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> Fixated on turning Second Life into a “3D web,”
It looks like so and they didn't make it so good either.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, since the 3D game engines were successful, it was thought 3D was the next thing: 3D desktop, 3D web...
In 2010 I'm not sure how many people were still thinking of that, but since 2010, SL Viewer 2 and the following versions have been made like a web-browser.
It has a few pros, though, and it's not so bad to teleport to favorite locations, going back, or back to home, or copying and pasting a SL-URL into the address bar. Other virtual worlds do most of that with a different interface, though.

But it is a "web-browser" that crashes every few times you change "page" (when you teleport, let alone the embarrassing things in the earlier days), a web-browser that sometimes struggles at downloading "images" (textures remaining blurry or gray), with a cache barely functional, ... also "web masters/mistresses" who make "web-sites" (regions/places) in ways that don't help.

Other than creating (or marketing SL as) a Roblox for grown-ups, Linden Lab had other problems, with the way they developed their software: SL had and still has multiple issues, being a bug-ridden, not so user-friendly software, with a poor first time user experience.
And you also need a bit of luck: without the media buzz and hype in 2006-2007, that attracted people looking for money, gambling, virtual hookers, future business, that tempted even the big corporations, until it turned out it was not so much the case, ... would SL have been so much more successful than Active Worlds or There? Attachment (to your friends, investments, experiences, items, ...) made some people stay anyway, but that's true also for AW.
Neither LL nor Rosedale managed to make another "successful" virtual world, despite their previous experiences. They flopped entirely. I'm not even sure if they know why SL worked at least the way it worked or the users made it work despite LL's management.
And SL residents may be not the best sample to ask for this, as they are the sole survivors among so many who gave up (let alone who avoided SL entirely). By the way, you can socialize, make real friends and love stories in any MMORPG too.

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