Avatar Dress Codes in 3D Virtual World Meetings
Working in a “virtual world” should be no less specialized than showing up at a brick and mortar building. It can seem fun to try on an avatar alter ego, but when your avatar represents you in the business arena the need for a specialized persona remains. This is particularly true when an avatar is used as a representative of your employer.
With the ever increasing need to cut costs, virtual meetings are becoming more popular to address rising travel expenses. Popular Web conferencing tools include: WebEx Meeting Center, PlaceWare Conference Center, Raindance Web Conferencing Pro 5.0, Genesys Meeting Center, and Centra Conference 5.0.
Then there are the 3D virtual worlds like Second Life which represent the next generation of virtual conferencing tools; it is a free 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat.
Many other casual and business-focussed virtual meeting platforms are being developed to meet the growing need and most seem to be free for users. Outerworlds offers its user the opportunity to drop in for a chat or analyze its many community and privately owned worlds with themes that are limited only by the imagination. ActiveWorlds professes to be “the web’s most powerful virtual world’s experience, letting you visit and chat in incredible 3D worlds that are built by other users.”
Whether meeting in the virtual world to ease business conferences or just for fun, careful thought should be put into how your avatar represents who you are and/or who you are representing.
What’s your favourite 3D Virtual World?