I can’t actually remember when SL feed was launched. I remember it being in Beta then suddenly being live and no one being aware of it.
Back then you could only type a message and geotag a place in world and i remember wondering if i would ever find a use for it. Now we have the ability to love posts and ad snapshots to our feed and suddenly i find myself checking my SLfeed more regularly than Facebook or the SL social site i set up to keep track of my friends adventures.
Yet there are so many that still do not use SLfeed, either because they don’t know about it or refuse to use it because they don’t want another Facebook.
For me it has become a very important process in SL communication. Part of the reason you build a social group website is to gather information on what people like and dislike. To share ideas and grow ideas. To gain support and spread the word. This is why i created the Escapades Social site on wall.fm. This is why New Babbage works so well for roleplaying, and expanding its steampunk regions and creative energy.
The social gathering is vital for a group to succeed in SL.
But SLfeed is eating into this process. I find more information about Escapades from my friends and followers on SLfeed than i do from the Wall.fm site these days. SLfeed allows me to see where people have been, what they have found, i get to see what they have enjoyed and have a direct link to those places in SL, this is how it should be.
But while SLfeed is quickly replacing my need to use a social website it falls short of replacing entirely. Here is my top list of things SLfeed would need for me to close down the wall.fm site.
1. Destination Guide Integration.
I touched on my previous post how i wished they would integrate SLfeed into Destination guide instead of the Facebook social plugin in. It seems counter productive to not at least have an SLfeed ‘LOVE’ button. Same should be applied to Marketplace. WHY HAS’NT THIS HAPPENED YET!???
2. Groups on SLfeed.
When a group notification is sent out via in world group, it appears in the SLfeed of everyone in that group either appearing as sent from ‘resident’ via ‘such and such a group’ or the group has it’s own special feed created. Groups needs to be moved to SL feed in order to boost group usefulness & discussion.
One of the reasons i have a social Site on Wall.FM is for event calendars. There is currently no really group event calendar but if there was it would remove the need to organise and maintain an external calendar for in world group events.
4. Snapshot pools.
Thousands of Snapshots are being posted on SLfeed. It would be cool if we had more uses for them. I don’t have an ability to tag them or place them in gallery folders based on events etc. If they added something to search and view collections of snapshots, this would rival the SL use of Flickr while adding extras due to the fact snapshots can be geotagged to in world locations.
SLfeed is pretty cool, but it’s not without it’s frustrating oddities such as how useful is ‘Recommendations’ ? and why when i click inbox do i get Messages as default open page instead of the vastly more used Notification page? And does anyone else find it frustrating that the notifications give you no clue what messages are being commented on?
But these frustrations in no way mean you should not be using SLfeed. If you have not started using it, then you are missing out!