look at the nice pictures, read the black on white text and then, when prompted by the text, click on one of the buttons on the lefthand sidebar and go to the next picture.
And that’s it.
Sounds exciting doesn’t it?
One very annoying aspect is that when you have finished looking at the current picture and reading the text and you click the button to your left for the next picture and look back to the center for that picture…nothing happens. Because the sidebar on the left doesn’t take you to the next picture on one click. No, it scrolls out the LOOK button. You click on that and then look back at the center of your screen and then you scroll down and now you can see the new picture.
The reason for this is that sometimes there is more than one option when you click the button on the left. However, most of the time there is only the one, so you must click a second time – often on the same descriptive word. Very redundant. Two clicks and a scroll to go from one picture to the next. Sounds like a big step backward. They should do something about this.
Maybe dio will be the next big thing, I am not saying it won’t. I use Facebook and Twitter but I sure don’t understand why they are so big. I use them for professional reasons, that’s where you can reach people. I conduct my business and leave. If everybody ends up on dio, I will probably have to do that too. But the enthusiasm some people have for FB and Twitter, I don’t get. dio looks to me to be more of the same. So, maybe it’ll be a smash hit!