‘What shall we do with Second Life?’
Well, this isn’t my question but basically one that the ex-Saviour Rod Humble has posed to readers of the SL Universe online forum, a place I never have or am likely to visit.
This appeal … “Right now after performance our biggest issue is not getting new signups or even people to experience SL for a bit, it’s turning them into long term users. Any thoughts on what you would do? We have some ideas but before pulling the trigger I would be curious what folks thoughts are here. The more varied the better.” ..was reported by Hamlet and there were many long and weird (some of them) suggestions about how to rescue SL.
As I have discussed this with hundreds of people over the years, on this and other blogs, I have no intention of going into any such conversation here. I am pretty sure that no-one at LL is listening anyway, and never have, tainted as they are with the idea that long term users are Losers.
The question is purely hype masquerading as consultation, our politicians do it all the time, “listening” to what the public want. Ha!
In recent speculation a friend and I discussed the possibility, which she had heard rumoured at a RL dinner party, that LL was going to double tier. “They wouldn’t dare” said I, before I had thought it through…. but further thought made me question that knee-jerk reaction for it is exactly the sort of thing LL would do.
They cannot sit back and watch their income dwindling without some significant action. Surely the Myth of Million Users is now dead, even amongst the most demented of Linden, having realised that Facebook’s billion users aren’t gonna switch to SL (especially as half that number are dogs anyway). So…in a niche market you get the best price you can and market it as a luxury product. Suddenly the speculation sounds possible.
Well, speculating about the future is a dumb gamble (but fun) … no-one would have made the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise obese…. or Chinese.
Anyway… the answer to a question is often in the question… viz ..”Right now after performance our biggest issue is…” … just remove the word “after” and you have the following Yoda-style statement…
“Right now performance our biggest issue is…”
…or, as Miso (our local Yoda) put it ..”you lag, you lose”. Period.
Up the SL tier? InWorldz would love you forever.