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Why Facebook should buy Linden Lab

There’s been a lot of talk about Second Life on Rift this week and the potential future of virtual worlds. What it’s really highlighted for me yet again, as I said in my post on the Oculus acqusition, is the immense potential for social with the Rift. By acquiring Linden Labs Facebook can leapfrog over 14 years of research & development and start delivering an experience where Facebook becomes the THE virtual world.

 

Examples I always use to illustrate the potential of VR are:

  • Personal: If I’m on the other side of the planet to my dad, who is a massive Man Utd fan, and there’s a big match on. We can organise to watch the match together at Old Trafford, sitting beside each other in the best seats in the house. We can chat, have a beer and just generally have the best experience possible outside of being in the stadium, without leaving our living rooms.
  • Business: I honestly believe that the Rift could seriously change the entire landscape of business travel. Yes, we are always going to have in person meetings but imagine the amount of smaller meetings that can be held in a virtual world where you’re able to really get to know that person without having to leave your own office. This is Skype and Google Hangouts on steroids.

I wish I just knew how to buy some Linden Lab stock…but as an alternative, buy Facebook!

Opinion, Tech News

Facebook buying Oculus makes complete sense

I’ve been reading a lot about Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus and many commentators are saying the deal makes no sense at all…I disagree 100%.

What Facebook have done with this acquisition is prepare themselves for the potential next wave of interactive technology, not just for gaming but for everything. The excitement around the Oculus Rift revolved mainly around how it’s technology could be used to enhance gaming experiences but there were many companies getting as excited about it’s potential for films and education. Now, I’m pretty excited about it’s potential for social technology in general. Imagine sitting in your living room and interacting with friends you haven’t seen in years through a connection between your Oculus Rift and your Facebook account. When it comes to education, I think it’s pretty obvious how online tutoring services will eventually evolve. Why not have a class learning French by walking around Paris virtually with your tutor and interacting with the locals? Second Life on steroids basically.

Tbh, at $2bn the deal was cheap, cheap…CHEAP! and I know the gaming community is seriously pissed off but this move could accelerate a massive shift in how humans behave and interact. I bought an Oculus dev kit 6 months ago and at this point I feel torn, because on one side I love the thought of a young, punchy startup coming out of nothing and becoming a “game changer” (like Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.) but on the other side I understand their chances of success were slimmer without someone like Facebook attached.

Time will tell.