Second Life Voice Beta - the Addiction

I haven't updated here recently mainly because I have been spending a lot of time on the Second Life Voice Beta. It's really cool. The 3D panning works well and definitely creates an interesting and realistic experience.

I also have found that I am actually meeting people and making real connections on the Beta Grid. I tend to get lost in the shuffle on the Main Grid, but since the Beta Grid is a smaller and more tight knit community I don't find that to be the case.

It will be interesting to see how Linden Labs chooses to release this functionality into the Main Grid from a product marketing perspective. It's a killer feature, but I don't know that island owners (and certainly not residents) will want to line up to pay for it. But it may drive SL adoption in such a way that it's still beneficial to Linden Labs to go forward with it as a basic feature.

Hopefully we'll get Voice IM and Voice Group Chat released in one of the beta clients soon. Those are key missing features, but I'm sure the Lindens are hard at work.