What price to recommend Second Life to others?

Linden Lab have begun their (extremely) low key advertising in an attempt to increase their userbase.  In the last 24 hours I’ve seen the new YouTube ad

and now I’ve just seen the Winterfest push.

Want to win 100,000L?  That’s around $400USD.  They’re giving that away each week during December. There’s a catch though, you have to find some poor soul who has never had an account and get them to not only sign up but log in..  

Between November 25th and December 31st, for each new person you successfully invite into Second Life using the form below, you’ll earn one chance to win the weekly drawing for a L$100,000 prize.

and the fine print (which they conveniently forget to mention in the blurb above) is that you don’t even get the Lindens.  It’s to be spent on Xstreet SL..  Which means that they manage to claw at least 5% back in commissions paid by the merchants that you bought from.

Very clever indeed.

Even if they were going to deposit the money straight into paypal I wouldn’t recommend SL to anyone.  I stopped bringing people in 18 months ago because of my disenchantment with the poor quality of SL and the behaviour of LL.  These days I don’t even admit to using Second Life to anyone I meet.  It’s become my shameful secret.

I’m sure there are others who will recommend, either because they still have that dewy eyed feeling or because $400 USD is a lot of money.  However, I value my credibility more. If I won’t recommend it for free then I certainly won’t recommend it for money.

Tweet of the Day

A tweet (From a non LL employee of course)

XStreetSL currently unavailable – We’re adding a category for Stolen and Ripped content, labeled “Bargain Bin.”about 6 hours ago from web 

There’s nothing like a good reputation now is there?

WTF? XStreet SL and the Halloween Spotlight Promotion

https://blogs.secondlife.com/community/commerce/blog/2009/10/22/halloween-spotlight-offers-virtual-tricks-and-treats

Am I the only one that thinks it’s a bit tacky that LL organise a marketing event for Halloween and use items in their publicity pics from a merchant who didn’t even know the marketing event was happening because LL didn’t tell him?  https://blogs.secondlife.com/thread/3791?start=0&tstart=0

The added wtf for me is that for this latest lapse in attention to anything even remotely approaching detail is that when the creator of the item found out not only didn’t they slip him into the promotion which had only started the day before nor did they publicly acknowledge on the promo picture who created the item but  added insult was they seemed to think that since one of the team had bought it as a gift for someone the creator should be happy.

Of course they only had just shy of 200 applications to join the promo and they only accepted 86 of them.  Obviously not enough of those 86 creators had items good enough for the two publicity pictures and the banner ad used.

deep cynicism moment

Linden Labs have decided that despite the evidence that only around 10% of users of gaming sites actually ever look at the blogs a blog is going to be their main method of communication for anything official.  Unless they’re trying to bring attention to their latest favourites, then they can manage to send out emails.