I tend to agree

Posted on October 3, 2007. Filed under: Blogroll |

with this opinion  Shock: Second Life is all hype says study

and it’s clear why when looking at the very low usage figures mentioned in this Yankee Group report.

It looks like not everything that appears on the web scene is necessarily a runaway hit like Facebook might well be.


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I’ve been following second life for a while and what I can tell about it from my experience in technology diffusion is that the current downturn may also be ascribed to the tendency people (and firms) have to use new technologies in old ways and thus ends up in being disappointed from results. If we agree that second life is something different from a website or a ‘traditional 2D’ social network, we can also agree that it might require new knowledge and techniques to give results.

To get people in general – and especially companies – to adopt new technologies is often hard and only if the experience is compelling and the benefits immediately recognizable can it be ramped up quickly.

Personally, I don’t find SL fitting these criteria in its present form. Maybe in a future version this will change until then I, and many other time starved web users, won’t make it a regular place to visit.

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