Originally Posted by Ann Otoole
so now we know why amanada [sic] (came with klingdon from organic) is pushing to out all rl identities in SL.
Having no idea where this came from, and not being answered about a link, I went and dug for it myself. The Time for Work Avatars has Arrived
An official SL blog entry, dated October 14, in which Amanda Linden interviewed Sam Driver of ThinkBalm.
| Sam: Keep in mind that personalizing the way we represent ourselves in these professional communication contexts doesn’t change our professional identity. Employees’ real professional names are in the enterprise directory, and enterprise directories are tied in with the applications people use every day to get their jobs done. In the workplace, peoples’ real names appear everywhere. As more organizations deploy immersive technologies in the workplace, it will become common for people to use their real names in immersive environments, just as real names are used with other kinds of applications. It will become automatic as immersive environments become integrated with enterprise directories. |
The challenge right now in Second Life is that Second Life was originally built on the premise that people shouldn’t use their real names in the environment. Second Life was not designed as a work tool. The workaround we recommend, until we can use our real professional names for our avatars in Second Life, is to list your real professional name on the “First Life” tab of your Second Life profile and wear a name tag that displays your real name and affiliation. Again: this advice is targeted at people who are using Second Life for professional, work-related reasons.
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| Amanda: Assuming that Second Life will eventually offer the option to use real names, how will avatar identities shift? |
Sam: Offering people the option to use their real names for their avatars is one of the best strategic moves Linden Lab can make to bring Second Life into the professional limelight.
Anne took Sam's words, put them in Amanda's mouth and then framed a question based on her misreading:
So at some point in the future you are going to allow us to create accounts using our real life names or are you intending to force our real life identies out...
In short, this was about "Nebraska" before we knew what Nebraska was... and where the "outing" came from was out of Anne's head.