Second Life provides a virtual world to project your digital presence. It provides a gaming approach to social networking which allows users a more exciting visual experience.
I was stymied significantly by my computer’s lack of grunt. I found the environment difficult to navigate and the avatar almost impossible to reposition because most of my screen was blanked out in pink! Given a better system, I would like to investigate further to fully appreciate this social networking tool. At present, because I haven’t been able to investigate further, I am a little unsure why people are so interested in it. I have read several posts in the INF506 Facebook page detailing the interest and excitement associated with using Second Life, but cannot connect enough to appreciate it.
It clearly shows me that there are a multitude of ‘styles’ in social media tools and each person will be drawn to different features. For example, I find Twitter difficult to use. The extra connections in the conversation interrupt the flow of what I am reading and it causes difficulties for me. On the other hand my husband loves Twitter and would use it over Facebook. I have met people who are addicted to Facebook but see no purpose in a tool such as Delicious or Pinterest. It is important as a TL to appreciate this diversity. Not everyone will connect at the same level. Go slow and be persistent to encourage further connection to a social networking tool that will really change the work environment, but don’t expect everyone to jump on the bandwagon with the same enthusiasm.