Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Thoughts on Dio and the Future of Linden Lab

My first dio space

I've got to hand it to Linden Lab. I was skeptical about the "Makers of Shared Creative Spaces" rebranding when they launched it last year. But it's turned out to be a fitting description for their emerging product portfolio. They seem to have a very clear vision for their future, which centers around creating platforms for people who like to create, share and enjoy user-generated content. Sure, it's not as revolutionary as Second Life. But empowering creativity is a worthy mission.

I've been playing around a bit with dio, which just went into open beta yesterday. Here's how they describe it:
dio places are personal and public spaces filled with pictures, video, text and even interactive objects. Places are arranged spatially so users can travel and explore streets, buildings, houses and cities -- just like they can in the real world!
Inara Pey posted a pretty good overview already, so I'll just share my first impression.

dio is off to a good start. It uses the conceptual metaphor of rooms and objects to create the psychological illusion of geography in a page-based interface. The design is clean. I was able to create a space and add content without too many missteps. There were about a hundred things I wanted to do that weren't supported yet, as I was putting my space together. But that's typical for such an early release. As a matter of fact, I'm glad they put this out early enough to direct their development based on user feedback.

I'll have more to report after I've spend more time with it. You can check up on my in-progress space here.



modemworld said...

Thanks for the mention :)

Still banging dio (?!? the connotations contained in those two words...) - unlike you, unable to get videos to load. No idea if it is connection, format or size - I just get booted to the Community Page when the video hits 17% loaded. :(.

I'm finding it very easy to get drawn-into it; my public room isn't much more than a photo gallery (and very incomplete), but the capability for interactive tours, learning, etc., is attractive.

Yordie Sands said...

I watched all the vids. I found Dio to be interesting but putting on my software engineering hat, I saw nothing in the technology or interface that couldn't be duplicated by ohter professional dev labs... and relatively fast.

I suspect there are people who will find this to be a useful tool for presenting content to audiences in an easy to use format. As for LL's ability to create a need for the tool, I suspect it's a question of how much of SL's cash flow will be poured into the product.

Botgirl Questi said...

Inara: That's especially disturbing because it brings this image to mind:

Yordie; I think their ace in the hole is that there a tens of thousands of Second Lifers who have the technical chops to create content there. As for sucking up SL's cash flow, I suspect they have a just a small team working on it.