As I have been developing an exciting project in Second Life recently, collaborating in-world (as they say) with people across the US, in the UK, Switzerland and elsewhere – but more on that later – the emerging virtual world collaboration concepts have been rattling around my brain, emails and blogs that I read.
Whilst I bemoaned the fact that Eco-Build event had no real virtual presence, it was good to note Phils push for the virtual Sustainability Now event (now moved to 1 and 2 July).
I haven’t given enough time to the Think on line forum – it didn’t really take off for me, but I sense that may be addressed through the Think08 event (where hopefully there will be more, and parallel online content)
In what must be a classic oxymoron – the Virtual Worlds conference in New York in April would appear not to be availble online!
An email from Howard Lictman at TelepresenceOptions intrigued me with the expression ‘keeping people off planes and improving collaboration” I guess here in the UK that would translate to ‘keeping people off the roads and improving collaboration” which is always a good thing. (Telepresence is a conferencing technology where participants feel as if they are in the same physical space.)
Howards fascinating paper: ‘Telepresence, Effective Visual Collaboration and the Future of Global Business at the Speed of Light’ can be downloaded here
Facebook is too bloated now for effective collaboration – other than shallow social fun.
Finally there is a debate within LinkedIn discussing where the best Live Community collaborations are to be found – Second Life, Facebook, or elsewhere. Maybe the answer to that is within the blogging community?