Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017 WW: PEOPLE: IMA: Community onboarding for the virtual worlds: Using a web-world

Community onboarding for the virtual worlds: 
Using a web-world
Onboarding is a business concept referring to the things organizations do to get new employees ready to work in the organization.  Communities do some of the same things, so I will grab the same term to talk about what virtual world communities can be doing to bring visitors into their communities and keep them as community members. 

Onboarding:   Onboarding, also known as organizational socialization, is the process through which new employees [or community members] acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders
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The concept is usually applied in businesses.  Check out a U.S. city on the web and you will find that the local Chamber of Commerce offers lots of onboarding resources for people considering a move to that city.  The will be descriptions and links to many different amenities: entertainment, education, radio and television stations, libraries.
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Think of the process of bringing new people into virtual worlds as a kind of onboarding. 
The first step in onboarding is effective marketing.  That requires outworld promotion.  That's why you want to think in terms of communities and people, not just grids.  
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Metaverse events, current and upcoming

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    Communiy onboarding

    • The outworlders generally have no interest in being on a grid 
    • Those who really want to be on a grid are here already.

    But there are lots of people who want to:

    • Play with or build model railroads
    • Go to meetings of writers
    • Attend performances of music, comedy, and theater
    • Own, sail, or build model boats
    • Build and show off buildings and homes
    • Gather and show a collection of automobiles
    • Teach or learn a second language in a place where it is spoken
    • Talk to other live people
    • Create and enjoy works of art.
    • And lots more 

    Imagine a gateway on the web to the virtual worlds

    • You find a web page about something you are interested in.
    • How to create a landing page
    • You see a picture with some people involved in what you are interested in.
    • The text says. "Welcome. Come in, join us in our virtual world."
    • You choose a temporary avatar and a temporary name.
    • You enter (no registration, no password).
    • You find yourself (well, your avatar) standing in that picture you were looking at.
    • You are in little world world with things you are interested in.
    • A sign says arrow keys move you.  
    • A cushion on a chair says "Click me to sit."
    • While you are looking around, a couple of people drop in.  
    • They introduce themselves, welcome you.
    • They show you around this miniworld and tell of the bigger worlds beyond.
    • They may show you videos or live streams of events in that big world.
    • They offer to talk you through the 5 minute process of starting in that big world.
    • It is just a matter of setting up a gateway on your computer.  

    Try it out

    • I meet people in a world like this week days at 10-10:30 am Pacific Coast (US) time.
    • I expect to be there almost every week day.  Others will probably be there also.
    • If there are people there, we may stay past 10:30.
    • We will talk in voice and anyone is welcome to drop in.  
    • No registration is required -- just pick an avatar, 
    • give the name you want use, and click enter.
    • If you don't see the enter button at the bottom of your screen, 
    • go to full screen or shrink the size of your display.
    • To shrink the display in Chrome:
    • click the column of dots, upper right, and use the zoom controls.
    • Articles about web-worlds in this blog
    • Voice works here, at least if you are using the Chrome browser.  
    • Firefox and Edge may not work until they are updated. 
    • Our web discussion community

    A few words from the YesButters

    • Yes, but there won't be people there all the time.
    • This is a web page.  We can leave it open and get a notice when people enter.
    • We can also collaborate with other communities.  
    • We can have one web world represent several communities.  
    • We can take turns providing people to monitor it.
    • We can have welcome hours listed for each community.
    • We can have videos available on the same page.  
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    What is available now, before we have web-worlds?

    Related

    General

    Tools for web-worlds

    Use cases for web-worlds

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    • Original text in this blog is CC By: unless specified public domain
    • Use as you please with attribution: web link to the original.
    • All images without attribution in this blog are CC0: public domain.
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    News and Notes

    HG links-- depending on your interests 

    Communities in the virtual worlds

    Radio in the virtual worlds


    Metaverse beginner help

    The Hypergrid WIP Show

    • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress. 
    • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
    • Selby may capture video of presentations in voice, for posting on YouTube.
    • The WIP show normally meets on 2 Sundays a month at 12 pm California time.
    • The show meets at the Pandora location on the second Sunday 
    • But will not meet in the summer.
    • And at Cookie II on the fourth Sunday.  
    • To keep up with the WIP meetings, join the Kitely group, Work in progress.

    Next WIP meeting

      • Sunday July 23, noon SLT (California) time
      • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
      • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
      • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
      • In Kitely, put Cookie II into the find bar of the world map. 
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      • Suspended for Summer: Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
      • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
      • world.narasnook.com:8900
      • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
      • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

              Previous Articles from the WIP show 

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