I needed some avatar pictures for an article I am preparing for the Telecommunication Journal of Australia, entitled,‘Is there a business case for using online virtual environments for meetings?’
I found these images on flickr. The first two I chose to illustrate the status of the newbie when compared to a seasoned Second Life Resident; the point being that the extreme personalisation capablities of the Second Life platform might be a barrier to enterprises wishing to use it. ( ‘You turn up at an event feeling like Cinderella at the ball’).
The third photo is not for the journal article but I could not resist it.
It flies in the face of the airbrushed aspirational ‘babes’ which usually populate the virtual world. I really like the forthright individualism of the avatar, and also it’s a most evocative image. The Second Life Flickr photostream is a rich source for extraordinary avatar images (far superior to Google’s ‘images’ search base). It demonstrates that some of us take mere snaps whilst others are true photographers, even when
1. It’s just a virtual world,
2.There are no environmental or technological variables
3. The only technique involved is a keystroke and a mouse click.