Sadly I wasn’t able to make it to the meeting and rarely can because of the time it’s always at but more on that later. I just wanted to add my two cents and hope it’s of use. I did also post this on the YouTube video I used to catch up on the news, but thought it worth putting here too.
I’m glad the “build it and they will come” part came up. I’ve tried HiFi for 6 or 7 hours, took the Nefetari Tomb tour (which was AMAZING!) but it everywhere else, including the start area was a ghost town. This could be my UK Timezone though I was on during our peak time on a weekday evening. Aside for the tomb tour I came across maybe 4 people. It was not encouraging.
I want to see HiFi grow and I want to lose myself into HiFi the way I did Second Life, but I don’t want to commit so much time and effort to become a content creator for a platform that’s barren. It’s a bit of a Chicken and Egg situation. Maybe something can be done in the start town to make it a busier place, much like what was suggest by Tokee (sorry if that’s spelt wrong, I can’t see your name above your head in the video which is funny given your suggestion hehe) and with more things to do to encourage new users to stick around.
I echo the comments about making money like in Second Life. I was an SL business owner and that would definitely draw me to HiFi if I could in some way draw an income, whether that’s virtual tours around a business modelled from real life that can link to a business’ website, or a “meet the owner” where you can talk to real life business owners and network in VR, or selling items/experiences in game. I guess what I’m saying is, all the current “second life in VR” style platforms are all missing the one thing that was top of the list of what people enjoyed in SL and that’s commerce.
I’m curious as to the current user retention rate and wonder what else we can do about it when the flood of new users from each headset release comes.
Lastly, I’m surprised by the amount of Brits at the meeting. I find 10pm a little too inconvenient on a week night and I’m sure the Europeans at 11pm find it even more inconvenient. Is there a possibility to move these important meetings to a time that the most active countries have a higher likelihood of it being more convenient? Like say bringing it forward from 3pm PST time to 1pm PST, so you guys are able to get on during a lunchbreak, us in the UK can get on at 8pm, Europe 9pm, and East Australia then get a chance at 7am before they have to go to work.
I hope this was useful and I hope to see HiFi grow massively this year