October 18, 2009

Under the Second Life microscope


Chris AbrahamI had the coolest interview recently. The gang from Metanomics invited me to take part in the Metanomics Community Forum yesterday “in world” in Second Life, where I spent an hour in open conversation with around 35-plus folks in world: On My Mind with Chris Abraham – Community Forum.

I loved it because everyone on Second Life is bright, passionate, curious, open, and smart — fellow nerds, maybe. What made my day, however, was that I was being interviewed as though I were from an alien culture!

Continue reading

August 18, 2009

Online communities are most authentic

second-life
Amanda in Second Life, by Cosmic Kitty

Chris Abraham“As long as the roots of relationship are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the community’s garden. There will be growth in the spring!”
Chauncey Gardiner, from Being There

Online communities are not virtual. They don’t exist only in the bits and bytes on the series of pipes known as the interwebs. To the contrary, I have found, in the 26 years that I have been online, that the relationships and bonds that people form online are not only real but in many cases are more authentic because they’re chosen by each member rather than being thrust upon them by history, family, or cultural expectations. (Via the Communispace blog)

Continue reading

June 19, 2009

Twitter, Facebook Just ‘Virtual Ballrooms’

Chris AbrahamTools don’t matter, and the best ones get out of the way, allowing people to connect more easily and effectively. That was my big takeaway from last Friday’s second-annual Blog Potomac.

Obsessing about “what’s next” in online services and technology saps too much valuable attention away from what’s really important: connecting with people. We need to stop obsessing on what comes after Twitter and focus instead on how best to connect to, communicate with and relate to our clients, colleagues and consumers.

Continue reading

June 1, 2009

Twitter’s hype is different than Second Life’s

Image representing Twitter as depicted in Crun...
Image via CrunchBase

Chris AbrahamOne of my favorite clients, Fabrice Grinda, believes that Twitter is all hype. Call it Twitter Skepticism — the kind of unwarranted hype associated with Second Life. I consider this a fine challenge, so I left a comment — well, I left an entire rant, and didn’t even get into talking about organic SEO, PageRank, and the like. Tell me what you think:

Long story short, Twitter is light, cheap, open and permanent where Second Life is heavy, expensive, closed and ephemeral.

Twitter does everything right where Second Life failed.

Continue reading