[SLED] question re: OpenSim

Jacob, Anthony ajacob at uiwtx.edu
Thu Jul 3 12:18:38 PDT 2008

Hi ya'll,
...interesting blurb on  Reuters <http://secondlife.reuters.com/stories/2008/07/02/second-life-premium-growth-flat-over-past-12-months/>  this week regarding SL growth over the past 12 months. The short article focuses on the fact that, while time spent in SL overall increased dramatically, premium membership has actually declined. The story uses this stat as evidence that SL is failing to attract new users. What the article fails to take into consideration is that many people own land in SL without having premium accounts, so I'm not clear on how this stat can be correlated to a "failing to attract new users" argument.
But what I'm really interested in here is the suggestion that OpenSim is eroding SLs member base. I've followed the discussions re: OS in this list for some time and finally thought I understood that it's not a virtual world per se, but more like a platform for connecting VWs and enabling avs to jump from one to the other--more like a way of facilitating access between VWs. But after reading this article I'm afraid I'm lost again. The article seems to suggest that OS is just another VW competing with SL for users. Is this the case? 

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