I'll start with the press release from Linden Lab today:
Linden Lab Restructures
Highlights - 30% personnel reductions, combining engineering and product teams into one, restructuring customer support to provide more "scalable services" and moving toward a browser-based technology. Uggggh.
Is Linden Lab on crack? Why do I get that feeling all my content creation and that of others is destined for the trash bin? Why do I think we're headed for a Habbo Hotel morphed with Facebook experience? Maybe it's because Mark "Im a God" Kingdon seems to be pushing that direction with every executive decision this company makes. Does Teh Lab honestly think everyone has the bandwidth for a rich browser-based technology? Or am I thinking it's going to run on Flash? And can support get any worse? (Don't answer that, it probably can.)
Maybe combining engineering and product teams isn't such a bad thing -- after all, right now the two don't seem to talk to each other. Commerce, for example, makes decisions, announces them and then finds out months later that it can't be done. JIRA's go unanswered. Resident ideas are ignored. Even with Torley pushing big-time on the snapshot to email bug, it's still not fixed.
<sarcasm> But don't worry folks, all is OK. The balance sheet looks great. We're doing well. Ignore the man behind the curtain.
I'm getting a little tired of being whipsawed back and forth by this silly company that created a playground (where its residents can make such a rich experience for many of us) but seems destined to chuck it all in favor of the next new shinies. How about you?