When Lionel recently asked me to join the team of Direct2Dell bloggers to keep you all updated on our activities in Second Life, I have to admit I had some hesitation. Not because I have a problem blogging about what we’re doing in SL, I’m quite passionate about that and can talk for days on the topic (Lionel might have to cut me off when I run too long) but, probably because in my career I’ve more often been the person behind more visible people in organizations and Direct2Dell puts you out there on the world stage.
In light of our Online Communication Policy, it didn’t seem appropriate to post as Pyrrha Dell (my avatar name) either, although that’s how you will find me during my too-few opportunities to be in-world. Tateru Nino over at the Second Life Insider recently commented on how important it can be to think before choosing your SL name. I chose Pyrrha because she was the first avatar with the last name Dell in Second Life. (you can guess which well-known Dell was second) While we’re still working through all the details surrounding staffing of Dell Island, expect to meet many more of the Dell SL family in-world in the future. Offering support for our customers there is just one of the many things we want to do in Second Life.
Yes, we’ve officially launched and are open to the public, but we’re far from finished. I’ll post periodic updates here when we’ve added new elements to Dell Island or when we host special events there. Also, don’t forget that during his remarks on November 14, Ro Parra said the first Real Life (RL) system purchased through Second Life would be free—that prize has not been claimed yet! To start shopping for your next RL Dell in SL, simply go to the United States home page of Dell.com and select Second Life from the “Choose A Country/Region” drop-down menu. (RL purchase only available for U.S. residents at this time)
I appreciate the helpful suggestions we received after Lionel’s first post about Dell Island and look forward to more discussion. I think Lawrence might like the look of the new page to take you from Dell.com to Dell Island which will soon also include Linden’s Registration API. And Shukran, a member of our fantastic build team, has already commented on other creative suggestions. Michael W., Dell-branded backpacks are now available in the souvenir stand in Dell City and the t-shirts are on their way!
More to come soon.