Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Step UP! Make your voice heard about Content Theft

Step UP Make sure to visit and spread this link --  http://stepupsl.wordpress.com/

Make your voice heard about Content Theft

In the wake of the wholesale theft of sims and content over the weekend, like many people we wanted to do something about it --and also about all the other content theft that we have been fighting for so long -- in the Content Creators Association and in magazines and on TV shows. Th Step Up! campaign is centred on a special day of action that everyone can become involved with, and that can empower and inform people.

Step UP! kiosks are now available on XStreet

 kiosks available on XStreet.and you should find them at tinyurl.com/ydlpely, or you can search on Step UP!  They are, of course, free.

Step UP!

Make your voice heard about Content Theft

If you want to find out more about Step UP! … CLICK

The start of Step UP!

Step Up!

We are aiming for a day that draws together action, education and celebration. We want a focus that empowers people – and rather than dictates to people, allows them to express their own creativity in a variety of ways. It also draws attention to the strength of feeling that there is here on the grid.
2) We need to make people feel empowered by what they do. And, because we are hardly the most time-free people on the grid – we need something that they can largely organize themselves!
So these are our thoughts: We are nominating a day as Step UP! Day – which will be  
November 5th – Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night in the UK.

a) On this day – 
no-one uploads textures to the grid.
This should show the economic power of people acting together, without harming content creators. We want Linden Lab to see the power of the feeling about the problem of content theft – and to discuss urgently strategies for tackling it.
b) As many people as possible wear an orange ribbon
as a sign of support for creators. And creators can design these – they can be lapel ribbons, they can be arm bands, they can be tee-shirts … the idea is to make the orange ribbon the theme of the day. And everyone who gets a free orange ribbon gets an information sheet – explaining what content theft is, what they can do about it etc. And they also get an information pack that they can give to their friends (which also contains an orange ribbon for their friends). Why orange? It’s been used before, but has no overwhelming association (unlike pink or red ribbons). It’s a bright, noticeable colour. It suggests explosions and colour …
And it’s an opportunity for stores and content creators to become involved too.

The day ends with parties. Bonfire parties. That means that all around the grid, people have parties. We’re not going to be trying to stage Big Events that maybe only 60 or 70 people can cram into. Instead we encourage every club to hold a Step Up! party. We encourage every musician to play Step UP! events. Everyone on the grid has a part to play. Everyone can take part.

This is going to come in several forms.
1) Info pack
These will be given out with orange ribbons in stores and at parties.
2) Media
Audio and Visual service ads. The Press. The Blogsphere – everyone can play there part in getting out the message that we have had enoufgh, and we have chosen to Step UP! against content theft.
3) Video
Short informational films – tutorials about content theft.
On the Designing Worlds shows we’ve talked again and again about the need for a social shift – so that people see content theft as socially and morally unacceptable. So … let’s go for it!
Watch this space for more details on how you can become involved, and how you can share with us your plans for Step UP! Day.
The concept originates with a small group – Angie Mornington, Gabrielle Riel, Gwen Carillon and Saffia Widdershins. But more and more people are now becoming involved. And you can too.

Todd’s Guide to Virtual World Business - www.VirtualWorldBusiness.com

Todd’s Guide to Virtual World Business
by Todd Borst of virtualworldbusiness.com

Want help with your Second Life business? Here is a reading guide to find just what you need.
A blog is a great medium for news and journal, but not so much for finding old but useful articles. Personally, I hate digging for content as well. That’s why I’ve made this post.
This list contains many of the articles written this far. It is broken down by topic for your reading pleasure.
Enjoy, bookmark & share with friends that might find it useful.

-Todd Borst

  Understanding Virtual World Business

Tools and Resources

Marketing and Generating Traffic

Warnings and Pitfalls

Motivation and Self-Discipline

Product Design Tips

Customer Service

Personal Introduction

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Face of Koinup Contest - Two Days Left to Submit an Entry

The Face of Koinup contest is wielding the most beautiful, unique pieces from all over the multi-metaverses.  September 30th is the deadline for submissions, so get your entries into the group ASAP.


