I have been very quiet lately as I develop my own VR studio in Unity for Oculus, But JasonMo has commissioned me for phaze 2 of his production so here I am. Also since I see Hifi has secured another 35 megabux it appears Hifi is not going away in a hurry, it gives me renewed interest and faith in the platform.
I would like to point out an observation… Hifi could be more user friendly. Play along if you will.
The web first started like this, “oh theres this thing called the web, lets have a look at some web pages, hey this is cool, lets look at some more web pages”…5 years later…“oh you mean I can make my own web pages htf do you do that?”…2 years later… “whew now I have learned how to build my own page, this is great.”
Imagine if the web started like this, “oh theres this thing called the web, you can build your own web page…wtf how in the world do I do that?”…1 week later…“this is no fun its too hard”…leaves and goes back to Nintendo.
By putting emphasis on building your own domain, new users put all their energy into building their own domain and they think they have failed if they cant build their own domain, so they leave.
I think Hifi should concentrate on the end user, not the domain developer thats putting the cart before the horse, its too hard for most people and that is the exact result we have seen all this time. Sure there needs to be content but the www started with very little content but lots of passive users and the demand on the user was low.
We need to reduce the demand on the user, make it fun not hard work, this is why VRChat is winning, its easy, people dont have to build their own play areas.
Dont promote the making your own domain part so much, thats just splintering the user base.
The web always had the ability to host your own site but we didnt care, we wanted to consume,
we wanted to read about Star Trek, encyclopedias, music, porn, movie trivia, and study material, eventually email came and that was the extent of most peoples active contribution.
Letting people see other people online, and communicate remotely with other people is far more powerful and compelling than you might think, Facebook is testimony to this. With this in mind Hifi needs to improve and expand the groups system and introduce the ever promised global chat systems and even offline messaging and mailboxing systems, after all we are primarily a social network with no social networking abilities.
I suggest Hifi spend a few $10k (real money) and pay some of the most progressive domain developers existing today to create some compelling and interesting content to make a visit cool for the passive user.
Competitions can end up being extremely unfair as some regular people spend huge amounts of time and get nothing for their efforts and some unknown user pops in and takes the prize and is never seen again and takes his content away with him, thats unfair and pointless, it doesnt generate content.
Hifi needs user numbers, maybe give a weekly stipend of some HFC to every visitor who logs in daily to entice user numbers. They can then buy stuff. Buying from the marketplace has the benefit of not needing the user to have a hosting account, which I believe was one of the game killers here. Plus more users with spending money means more content creators will be working for the HFC. Its win win win to me.
I dont know I am thinking out loud now so I will pass the batton.