Interview in Second Life

I was just handed an article in today’s Wall Street Journal titled “A Job Interview You Don’t Have to Show Up For.” Apparently some big companies are experimenting with holding interviews in Second Life!! Personally, I think it’s a bit silly – but I guess I can see the merits if the job is for a programmer or tech savvy person.

But on Second Life, job seekers who are less tech-savvy are finding they can wind up shooting themselves in their virtual feet. When they start, some people have a hard time designing and controlling their avatars. Stephan Dowler, 37, a chef in Frederick, Md., went through an online training course offered by TMP before the recruitment event.

“I spent six hours working on the character and figuring out how to get around,” says Mr. Dowler, who applied for a job as an executive chef at Sodexho.

He named his avatar Estephan Dollinger. “I gave him a big nose and brown eyes like me,” he says. But he couldn’t figure out how to dress the avatar in a suit for the interview, so Estephan showed up wearing jeans and a pullover.

Mr. Dowler didn’t have any major technical problems, although during the job interview, he couldn’t figure out how to manipulate the avatar to sit in the chair — so he sat it on top instead. (Others at the event began floating in the air while doing their interviews.) It sometimes became confusing when different Sodexho employees asked him questions at the same time, he says.

I guess if you’re interviewing for Google and you can’t get your avatar to stay on the ground you might not be cut out for the job … but I still think you should see and talk to people in person – even if it is just for their second interview :)

Second Life Frustrations

Most of you have probably heard about the security problems at Second Life – but have you had problems getting back in? I have. When I was prompted to reset my password the form was unable to load my secret question. This left 2 options open to me. 1 – I could list 3 friends (first & last names) – yeah right. 2 – I could enter how much Linden charged me most recently – well that total as $0 and it didn’t work!! So I ended up locked out of my account. I emailed only to get a phone number – I called only to get voicemail – I left a message only to get NOTHING!!

I have contemplated starting a new account – but my avatar has all kinds of neat things and they were all organized nicely – I’d hate to lose all of that. So if you’re wondering where Talia Nicholas has been – she’s at home fuming and trying to figure out how to get back into her account :(

Real Life Stores in Second Life

I just read on the business2blog that Amazon is informally working on a way to let people open shops in Second Life and sell real goods.

Some engineers at Amazon are informally working on linking Amazon’s APIs to the virtual world Second Life. If that were to happen, it would mean that Second Lifers could then open up virtual shops selling real-world goods (via Amazon).

Library 2.0 Extravaganza

From OPAL-Online:

Thursday, June 15, 2006: Alliance Library System Online Innovation Institute Library 2.0 Extravaganza!

Speaker: Michael Stephens, Writer/Trainer/Teacher/Creator of the Tame the Web Blog

This special event is sponsored by the Alliance Online Innovation Institute.

Free for all Alliance Library System members; $25.00 for all other registrants. When you sign up you will be given the opportunity to select a payment option. Create an account to register online at the CLeO online registration service.

Please Note: Each of the four sessions in this one-day institute will last approximately one hour. The entire institute will be repeated on Friday, June 16, 2006. You may participate either in the OPAL room of the Alliance Innovation Institute or in the Alliance Second Life Library 2.0 through the virtual reality site Second Life.

9:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 8:30 a.m. Central, 7:30 a.m. Mountain, 6:30 a.m. Pacific and Second Life, and 1:30 p.m. GMT:
WEBLOGS & LIBRARIES: An in-depth look at the Biblioblogosphere — all things blogs, libraries and librarians. We’ll discuss best practices and lessons learned to make your library blog the most dynamic area of your web site!

11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Mountain, 8:00 a.m. Pacific and Second Life, and 3:00 p.m. GMT:
INSTANT MESSAGING: DO YOU IM? How are libraries and librarians using Instant Messaging? This session explores a grass roots effort by many libraries to meet users where they interact online. We’ll explore best practices and implementation strategies.

12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 11:30 a.m. Central, 10:30 a.m. Mountain, 9:30 a.m. Pacific and Second Life, and 4:30 p.m. GMT:
SOCIAL SOFTWARE: A SURVEY OF WEB 2.0. Librarians are finding their users are interacting online is social spaces and sites: creating content, collaborating, and building communities? What are some of the thriving social sites? How can we participate in sites like MySpace and Facebook?

2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1:00 p.m. Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific and Second Life, and 6:00 p.m. GMT:
CREATING STAFF BUY IN FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES: No matter what Web 2.0 technology you start with, a key element is staff buy in. We’ll present Ten Tips for Staff Buy in and offer takeaways to get the ball rolling.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Lori Bell, Director of Innovation at the Alliance Library System.

My first meeting in the Second Life Library

I am right now attending my very first meeting in the Library 2.0 in Second Life. It’s a meeting about what we want the library to be and how we can make it that.

The discussion started with the wish for us to be able to co-browse in SL so that we can show people where to find resources online – which makes sense – but isn’t possible yet.

Now we’re talking (well everyone else is – I’m just reading for now) about offering classes and renting out spaces for other in world groups to house their meetings.

Anyway, if you haven’t signed up yet – I recommend you do – if for no other reason than to meet up with other librarians in a new setting. For now you can check out my set on Flickr.

Learn about other events by keeping up with the Second Life Library 2.0 Blog.

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My Second Life Avatar

My Second Life Avatar
Originally uploaded by talia679.

I finally signed up for Second Life. I wanted to check out the Library 2.0 in the game. It was really amazing!

I was part of the beta testing for Second Life when the game first came out – after the beta was over I didn’t play anymore – I had my own property and had a bunch of money – but I gave it all away :(

Anyway, I joined up today and was a bit annoyed that to verify my account I had to either give them my PayPal info, CC info, or accept a text message – I don’t pay the extra for text messaging on my cell phone package – so I had to accept the charge – but I guess it’s less than most only games.

It took me a little while to find my inventory of clothing – so I’m still in the outfit they started me in – I’ll work on it.

There is an orientation on Weds the 31st, but I may not be able to attend because it’s right at the time I’ll be on my comute home :( Hopefully they offer another one soon.

[update]I forgot to tell you – my name in Second Life is Talia Nicholas[/update]

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More on Second Life

A little while ago I posted about how I wasn’t sure how Second Life could be used by libraries – apparently OPAL and the Alliance Library System have come up with a way:

Alliance Library System and OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) are pleased to announce that selected OPAL programs will soon be offered in the online virtual reality game Second Life. Book discussions, training sessions, and other programs will be offered to current virtual residents. The goal of the project is to promote the real library and online library services to adults who might not otherwise use the library.

This from the Alliance Library System site.

What an interesting idea! I might just join back up for Second Life and see how this works out.

The first event is today:

Getting Along with IT staff for Librarians and Educators
Date: Friday, April 21, 2006 Time: 8:00AM – 9:00AM (60 minutes) Pacific time, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Central time 11:00-12:00 am Eastern time
Location: Juanita (217,241)

Keep up with this project at the Second Life Library 2.0 Blog.

Thanks Library TechBytes for pointing this out.