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Less Flickr views, anyone?

May 31, 2007 10:36 am

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An intersting question raised by Looker Lumet: ‘But as from last week, the views dropped enormously. In fact so dramatically, that it can not be, that suddenly my pictures are not that good or interesting anymore?

Angi FargisYes, I ’suffer’ from the same. Where one of my pictures before easily made it to +500 views (with a +1k in one day max and a minimum of 100 or so) now a picture does ‘good as it comes to view rate’ when it reaches 300.

What’s causing this? Probably a combination of some of the following reasons:

  • More SL photographs on Flickr in general. Hence more photographs in the Second Life pool. Hence less ‘display time’ on the official SecondLife.com site. Hence less clicks upon them.
  • Me posting less ‘flesh’. Although the portrait of Vanny and Lisa with ’some nipple showing’ is stuck at 347 views as we speak.
  • Me commenting less on other people’s pictures. And thus less people wanting to return the favour / curious about my stream and pictures.
  • The new ‘labeling’ system. We are now amongst CGI or screenshots, not amongst normal photographs anymore. So a lot of people who have their flickr accounts configured to see only normal photographs are.. euhm.. missing out on our SL photographs. ;)
  • Overal snapshot quality improved. I assume were our pictures used to ‘jump out’, they do not do that anymore.
  • Maybe Flickr changed its ‘view counting’ system? (Although I can’t find anything about that on the forums/blog.)

Or did I miss out on something?

SLinovations: Prim Skirt Builder, FlickrView and SLIMChat

May 29, 2007 10:34 am

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Things that will make our SLives (or at least mine) a bit more comfortable:

Dalien’s Prim Skirt Builder

alien medusa prim skirt attacks it's creatorTired of creating and texturizing a prim, putting it inside a box armed with the LoopRez script, pressing that box and then finding out that if you want to change a minor thing to the prims, you have to start all over? Thank god Dalien got interested in fashion lately! :D

You have one prim that you should alter and all the other ones follow that prim’s lead. So with one touch upon the base prim you can change prim size, flex settings, textures, … . It also lets you choose how many prims you want and using channel commands the second control prim you can change the overal form of the skirt and link all the prims to a central point.

The Prim Skirt Builder is released under GPL license and came with a very flattering statement! ;) You can find out how to get it and read all about it on the Daltonic Gin blog. Ow and then there is the update on some minor changes with neat pictures and Dalien being attacked by his own prim skirt. I hope the medusa-skirt does not win this creator vs. creation battle.

On the side, I think I owe Dalien an apology: I’m sorry for blaming you for me not having finished that orange cross prim skirt yet. By now you have a created a great new SL fashionista gadget and I still didn’t finish the texture for that prim skirt. *blushes*

FlickrView 0.4

FlickrView 0.4Meanwhile Kris is working on FlickrView 0.4, constantly improving it. Want to show your Flickr stream to your friends in-world? Or want to browse those from others? Then FlickrView (using the Flickr API) is the way to go.

Wave goodbye to uploading textures, renaming them one by one and ordering them in your inventory. Hell, you don’t even need to upload any textures to SL at all anymore! You don’t need to copy paste picture UUIDs and/or add all the pictures to a notecard file anymore. You just *click*. W00t! ;)

SLIMChat

It seems that SLIMChat is currently not longer supported. The website says: Due to the unexpected need for hospitalization, Rin Redgrave will not be able to log on to Second Life for a little while, we will try to keep you updated. -Rin’s Family. If you haven’t done so already, do check out AjaxLife.

Now that SLeek (SLeek at code.google) is suffering from ‘after client update’ illness again, it might be interesting to take a look at SLIMChat, a Second Life instant messenger. Both use libsecondlife and need the .NET 2.0 Runtime Libraries. Yet SLeek is free to use and SLIMchat costs L$5000. Hmmm. Did someone fix Sleek yet?

In exchange for those 5k L$, SLIMChat promises that you can see which friends are online and which are not, that you can add new friends and send and receive notecards and L$. And I’m sure it will encounter the same problem as SLeek does: major SL client updates will require a SLIMChat update. So you won’t be able to do some SLimmin’ - neat new SL word, that I must admit! ;) - for the first couple of hours, days, whatever after such a major update. Furthermore RIndustries promises you life-time updates for the L$5000, but what if he gets tired of this? Or LL one day releases such a fully supported IM client for SL themselves? More about SLIMChat at the developer’s website.

