Over at OpenSim City I have posted in the forums, a list of questions aimed at getting OpenSim fans’ thoughts about Second Life. Obviously many people in OpenSim started in Second Life and later left it behind, while some others made conscious decisions to start with OpenSim rather than Second Life. So, overall, you would expect most OpenSim fans to have a negative attitude about Second Life and, in my experience, you’d be right. Still, I know personally a number of loyal OpenSim users who use Second Life to varying degrees, so there is something they like about it, even if some don’t want to admit it.
As I was creating the questions for that forum, it occurred to me that I might present it to a wider audience as well. So I’m posting the questionaire here. 11 questions – basically, it’s 10 questions with an “anything else you’d like to add?” at the end.
Okay, cool. Now, where are you going to answer these questions?
You can go over to OpenSim City and sign up, if you’re not already a member, and answer in the forums over there on the thread I started.
How about a meme for OpenSim bloggers? Is there precedent for that? What the heck, let’s give it a shot!
Strawberry Singh is the Queen of the Meme. She posts a meme on her blog most every Monday and they generally focus on Second Life or they have an SL angle or hook. She gets loads of people responding to it by answering her questions on their own SL blogs and then putting links to their blogs in the Comments section of Berry’s OP.
Now, I admit it, I’m no Strawberry Singh. Her blog is way more popular than mine and I’m only half as cute. But I’m extending this invitation to OpenSim bloggers out there to take part in this meme. To do so, write a post on your blog in which you answer the questions below and then in the Comments section of my page, give us a link (and a comment if you like) to your blog post. That way, readers of my blog can look at the different responses on other blogs.
I tried one other meme before but as far as I know, nobody took up the challenge. Like I said, I’m no Strawberry Singh (I really like my line about “half as cute.” LOL). But maybe this time we might get a few responses. Maybe not. Whatever. Thanks in advance to any OpenSim bloggers who do give this a try. (Come on, I’m giving you something to blog about, grab it!)
Meme instructions for OpenSim bloggers… Copy & paste the list of questions below, write your answer after each question, post it all with your own introduction on your blog, put a link to your post here in this thread on my blog. Done!
Anyone else who would like to comment, is welcome to do so below.
One thing about Strawberry’s memes – she gets it started by answering the questions herself. The problem in this case is, I’m not really in the target audience for these questions. I’m not an OpenSimmer first, SLer second. I like ‘em both. And I was an SLer pretty much exclusively until just a year ago. However, in the spirit of getting the thing started and following Strawberry’s format since it has been so successful for her, I am going to answer the questions from my somewhat unusual position of having a foot firmly planted in each camp. But I’m not going to post my answers here, I’m going to put them on my personal blog – DankoWhitfield.net – where I have answered a couple of Strawberry’s memes in the past. Seems appropriate. When I complete that, I will follow my own instructions and post the link to it in the Comments below.
OK, without further ado, here’s a few questions aimed at getting OpenSimmers views on Second Life.
Have at it…
1. Do you have a grid you consider as your virtual home? Please name it.
2. Do you have a home in SL?
3. Do you own land in SL or do you rent a spot?
4. How often do you visit SL?
5. What types of activities do you go into SL for?
6. What is the best thing about Second Life?
7. What is the worst thing about Second Life?
8. What is it about your home or favorite grid that makes it much better than Second Life.
9. What is it about your home or favorite grid that you wish was as good as that same element in Second Life? (in other words, what’s the thing about SL that you wish you had on your grid?)
10. Do you hope Second Life goes out of business?
11. Any additional comment you would like to make about Second Life from your vantage point as an OpenSim fan?
Just a thought. I think I’m going to amend my business card, adding one more line, so that it reads:
Writer, Explorer, Diplomat, Musician, Pub Owner
Semi-retired Time Traveller
Half as Cute as Strawberry Singh