February 10, 2008
Web 2.0 Convergence: Second Life Plus Wikis
One of the fascinating things about Web 2.0 is that if you use one, there seems to be a tendency to use more of them. So you might see some one you know from one network in another, or you might see people listing contact information with a bunch of different Web 2.0 environments included, like this:
I think of this as 2.0 convergence. This convergence also shows up through the integration of social tech tools in each other. Embedding Flickr pics or Slideshare presentations in blogs would be one example.
One of the examples of convergence that I find most interesting is the large number of blogs and wikis that have grown up around Second Life activities. The blogs are easy to find, so I will let you discover those on your own. The wikis tend to fulfill rich information needs around using Second Life for specialized tasks.
Here are a few examples.
The Second Life wiki for any resident to edit: https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Main_Page
SimTeach - the Second Life Education Wiki: http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Second_Life_Education_Wiki
Second Life in Education: http://sleducation.wikispaces.com/
History of Second Life Wikia: http://secondlife.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Second Life Science Center: http://sl-science-center.wikispaces.com/
Useful Chem Wikspaces: http://usefulchem.wikispaces.com/
One of the new additions to this collection is the SLHealthy wiki, which gathers information about health and health care locations, groups, and events in Second Life. SLHealthy was presented this weekend at the SLang Health event in the SLang Library.
Slide presentation with script available at the SLHealthy wiki: