Official Second Life blog picks up RSS NewsScreens and blogHUD!

So, there I was last night,hanging around on the ‘RSS Platform’ in Nooribeom, watching the fearsome news of the ‘Real World’ fly by, when none other than Hamlet Au, the ‘embedded journalist’ in Second Life (though not at Linden Lab any more) on New World Notes dropped by to check out the BBC NewsScreens I set up here. There’s a CNN one nearby too, by the way – next to the ‘River of News’ :) The screens read a list of feeds and loop through them, 10 stories at a time.
The good thing about the BBC News ones are the feed content has specific limits in the text entries. I happen to know that this is due to the journalists having to write stories which can run across many platforms. They have strict limits to the amount of characters for the headline and description text. This increases their value. On platforms with different text and size/resolution constraints, Flash is excellent at dealing with this, as you can embed fonts and that it is a ‘vector-based’ format, meaning you can stretch it any way you like and you will not lose resolution. At any size, if you do it right.

Second Life and the LSL scripting language presents many opportunities for an old skool web hack createc like myself. I frequently tell people that SL makes me feel as excited as I did when I first saw the web over 10 years ago. ;) And no, it wasn’t for all the adult content (though be aware that most technology developed for the adult industry ends up revolutionising the mainstream in some way) it was for the ability to communicate with other people all around the world. Connect them. Network with them. And even meet them sometimes. (I’m still great friends with a couple in New Jersey who were the first people I met through the internet 12 years ago, through a mutual appreciation of the band ‘The Stone Roses‘. I met my partner online too. 8 years ago!)

With easy tools to publish content, media, whatever you want to call it, along with easy ways do consume, organise, filter and rate it it, there you have it. Bingo moment. Democratisation of media. Open mashable consumption by an constantly evolving , iterative audience.

I heart feeds. ;) Thanks Dave.

Want to build an ‘OPML Tree’?

Koz Farina interviewed on the SecondCast about the blogHUD

Come and listen to the Purple Pants episode of the excellent SecondCast. [mp3] This was also broadcast live in-world for another 5 hours after the show! ;) I was invited on to talk about the blogHUD mainly, but we ended up covering up alot of ground. Thanks everyone!
omg! I can’t believe I didn’t post this before. I’m been mad busy before, during and since the Podcast & Portable Media Expo. Now recovering still, after another trans-atlantic, pan-american trip.

What a great time. I’ll post a full report later. But just to say thanks so much to the Libsyn guys, Dave and Marty for giving me a lift into Santa Monica. You dudes ROOL! Two of the smartest, funniest guys I have met in a long time. To Mark from CNN being a great connector of people and choosing the Italian restaurant, over the ‘bbq'(ish) ;)

And to Scott from Apple, you rule. (Statistically speaking ;) ) heh. It will be good to catch up in a more sober environment ;) – OPML is the futuuuuureeee. ;)

And Nokia, thanks for the N91. I have been waiting for this for a loooong time. Since April 2005, it would seem!!! ;) wow