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Idea Nomads Met the Office Nomad

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 23, 2009

Today was yet another great day.

Last week I was informed by @aku in Qaiku about onizou Idea Nomads visiting Helsinki. I wrote them a mail, and soon we had a meeting arranged.

The meeting took place at Netprofile office (yep, Office Nomad host this month) and was a bit special since there was no agenda for the meeting. It was not a problem though.

The discussion was lively, it was such exciting to hear about how onizou had studied both urban nomadism and true nomads during their journey. Gladly onizou had lot of interest in the officenomadism and open organization thinking. This was a discussion that brought me many new ideas for both officenomadism and also Ekana way of working.

After the meeting we continued to browse the city for some design, electronics and more coffee. Oh, and helped onizou to get connected with some more people.

I really enjoyed the meeting today and hope to start some new cool projects with onizou in the future.

To get an idea about the people behind the idea nomads, you can check out the video we recorded today.

Good luck with your journey, let’s keep in touch! 🙂

[qik url=”http://qik.com/video/2983908″ width=”425″ height=”319″]

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First impressions of Bobba.com – Habbo for adults?

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 9, 2009

Sulake, the creator of Habbo and ruler of IRC-Galleria,  has come up with a new service (in public beta), Bobba.

Screenshot of www.bobba.com on Nokia E71

Screenshot of http://www.bobba.com on Nokia E71

According to their website, Bobba is “a pocketsize virtual world for Nokia phones, iPhone and iPod Touch.”  At this point there is only Nokia version of the software available.

Bobba is an application that works only on your mobile phone. You need to download and install it, and then you connect to the service using your existing data plan.

What is it really?

I’ve been using Bobba now for a while (was registered user #120 or something) and also having discussions in Qaiku with other users.

In Bobba you have your own room that you can decorate and construct with some given elements. You also have your own avatar that can move from one room to another.

With your avatar, you can talk to other people in the room, walk around and sit.

That’s pretty much how I’ve understood Bobba.

So what do I think about Bobba?

I think a lot.

First of all, I fully understand how Habbo works. It’s a great concept for “the young” to communicate and hang around. Actually, it works propably for lot of the older people as well.

With http://www.bobba.com, I don’t get the point. Before you get mad at me let me explain.

Bobba is mobile, which means you can participate when you are away from your desk. Fine. But you can’t participate from your computer. I was bobbaing from the office, and I had to use my tiny cell instead of the big screen with full keyboard and mouse. Why?

If making your own room look nice is a key feature, why there is no easier way to do it?

Besides of playing Fab5, all you can do is to chat with the people in same room. When you chat, you need to meet with the other people in the same place (room), at the same time. The messages you write will disappear when new ones appear on the screen. What did we talk about 10 minutes ago? Can’t return to that discussion.

Now how 1990s is that? Can you expect a group of adults get online just for a chat, and agree the time beforehand through some other media? I think there are many other more effective ways to practice social interaction, online and offline. It’s hard to see any good community building features in Bobba.

And don’t get me wrong. I’d like to think myself as an early adapter. One part of my job is to try to find new exciting business models and market them effectively. I’m not being jealous, and I always try to find the potential in any service.

This time it’s too hard. With the current offering, I can’t see the hook.

Then again, the hook may not be visible to us yet. Maybe it has something to do with adult entertainment? Maybe they start offering commercial “items” and give them out for free for the community leaders. Just need the community first.

Ok, peeps. That’s my first thoughts and experiences. Please prove me wrong. I’m more than happy to tell the world about great things coming out.

In these times we need positive news. Please.

EDIT: I have to mention that Arctic Startup wrote about this earlier. I didn’t read the article before I wrote mine, but now I have to say that I’m not alona with my opinion.

EDIT2: More interesting stuff, an article and Sulake interview by Virtual Worlds News.

EDIT3: Bobba in Twitter

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