I still think it is a brilliant business plan (I’ve already spent around $100 there, without even trying), but I have seen some areas that need improvement.
I’d love to set up a major Newsome.Org or perhaps Err Bear Music presence in Second Life. Maybe get a little exposure for my music, etc. Maybe even do a Second Life concert series.
But as of the moment, I’ve concluded that it would be far too hard to set it up.
Here are 5 things Second Life Needs to do now:
1) Make Building a Lot Easier.
And I mean a whole lot easier. I bought a house and tried to add to it, but it was completely impossible, at least for me. In fact, I accidentally picked up my entire house and couldn’t even get it back on my lot (which is pretty small). My placements were either unlevel or more often over the lot line. Granted, I’m sure there are a lot of people who can build stuff as easy as I can play a D chord, but it was impossible for me. I ended up just putting my lot back on the market and returned to the streets. With a house in my pocket.
2) Make Finding a Compatible Neighborhood Easier.
When I was looking for a place to buy, I found all kinds of land and houses and businesses for sale. It seems to me that, just like in the real world, neighborhoods in Second Life have particular characteristics. The last thing I want to do is buy and house and move into a neighborhood and find out that all of my neighbors are college kids or opera (either one) fans, or worse. I need to know where the middle aged tech-writers/musicians live. How about a Memeorandum street?
3) More Information About the Commercial Areas
And what about all those islands and commercial areas? How do you buy a condo or office somewhere? I finally gave up trying to get a place over by Scoble on Slackstreet. It’s OK if all of those places (which by the way are ghost towns with nary a person in sight) are off the market or unavailable, but I wish I knew why. I don’t know him, but Spin Martin seems to be the Donald Trump of Second Life.
4) Easy and Short Tutorials on Doing Stuff
I need to watch some very dumbed down tutorials on how to set up stuff within Second Life. For example, I’d love to set up some sort of radio station or public music player with some of my original songs on it, but I can’t figure out how to do that. Stated another way, I’m sure there are all kinds of cool things you can do in Second Life, but I don’t know how to do any of it. It gets frustrating.
5) I Need a New Name
I mentioned this before, but why are there limitations on character naming? Lots of people would probably like to take their internet presence into Second Life, but the naming conventions won’t allow it.
I imagine that if I had all the time in the world, I could figure most of this out. But I don’t, and I expect a lot of others don’t either.
So these things need to be easier. A lot easier.
I like Second Life, but candidly the hard is starting to outweigh the cool.