Shorties on Voice, MyBloglog, Flickr, Tiessa, …

April 18, 2007 3:27 pm

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  1. SLforum.be could use some more visitors and forum activity. Flemish avies - and maybe the Dutch too, that is, if they behave - are very much welcomed on this Flemish SecondLife forum. As I felt like doing something crazy when registering back in the days, I left the space out of ‘Vint Falken’ for my username there: VintFalken it is. ;)

  2. Search.sheeplabs.com is now (in beta) what Google is to First Life, as they ’spider’ (or whatever you call that in SL) all public sims regularely and list all the objects markt as ‘for sale’. Let’s say we want a Luger or all objects on sale owned by Vint Falken? Yes, ego-surfing is allowed. Do tell me if something strange turns up? Lordfly Digeridoo’s ‘Sheep Search Rapeocide Fascist Tekno-Orgy’ blogpost gives you a good idea of the pro’s and con’s. For some maybe this is the only thing that matters, you can easily prevent the items you own being listed: just Opt-Out. You’re still fucked if you build let’s say a Celine Dion statue and somebody puts it on sale without opting-out. We’ll all know you have no music taste whatsoever! ^^ Btw: did you know SecondLife has it’s own yellow pages?

  3. Maybe this can prevent voice in SL ruining our economy: software voice changing stuff that can do male to female and a hardware voice changing tool. Hmmm, didn’t test any of them, but don’t be suprised if you soon hear a male Vint on the grid! ;) Ow, and history has learned us that castration works too.

  4. A special Flickr group for ‘Shots of everything going wrong in SecondLife. Unrezzable avatars and objects, “ruthed” avatars, wheapon attacks, spam attacks, sparked prims, messed up attachments, and the list must go on!’? Finally, SecondLife Oddities was born. The proud single-mom: CodeBastard Redgrave. Amongst my favorites in the oddities-pool: Looker Lumet ruthed (I guess he’ll have to wait ’till the 25th now, as the update of the 1.14 client was postponed. All *purrr*, please! :d), Marquez Tone looking handsome as ever and overall winner: Arahan Claveau’s T-shirt Glitch the misprinted texture itself sums up the situation nicely: ‘Region Unavailable’, ‘Damn SL’, ‘DAMN U SL!’ ‘The need to sort it out’ ‘Morons’. I’d even volunteer to wear that T-shirt! :d

  5. Tiessa has a new chapter posted on her - awesome - blog: Would you dance with me? (See Tiessa, I didn’t use ‘bimbo’, ‘mistress’ or ‘bdsm’ to link to you. I’m a good girl now, no? ;))

  6. You can actually add your flickr stream as a blog to mybloglog.com. Nice! Does that mean I’m getting (basic) statistics on that one too now? *Purrrs*

And a bit about me and the blog:

  1. Would anybody be interested in receiving a notification e-mail when a new blogpost is posted and the ability to subscribe to certain posts so you get notified when new comments are made? Or do we all know about co.comments and feedreaders? If interested, say so, and the necessary wordpress plugins will be added. ;)

  2. A lot of people told me to update my ‘About’ page and I agree it needs some changes, but I don’t know what to put there. Any suggestions? (Humor is allowed here, but do know that although my footsize is 0 most of the time, my tows are easily stepped upon! ;)

  3. Recently when logging in to my second life, SL tells me that I have to much IM’s waiting and they are capped off. So until I get a spam-protected contact form working, the safest way to contact me is to drop an e-mail at info at thisdomain dot com. *look at the url bar in your browser* :p

Flickr Gun Wars

March 27, 2007 10:22 am

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Now I’ve totally had it! First I had to find out about him cheating* on me on Flickr. And now he even thinks he’s some kind of hawt and sexy Andro Blond spy and is threatening me. I quote: ’some ladies here are playing with the fire, take care it could get very hot!!!’

