So as most people have heard, There.com is closing their doors tonight. Bone is going to attempt to live blog the last few hours of it tonight, so be sure you check out his blog.
I've heard people in SL grumbling. Noobs, more people, more competition, etc etc etc. But I don't think that way. I feel kind of sad for those of the There regulars who are having their place taken away from them. I've been in online communities before that have closed before. And as much as you tell people that you'll keep in touch, it's often like summer camp - you hug and cry and exchange addresses and promise to write, but in the end, you lose touch with some people who were, for a while, very important to you.
I just keep thinking, "What if it were us?" What if SL shut its doors and our virtual world was gone? What if we had to go to ... *whispers* Blue Mars? We'd be uncomfortable. We'd hate it. We'd probably lose friends. We might not find our niche again.
Although I know a few people who started at There and came to SL long ago, some people from There may never have come to SL before. Things are going to be so different for them. We don't need to make it worse.
I'm very sorry you guys are losing your virtual world. I hope you enjoy SL!