comparing OpenSim to Second Life will be an on-going thing for some time to come, especially by those that may have started in Second Life. that is slowly changing as the demographic continues to shift to people that start in OpenSim or only use OpenSim as their virtual world venue
Second Life continues, and probably will for years, to be larger and more populous than all OpenSim deployments combined. Second Life has certainly garnered more media attention than OpenSim ever will but media attention doesn’t mean much as far as adoption, usefulness, and being part of the social web is concerned
WordPress has never received mainstream media attention – it’s free and it powers 15% of the top one million websites and powers 22% of all new websites. it’s easy to use on an individual scale and takes under 30 seconds to install with even the least expensive of hosting companies (under $4 a month), and is also used by huge organizations like I Can Haz Cheeseburger (owners of FailBlog), The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, Reuters, TechCrunch, and ebay! there’s no denying that WordPress is a big part of the social web
is OpenSim better poised to be a part of the social web than Second Life?
because its community is smaller and because it is not a walled garden, OpenSim is a part of the social web and not an island onto itself. the nature of OpenSim being able to be deployed at home and being scattered all over the place might be frustrating from a content point of view but it also forces its community to be more involved in the overall social web than Second Life does
do you think that a greater percentage of OpenSim users participate and contribute in the social web than Second Life residents?
people who comment here contribute relevant and valuable information to the OpenSim community in a way that is searchable and a real part of today’s social web