One blog is enough

I decided recently that it was just too much of a hassle to maintain this blog, since blogging is just my way to keep track of my research in a nice chronological manner. Since most of my concepts are written in German it’s far easier for me to ditch the English blog (this one) and keep posting in German (Metaversability on Blogger).

But I had an idea: Since some of my English speaking friends would actually miss my blog, I integrated a „Google Translate“ Widget in my German blog so you can have it all with one mouse-click. Try it out – it really works! Those of you using Google Reader have the option to instantly translate anything anyway. I also transferred all articles to the other blog so it’s all in one place now.

I might cross-post some HowTo articles in the future so I’ll keep this blog up and running as an archive. Something like „How to Move from Tumblelog to WordPress, from Blogger to WP and from WordPress back to Blogger while keeping all your posts“ (that last one was a tough one, I can tell you!)

Bye for now,

Gaby aka Consiliera

Hangout.net – another room-based 3D virtual world

This is another room-based virtual world (working on both Mac and Windows!) , comparable with 3BRooms, Vivaty and JustLeapIn, seemingly addressing the teen crowd (their motto is „get a room“…) like Google’s Lively does. Facebook App included. The music in the video on their homepage is a little annoying after a few seconds but it looks like they have better web and media integration than Lively (which is not hard, I admit). It is still in closed beta and I hope I can get an invite soon to be able to test it. It’s been a Techcrunch50 winner and the official Metaverse evangelists of IBM Hursley have been playing around with it, too, so it could be a promising approach.

hangout.net room

The Psychology Of MMO Players: Community Managers and Psychologists Speak

A group of MMO community managers and psychologists from the University of Texas came together at GDC Austin to examine common scenarios.

community managers „are being the police, the therapists, the legal system, the arbitrators.“

Dr. Gosling urges the industry to take advice from outside disciplines, such as psychologists, and even consider specialization in different aspects of community management.

Read the full blog post here: AGDC: The Psychology Of MMO Players: Community Managers, Psychologists Speak >>

If you don’t “get” Facebook and Twitter, read this NY Times article [Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog]

Blog post listing the highlights of an excellent New York Times article by Clive Thompson (who is also columnist in Wired magazine) about:

– the psychological and sociological view: ambient awareness and weak ties

– how microblogging and social networking is having effects a small-town life has

If you don’t “get” Facebook and Twitter, read this NY Times article on Lightspeed Venture Partners Blog >>