Vint With Gun SilhouetteSo since yesterday, the decorative dagger is replaced with a SOCOM MK23 v1.1. Thank you, Zoe, for helping me pick out such a great gun. Killer laser beam for focussing, silencer, flashlight function for dark and evil places, … and a huge range of ammunition. Skills I’ve already mastered: drawing it, holstering it, modelling it. So just to make sure I don’t harm any innocent Avies, I’ve loaded it with training bullets. :D

Just look at both pictures and compare. Who looks like a pro hitmanwoman and who doesn’t? Now place your bets! ;)

Girls With Guns T-shirt (promo shot)And, ow! Look! I’m even dressed for the occasion! You can get the pink camo top for free on SLboutique. The ‘Girls With Guns’ T-shirt comes in a shirt, jacket and undershirt version.

* Technically speaking he can’t be cheating on me as we are not and never were involved. But we’ll just ignore that fact. *grins*

SL Photographs: CGI, screenshots or art?

March 23, 2007 8:05 am

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Flickr adjusted it’s (mean! mean! mean!) Nipsa-policy into one of filtered content. Basically we now need to decide that if SL snapshots we upload are screenshots or CGI/art/Illustration/other_non-photographic _images. The official Flickr forum thread can be found here. People that were Nipsad before, still need to ask for a review by Flickr staff to get their account restoreds, though!

My (simple) view:

Most of them are screenshots. If you take the time to do some thinking about composition, the poses, lightning and such it might pass as CGI. But art? I would label less then 1% of screenshots in the pool - be it edited or unedited ones - as art.

You have an opinion!? The SecondLife Flickr Group’s forum has it’s own thread about the content filtering.

Arahan Claveau on Channel4.com

March 21, 2007 4:09 pm

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Arahan Claveau / Steve MillerW00t, ‘our’ Arahan Claveau - those on Flickr will definitely know him - got mentioned on Channel4.com’s microsite about SecondLife.

And silly me was thinking Steve Miller was nothing but a hawt cyborg showing off his cute butt whilst pretending to be a gay gangster that is constantly snapshotting good looking girls in nazi uniforms, if he’s not - totally undressed - taking us to all sorts of interesting places on the grid.

Mr Claveau, could you please give us the SLurl to the ‘Sick Cat’ installation? Somehow Channel4 links are rather messed up. (Just tried, not working in IE either.)

Ok, the Sick Cat installation is old news and demolished, but a new one arrised and it’s called ‘the Super Fun Happy Club’. Do check it out.

Thoughts on Flickr Views

March 19, 2007 6:41 pm

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Why do some SecondLife snapshots/photographs get over 2k of views on Flickr and some end up having only twelve? Are they really that bad? No! Just look at Phinn Boffin’s awesome picture ‘Angel‘. This awesome photograph has had only 31 views in more then four months time. Yes, the Flickr Universe is that injust! ;)

Pole DancingFlickr has invented a horrible punishment called ‘Not In Public Site Areas‘, or shortly put: NIPSA. They reckon we are uploading ‘not photos’, ’screenshots’ and that some of us are even uploading snapshots that are ‘inappropriate for public areas’ or that ‘display full frontall nudity’. Booohooo!
Anyway, if you’ve been NIPSA’d by Flickr, there is nothing that you can do about it except complain and sob. Complain doesn’t help, not even if you have a payed account. The effect of the NIPSA/ban will be that your Flickr contacts can still see your pictures, but they will not show up on the main site and in group pools if the person viewing the photographs is not a member of that Flickr group.
Flickr staff say they are working on a ‘content filtering’ system that is high priority, but no further information about how it will work or when it will go public is released.

