Just thought I would open a post to why Secondlife will not be the next big thing. In my opinion it has the elements to be successful but there are too many holes in it to really take off. I see it as a great platform for the next metaverse site to really take off from. If anyone can prove why it will be the next big thing then those comments are welcome too.
Just like early dating sites, people can go into Secondlife and be who they like and then get away with action that would not pass in society. The reason being is that they are not accountable to anyone. With the early dating sites people would go on dates with people and then be quite blunt and rude because they knew they would never see that person again and it would not get back to their close friends.
The reasons myspace and social networking sites work was because people were accountable for their actions. Everything they say and do is visible to their whole network of friends.
At the moment there are to many people having sex in the streets and rude behaviour for it to really take off with the general population. It needs to become more accountable needs to add the successful elements of social networking to really take off.