Would you like to understand how virtual worlds like Second Life should develop and evolve? Read Stef Wade's thoughts on this topic, I can only agree. Like I said before, Second Life is a great prototype of how we might use and experience the web in the future, but that does not necessarily mean Second Life itself will be a success.
“It is not easy for Linden Lab to give up the monopoly they have in SL. But as far as I can see, it is the only possibility to be successful in the market. An open system will invite competition to the LLs own court, but it will be the only way to prevent the marketplace from splitting into many small pieces.”