But let’s assume Flickr still thinks you’re a nice person and did not NIPSA you. Then this are some things I’ve discovered increase the view rate:

  • Naked Avie Flesh, preferable female. It didn’t come as a suprise to me that my two best ranking photographs contain uncovered breasts. Work well too: shiny, oiled skins and short skirts, huge minimally covered breasts and long legs.
  • If there’s one group you need to submit your pictures to it’s the Second Life Flickr group. The latest pictures from this group’s pool are shown on SecondLife.com’s media page as well as on blog.secondlife.com. That is, if you are not NIPSA’d. Do post when the grid is down as then a lot of people seem turn to clicking those pictures to get their daily dose of SecondLife. Remember that as this group pool is shown on the official SL site, you can only post PG stuff!
  • Pole DancingClose up action! Preferably an action that involves kissing and other foreplay stuff, hugging, posing really sexy, … . We are all curious about other people avies, what they do and how they feel. A photograph depecting a strong feeling of emotion, or that has an obvious sense of action in it will score better. It’s even better when the pictures is taken up close, as we are all voyeurist after all.
  • Is this possible within SL?! Bright, saturated colors, strong shadows, reflections, twin avies and images that are clearly post-processed do well too. The say bloody shots work great too.
  • Be original. Do not take photograph number 5658 that has the back of your avie in it, but hover your camera around, try some different angles, watch your composition. Take advantage of the fact that there are no limits as to where you place your camera in SL.
  • Tag your snapshots. You have a hawt lady-avie in your photograph? Well, then tag them ‘beauty’ and ’sexy’ for instance. A nice beach scene? ’sunset’, ‘beach’ and ‘romantic’ will make great tags. This way the photographs will show up when people search for those tags. And we all know what’s searched for most on the internet - besides Paris Hilton, maybe. :d Consider adding a (relevant) description too. Search engines look at that too to ‘label’ the picture.
  • Square Size 75×75 is the thumbnail format the pictures will show up in on SL’s official site. So pictures that still look interesting in that size are more likely to be clicked upon.

If you have knowledge I don’t have or totally disagree on this, feel free to comment.

This list is just about views. As for fav’s and comments I can only give you this advice: be nice, comment on other people’s pictures, join groups, take good shots, … . ;)

Snapshot Post-processing

February 27, 2007 12:28 pm

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'Red' by Melodious SourceMedodious Source supplied me with this hawt selfportrait as a source file. (No pun intended! ;) It had everything going for it: great model, great color scheme, great composition, great angle, great clothes, … So it was rather a challenge to see if I could ‘tune’ it a bit, without ruining those already present qualities.

After saying ‘Hocus Pocus Photoshop’ and waving around a bit with my magic wand drawing pen it turned into this:

Red by Melodious Source (post processing)

Maybe I’ve been a bit to enthousiastic and maybe I waved the drawing pen a bit to much. Dunno. Don’t care. Melodious still looks sexy. That’s the most important thing. ;)

Show Your Avie Week

February 19, 2007 11:32 am

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The ‘Show your Avie Week’ starts today. It’s a great way to show us how hawt you are or to get an idea of the different looks of your friends. It’s a fun thing to participate in and an easy way to get to know some new avatars.

And if you don’t buy that, just believe me when I say any reason for snapshotting is a good reason! ;)

How do I show my Avie?

  • Boot the Second Life client, find yourself a nice spot and take a snapshot (that brings out your best or worst features).
  • Fire up Photoshop/PaintshopPro/Paint/Flash/Fireworks/… and add your full Second Life name to your selfportrait. If you don’t know how to do that, drop a comment here, I’ll try to help you out.
  • Login to your Flickr account. / Create a (free) Flickr account.
  • Upload the photograph, and make sure to add “*firstname* *lastname*” to the photograph’s tags. You can repeat your name in your selfportrait’s description too if you want to.
  • If you’re not a member of the Flickr Second Life group, become one. Just press ‘Join this group’. Don’t worry, membership is free and they won’t send you annoying emails. ;)
  • Go to the picture you have just uploaded and choose ’send to group’ and then ‘Second Life’ from the drop down menu.
  • On the same picture page go to ‘all sizes’, click ‘thumbnail’ and copy the html code you get.
  • Go to the Show your Avatar Week topic and paste the html code you just copied and press ‘post now’ to submit your reply. Feel free to add some text about your Avie if you want.

If you have multiple avatars, nobody will stop you from showing them all. Please do remember, the Second Life Group on Flickr is PG, which means you can’t post any full frontal nudity! (We could consider doing a ‘Show your Pr0n Avie’ Week @ the Second Life [Mature] group? ;))

This is mine:

Selfportrait at Svarga