The rumor is circulating that a group called the Freedom Continent has won the ‘contract’ to provide gateways to Zindra, the Adult Content continent. I have yet to see any formal announcement of the winner. Venus Petrov points out the gateway privatization in a post in the SL Forum and brings up another interesting point. She asks if this privatization of gateway hubs is a pilot project that may be extended to gateway hubs in PG and M rated regions. You can read the thread and see what people are thinking. If you are a shop owner and this is a pilot, this will affect you.
Along with that rumor is news from Viale Linden that searches using the term ‘Zindra’ will no longer return the Linden owned gateway Zindra (region) as the #1 result. I guess because they changed the region’s name. So, privatization is underway.
In the 11/7 Adult Continent User Group (ACUG) meeting Blackcrow6667 Garmes spoke. I was late getting there as a preceding group meeting ran over, or at least I stayed over because of interesting conversation. According to Black the first part of the proposal Black was making is to build a learning center. The idea is to teach people to build in SL with Prims, Sculpties, Mesh, and to script. I wonder if it matters that the Zindra Help Vortex does the same sort of thing?
In any event Black’s Proposal is:
To grow Zindra through the support of;
(1) a Zindra Builders group to promote, orchestrate and encourage user participation through regular speed builds, show and tells and scripting and mesh creation lectures at Zindra Vortex; effectively transforming it into a one of a kind learning center,
(2) Grid Wide Photo-Sharing using the PixQuix HUD allowing any resident to freely share and view fashion and event photos and contest winners across the entirety of Second Life both within their viewer and by slideshow at various locations around Zindra,
(3) The promotion of a Zindra Trending group to encourage group chat discussion of themed trends, fashion show events and ongoing sponsored hunts and
(4) The use and promotion of Facade to further trending as the most advanced Midnight Mania-styled game board created to allow residents to teleport directly from board to board, store to store (removing the need for owners to group spam locations) throughout the Zindra continent to effectively encourage business.
After reading through the proposal, items 1 to 3 are pretty much in place now, but by others. Photos are shared in a number of ways now. Just over 2 years ago I wrote a review of photo sharing sites creatively titled: Photo Sharing Sites Review. 🙄
We have a photo sharing site custom made for Second Life called KOINUP. It is designed for use with all virtual worlds. A resident by the name of Talia Tokugaawwa makes a KOINUP Exploration HUD and sells it for L$0 in the Market Place: KOINUP Exploration HUD. I’ve used it and it is pretty nice. I’m not that much into KOINUP as most of my SL Photography is for use on the blog or package covers… Geez, I’m getting old and boring at 3 years old… I’ve gotta find some new boy toys… or something.
Item 4 is however interesting. Not only is Façade an interesting product it and suggests a motive for why anyone would want to run gateways. If I understand, the gateways will be 4 regions and the operator will have to pay the tier on four regions, which is like US$1,200 per month. It is unclear whether Freedom Continent is taking on that level of commitment.
Façade is like a Midnight Mania prize vendor, but better. It uses an external to SL web server. This allows all the Façade machines to be networked. Like a hunt forwards hunters to each new location, Façade can forward people to the networked Façade machines. It is sort of an endless hunt without the participant setup headaches. As the network grows more people play and they have more chances to win by visiting more places. So, Façade is anticipated to be an excellent traffic builder. Whether it brings is the type of customer you want is debatable. SL Marketing things tend to lack demographic selection.
Façade does not have to be configured. That makes it easier to use. Big plus.
All users of Façade can see the network-wide statistics. Numbers are always helpful for economic business decisions.
My impression of Black’s presentation and Façade is that it is mostly a sales pitch. It has possibilities. As a byproduct there may be some benefit to the Zindra land owners but I don’t a see a revolutionary paradigm shift that is going to change player retention or region visitor rates. Time will tell.
What was formerly The Zindra region appears to have been renamed. May be Mosh South… I’m not sure but I think that is right. I am told that Zindra Prime is the new Zindra gateway run by the gateway proposal winner. As of yet there is no official word from the Lindens that I can find. I remain unconvinced.
Some rumor has Freecom Continent as the proposal winner. Don’t expect to open your world map and find Freedom Continent. There is no way to name continents within Second Life. Continent names are something we see on maps. But, there is a Freedom Continent group within SL. From the information on the group one can find that Bondage Ranch, Think Kink!, MoDesign, Latex Station, Pirandello Bay , Blacksilk Academy are parts of the Freedom Continent.
Also, Forceme Silverspar has written an article about joining Freedom Continent. Who is Forceme? I have no clue. But, she has a blog so you can figure it out. Whoever, she now has the privilege of rebuilding the Information Hub for the Freedom Continent in a region named The Farthest Shore.
Serjourn Daxter is shown as the founder of the Freedom Continent and owner of several regions that make up the Freedom Continent.
So, I expect this to be the new gateway to Second Life’s adult content, if Freedom Continent did in fact win the proposal. We’ll have to see what happens as some saying they have inside knowledge that places the new gateway at Zindra Prime. A point they make is from the August 26, 2011 ACUG meeting minutes where Viale Linden points to the Zindra Request for Proposal that promises exclusive use of the Zindra name. See the 4th paragraph.
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