there are, and have been, many attempts to form online communities outside of Second Life and OpenSim for the purpose of sharing and archiving information
remember Avatars United? Linden Lab bought it and quickly destroyed it
Although many are sad to see Avatars United go, we are very excited that soon we’ll be sharing more of our thinking as we explore how to integrate social networking capabilities, powered by Avatars United technology, directly into the Second Life experience. – Jack(off) Linden, sept. 2010 link
i’ve tried a few but many just fall by the wayside as interest wanes, become highly focused on one grid (or person), or turn into a commercial spam farm. Ning groups had been promising until Ning stopped supporting free versions ($24.95 a month for their least expensive? sheesh!)
facebook works okay except that avatars routinely get their accounts deleted but Google+ is looking like it is more flexible with avatar names and its UI is clean and easy. Google+ seems to have just the right amount of interactivity and inter-connectivity with the rest of the web
Gaga Gracious has pulled a promising Google+ group together with this as part of its mission statement:
A community of like-minded people sharing their virtual lives with other avatars. Refugees from Second Life even!
But I would like to make this community more than just a News group for Opensim enthusiasts, although that is important. I would like to explore virtual living from a retro-futuristic view point, an alternative history perhaps which, by my mind, throws up all sorts of creative possibilities for the development of the Opensim Metaverse.
check it out =)