Today we are very happy to share some exciting news with you: Linden Lab has acquired Xstreet SL and OnRez – the two leading Web-based marketplaces for buying and selling creations for Second Life. Over the past few months we’ve been working with the folks at Virtuatrade and the Electric Sheep Company to hammer out the details…
How much of those “last few months” spent in negotiating to take over two services that, unlike the Grid, actually work, could have been spent on, say, making the Grid actually work?
How much effort will integrating these two services into the overall SL environment suck away from making the Grid actually WORK?
And will these two services now quit, you know, actually working once they’re subsumed into LL’s already bursting-at-the-seams infrastructure, thus requiring even more effort to make them work again, effort that could have been devoted to making the Grid actually WORK?
(Are you starting to see a pattern here? I hope so. 🙂 )
I’ll leave it to others to debate the business aspects of this acquisition. I’m more interested in having a working environment in SL.
Linden Lab: Does the phrase “fiddling while Rome burns” do anything for you?
UPDATE: Okay…now maybe I can start to believe that LL is taking these problems seriously. But I’ll refrain from sending the roses until I see some real results.