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Monday, November 14, 2005

CHANGING DYNAMICS

Since this blog is devoted to the happenings within Second Life, I generally don't link to the official homepage. But when the homepage suddenly features a fully dynamic, Google Map-style interface, you know, I really should. Red dots on the map are in-world screenshots taken at that location, green dots mark upcoming events in that space.

Very cool as a first view into the world, though I wonder if Residents will embrace it-- when they can teleport at will from point to point in a few seconds or fly to most locations in a few minutes, do they really conceive of Second Life as a geographic space?

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So ... this is really cool, definitely. I've been chatting with a few other SL coders and we agree that we want direct hyperlinks to individual sim images. I explain how cool this could be on my blog:
http://secondtense.blogspot.com/2005/10/technology-predictions-17.html

I mentioned this idea to Eric, Ryan, and Pathfinder Linden this weekend in NYC, and they seemed to be under the impression that LL hadn't thought of that.

Uses for direct links to these images:
- Custom map-making (a la Google Earth style, where users could layer on their own landmarks - parks, shops, clubs, etc)
- Have the map on your website ("Here's my store!")
- Indexing the map for still-frame animations
- Driving Directions (Ice Brodie was talking about this idea)
- Maps with lines drawn on them for racing
And once HTML on a prim arrives:
- All of the above ideas, in-world
- Custom maps in-world for gaming HUDs
- Custom maps in-world for "map of my land"
- Treasure hunting maps

Posted by: Hiro Pendragon at Nov 14, 2005 5:48:12 AM

This would be great for my 'Out-world Chatting System'

Using the map to show the user where their 'Cube-atar' is would be useful :P

Posted by: Gleeb at Nov 14, 2005 7:16:32 AM

Kudos to the web team!

Posted by: Satchmo Prototype at Nov 14, 2005 9:02:09 AM

Perhaps this will help SLers view the world as a more coherent, unified space. In other words, a real world!

Posted by: Raissa Aridian at Nov 14, 2005 11:32:19 AM

I put together a presentation that mixes Second Life and Google Earth for this year's Accelerating Change conference. The pic-heavy slides are posted here on the Second Life Future Salon blog (audio on IT Conversations soon) and I'm working on new material if anyone wants to strike up a conversation inworld.

Everyone shouts out Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, but don't sleep on David Gelernter's Mirror Worlds! There's gold in dem dar hills. Check it out.

Posted by: SNOOPYbrown Zamboni at Nov 14, 2005 4:07:10 PM

It'll be great for selling real estate.

Posted by: Prokofy Neva at Nov 16, 2005 6:42:09 AM