Last year, I blogged about some projects we’ve done using Cisco TelePresence for usability testing and customer interviews. We have also begun using Cisco TelePresence quite a bit for collaborative design.
So you may have noticed a name change for this blog has taken place. Wondering why? Well the main driver is that virtual worlds does not really cover all of the topics being discussed in this blog. This blog started out mainly focusing on virtual world activity but has grown in scope since its launch in 2007. We have posts on virtual web based environments (mostly as relates to events), augmented reality, gaming, and of course virtual worlds so it seemed only fitting to change the name to more accurately reflect the content being shared.
The growth of the topics covered via this blog became very clear when I went to create this round up of articles on all things virtual. The articles included cover:
- augmented reality systems to make driving safer (including a video demonstration)
- the potential impact on carbon emmisions via the use of virtual meetings and events
- online gaming to reward kids for practicing positive social behaviours
- the trend towards virtual hyrbid event as an extension of a physical event
NBC’s 30 Rock is one of my favorite shows. And I’ll be tuning in for sure this Thursday evening (9:30 EST / 8:30 CST / 9:30 PST) to catch a really funny bit where Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) encounters bed bugs, a Cisco TelePresence system and the GE board of Directors.
This past week, Web usability expert Gerry McGovern spent a couple of days with us here at Cisco. We’re always working on improving areas of our Web, and Gerry has been helping us on some detailed research on customers’ and partners’ most important online tasks and experiences.
If you read Gerry’s online newsletters you know one of Gerry’s oft repeated mantras is that good content, well named links, and site simplicity are paramount. The bigger the site, the more important these things are.
One of the gems of the Internet is the “wayback machine” — the Internet Archive’s archive.org — which can show you a small snapshot of what your web site used to look like in days of yore. Those of us who work on web sites love the Wayback Machine because it shows us how far things have come and also reminds us all of a simpler time on the web.