For those of you who were not at the Virtual Worlds 2007 Conference and Expo last week, there were a number of announcements by ourselves and others that were not product specific in nature, but rather more focused on overall industry development.First among those was the launch of the Metaverse Market Index (MMI), which is an effort spearheaded by Nick Wilson at Metaversed and Prof. Robert Bloomfield at Cornell University. The MMI is an organization that was recently developed by and for the industry to track adoption, economies and use activity of virtual worlds. This is an important step in the maturation of the industry, as we move beyond early vendor-specific approaches to measuring the market to a more industry-common measure. This will clear up any ambiguity for people outside of the industry when trying to separate fact from hype, as well as allow people within the industry with a common yardstick (meter-stick for those not in the coalition of the metrically challenged) by which to monitor the growth of the industry.Next, and possibly more contentious, is the notion of the Virtual World Interoperability Forum. This requires a bit more elaboration…… Read More »
Thanks to this week’s Web 2.0 Conference, much of the buzz in the Valley this week has been about increasingly clever ways to participate in or leverage the social graph. Well, actually, many of the articles this week talk cryptically about “opening APIs” and competition for your profile and online participation from various online juggernauts, with a dash of Semantic Web thrown in for good meaure — all of which is probably difficult for most mortals to follow. You probably need a vacation. Read More »
Speaking of hosting meet-ups in virtual places, and reducing carbon footprint, our public presence in virtual worlds is about providing a place for our customers, stakeholders, partners, and others, our ‘worldwide virtual family’, to meet for different purposes. Cisco will be hosting our first Cisco Channel Partner career fair at our Second Life campus, between the Channel Partner pavilion and the Technology Center building on Cisco Systems 3. Why have a Second Life career fair? Read More »
It’s Blog Action Day!I had written previously about the opportunities to reduce air travel by substituting virtual meetings for physical meetings, however reading through the excellent work already being done for Blog Action day has really got me motivated to make a change today.I’d like to make a bargain with you……http://blogs.webex.com/webex_interactions/2007/10/cost-benefits-o.htmlFor the remainder of the year, don’t fly. Neither will I. Instead, we will use the amazing array of tools at our disposal, from Telepresence to WebEx to avatar-mediated communications, to approximate the magic of physical proximity.What’s the bargain? I promise to pay $1000 out of my own pocket per airline trip that I take between now and the end of the year. Where does that $1000 go? Read More »
Check out what attendees at the Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo think about the future of virtual worlds.