Koinup is looking for new images to display on the front page.

5 winning entries will be displayed in the Koinup homepage

Koinup is more and more perceived as a guide/portal for virtual worlds. So we're looking for images (taken in virtual worlds) that showcase the most interesting/awesome things people can view, do or experience in a virtual world  Read all the rules, here

The Sims 2 by Ann
Second Life by Trixibelle

Check out all the current events, news, and contests from Koinup on their Facebook page:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Obama Trying Out Social Policies In 'Second Life'

Obama Trying Out Social Policies In 'Second Life'
September 25, 2009 | Issue 45•39

WASHINGTON—According to White House sources, an increasingly cautious President Obama has begun testing out parts of his executive agenda on the 15 million citizens of the online world known as Second Life. The commander in chief's avataran attractive African-American man with two more years of senatorial experience than the president—has already dedicated 3.5 billion Linden dollars to developing sustainable green energy in the virtual community. "After what happened when he expanded the Peace Corps, we're anticipating a large portion of the program will be cut," one unnamed administration official said. "I saw the screencaps myself. There were thousands of arrogant, college-age avatars just camping out, being of no help to anyone. It was awful." After moderators confirmed Monday that the virtual world is in no danger of terrorist attack because there is no death in Second Life, former vice president Dick Cheney reportedly canceled his recently opened account.

The Orange Island Project Comes to an End

The Orange Island project comes to an end

Parting with friends is never easy, no matter where and how you met them. The Orange Island project has reached its final stage: on the 29th of September 2009, we’ll be holding our final event, and move to new horizons, after two years of events in and around virtual worlds.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our closing event on Tuesday 29th September, to share our (and your) findings about virtual worlds… and beyond. We invite you to join us at 11 am SLT on Orange Island’s Lower Plaza Auditorium for a casual, open meeting with the team behind Orange Island and some insightful guests. We hope to see you there!


To follow up on the event, we’ll also release a document that sums up some of our findings, which we’ll share with you on this website the first week of October. Stay tuned!

The Orange Island Team

Together we did more

When Orange entered Second Life in October 2007, most RL brands and companies were leaving the platform. We set out to find out more, learning by doing, inspired and guided by the many talented, creative, innovative folks we met in and around SL. We thought we’d help them connect, share and collaborate, in a place that could also be their own. And so, Orange Island was born.

Orange Island was an experimental project aimed at getting a better understanding of virtual worlds. We wanted to learn about users and their cultures, content creation and collaboration, and the challenges of immersive, real-time social environments. Two years later, it’s safe to say that together we really did more. You and us played, explored, talked and created, we shared our passions and made many meaningful encounters. Because, as you know so well, there is no such thing as virtual memories – only real experiences.

We hope you too are proud of what we achieved together. Thank you for creating Orange Island with us.

The Orange Island Team
Fab Outlander / Eric Arkright / Sarn Aska / Nick Rhodes / Yesterday Demain / Natty Foggarty / Jade Lily

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Inworld Performer, Artist, DJ, Venue, & Info Custom Signs - Ravelong Does Custom in Second Life

Ravelong Productions (SLURL) offers custom-design inworld performer, artist, DJ, venue, & info signs.

As a marketer & performer in Second Life, I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a professional info sign on display during your creative events and projects.  With a sharp, crisp, easy-to-use info & tip board on display, your image or brand will be showcased in the most effective way possible.

~ Workable. Clickable. Modifiable ~

Each touch button on your info/tip sign board is custom designed & scripted to fit your needs:
 - One-touch Pay Buttons to tip/donate
- Cycling Picture Display
 - Bio/Info and Company Info
- Quick Link Loader to a Blog
- Easy fan access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg and all social network profiles.
Pays for itself immediately:
Full permission overlay multi-clickable boards and signs are $5000L
Basic sign options available for $3000L.
Discounts on multiple signs with similar scripting.
 Email DJDoubledown (at) gmail.com
IM Doubledown Tandino in Second Life