Getting About: Visiting other Worlds
Getting about in Kitely is a little different to the usual SL experience. Currently you cannot teleport between worlds (although Ilan Tochner again informs me this capability will be coming down the line was Kitely continues to mature). Instead, you must use the public world page mentioned above and shown below. Furthermore, you currently cannot move to another world until you have logged-out from the current one. This does make moving around somewhat cumbersome – but remember, the system will be changing, so don’t expect it to always be the norm, much less a reason not to try Kitely.
The public worlds page provides a simple listing of all worlds open to public access. Clicking on a given world in the list opens its own unique world page (above). Here you can read whatever information the world’s owner has chosen to supply, view the owner’s Facebook / Twitter profile (if they have one – Kitely doesn’t appear to currently supply its own profile capability), and see if the world is free to access or whether the owner has opted to charge visitors to access it. Clicking ENTER WORLD will again launch your Viewer (assuming you have already logged-out from any previous Kitely session, otherwise the button will ask you to do so).
It’s worth mentioning that the public worlds page does not indicate the extent of Kitely’s reach: worlds can be set to private, leaving them only available for access by those groups / individuals allowed to do so and removing them from any publicly-accessible lists; thus Kitely offers the capability for groups and organisations to develop a virtual presence that is theirs to use in relative privacy and without the hassle of self-hosting.
Within worlds, teleporting around is possible and many have teleport systems in operation to reach different locations.
For those that may feel the current method of getting around Kitely leaves things down to random chance, the system isn’t that much more onerous than getting around SL via the use of Search or the Destination Guide. Depending on the amount of information supplied on a world’s web page, the process of browsing the public worlds list and seeing multiple images of a location with other information could well serve to increase the amount of traffic flowing to a world. I will say from personal experience that the system didn’t prevent people visiting, as I’ve had a number of visitors while working in-world – one of them Kitely’s CEO himself!
Another element that Kitely doesn’t currently support is in-world commerce as it is familiar ro most SL users – although some merchants do offer PayPal payment options for goods. However, there is a good spread of freebie stores in-world, and commerce is something Kitely will be adding to the system in the future. The key at the moment is to take things a step at a time, and make sure existing capabilities are bedded-in correctly, as Ilan recently explained to Hypergid Business, “Our billing solution is a complicated system, similar to ones used by telecoms, and we will want to see it getting some real-world usage before we extend it with additional features.” Given everything Kitely are trying to achieve, one cannot fault them for this style of approach.