((OOC)) Is SL really for Sale? And if it is, why?

That is, in my books a rhetorical question. In truth, I think SL has always been for sale, at the right price.
I worked for a good while in a small company that relied on technology but did not make a lot of money. It depended on venture capital for its life-blood.
Venture capitalists require a return on their advanced investments…eventually, even White Knights. If no return from profit is given or seems in view funds dry up and companies either die or are sold off. I know, I was there.

For a while SL was profitable and gave its investors a return. It grew. Now it is stagnating, indeed it may even be contracting. I doubt if those who fund SL’s costs will be prepared to shell out for a moribund entity with decreasing revenue for very much longer.
Therefore it seems reasonable to assume that SL’s owners will want to make some money from SL, even if it has to be from its sale.
One has only to see that LL no longer publishes the 60-day login figures…no wonder when the trend has been negative for several months. There is little advantage in publicising a negative metric.
Now I love SL and it has been a boon to me these last two-and-a-half years, but I cannot help but feel that the writing is on the wall, and that despite the undoubted sophistication of the SL machine, it doesn’t have the pull that it once had.
Poor management and an economic downturn have strangled what was a brilliant idea. We (those of us denizens of SL) suffer poor customer relations with (mostly) black good humour, but nothing can disguise the fact that some crass mismanagement has turned a silk purse into a sow’s ear.
I have no remedy for the greater malaise of the market economy, and that in the end will spell the probable end to SL, if further mismanagement doesn’t hasten its end.

~ by Ayesha Askham-Ezvalt on November 17, 2010.

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