|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.