Logging into Facebook today was like logging into a virtual funeral. I watched connections drop ten at a time until I lost roughly 70. Yes, Facebook deleted 70 of my connections, but sadly thousands of accounts have actually been deleted. About three and a half years ago I heard a rumor that Facebook was going to begin sifting through accounts and start deleting Second Life avatar profiles. Well over three years later they have kept that promise leaving many of my connections baffled as to where their Second Life friends have gone.
I personally understand why Facebook wants to do this, but is it really harming anything? If anything Facebook should want to be more accepting to Second Life profiles and users.
1. Second Life users do and would continue to advertise their virtual goods meaning they spend money on Facebook.
2. Linden Labs advertises on Facebook already, but with the thousands of avatars booted they may rethink where their advertiser dollars end up.
3. Second Life avatars are real people too. Think of it as a pen name. Facebook, are you going to delete everyone that uses a nickname or pen name?
What are your thoughts?
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