Friday, October 21, 2016

2016 OSHG: Viewer in Browser (VIB): Imaginary use case: communities

Viewer in Browser, Imaginary use case: communities
OpenSim does not have a viewer in the browser (VIB) yet, but people are working on that.  2 demos show that it is possible with worlds that function like a limited version of OpenSim.  Assuming it can be done, what would we do with it?  Here is a bit of speculation about how communities might use it to foster their growth.


Community use (early)

  • Community webpage markets community
  • Community webpage offers entry.
  • Web page offers avatar choices fitting the community.
  • Viewer in browser (VIB) entry is to main community world.
  • Community has activities there as much as possible.
  • Or has walkin TPs to other places.
  • Web page gives complete instructions on what to do after entry. 
  • (More after the break, scroll down!)
  • Where is Arcadia?

Metaverse events, current and upcoming

  • "Be a vampire"  is not going to attract people to your educational world.
  • Your website about your educational world can attract people better suited.
  • Suppose the VIB entry on your website can bring them right into your world.
  • Your website can offer them just the instructions they need to function in your world.
  • You can offer them just the starter avatars suited to your community.
  • You can bring them into a place set up to show them what you have to offer.
  • A place often populated by people in your community.  
  • Nobody can tell about your community like the people already in it.
  • Nobody can welcome to your community like the people already in it.

What's on the webpage?

  • Pictures and videos of:
  • "What we do in our world."
  • Instructions on "How to get started in our world."
  • "How to walk around."
  • "How to walk Into a transporter door"
  • "How to join our inworld group"
  • "How to contact one of us inworld."
  • Resources for beginners:
  • Theme appropriate avatars.
  • Inworld phone line (offered if someone is available).
  • Google event calendar for the community.
  • Look ahead:
  • "Things you can do once you get to know our virtual world."

Draw on previous work

The metaverse is about communities

New Media Arts (NMA) on the web

Feeder sites

Entry web page

Cookie II welcome site

        Limited capabilities?

        • The first VIB may not have good (or any) support for content creation.  
        • So content creation will need one of the current viewers, like Firestorm.
        • You won't have a lasting inventory or friends list unless you register.  
        • So the VIB is a freemium plan.  
        • Come in with no commitment (no registration).  
        • If you get to like it, want to do more, register and get inventory and friends list.
        • If you like it a lot, you can rent you a plot.



        News and Notes


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