Last week's post on the potential for cannibalization of Second Life by Project Sansar provoked a lot of passionate and occasionally over-heated commentary, with my favorite insight coming from Argo Nurmi:
"After listening to the podcasts, what struck me was the way Ebbe described the [company's ideas on community. For the technical things in Sansar I heard detail and concrete approaches. I take that to mean Ebb and his team have done a lot of thinking and decision making here. But, responding to a question on how they envision a community working, the language turned high level and abstract. It's what you expect if not much time has been put into building a vision or thinking through the details. The Lab can be forgiven for being immersed in designing an improved rendering engine. But it's disappointing that Ebb, as leader of this Sansar vision, doesn't have much to say about what their future community will be like. This caused me to wonder about what they have in mind for their future community. Could it be saying that an SL-style community isn't in the cards for Sansar? There will be some kind of "social experience," yes, of course, Sansar is a social network. But, very possibly, the SL experience we all know will not be a part of it.
I can't speak to Project Sansar's plans as yet, but as someone who helped Linden Lab with Second Life's launch, I can definitely say the company put a lot of thought into fostering the early community: