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June 9, 2010

Linden Labs lays of 30%

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Hugsie @ 1:29 pm

Reading a Cnet article about that Linden Labs is up too, after an announcement of the layoffs the current CEO Mark Kingdon spouts:

”Today’s announcement about our reorganization will help us make Second Life even simpler, more enjoyable, relevant and engaging for consumers starting with their first experience. It will also enable us to invest in bringing 3D to the Web and will strengthen our profitability.”

What a complete bullshit. I mean what else can you expect from a talking head CEO? All they do is speak in double talk and lawyer onlooking spin-doctor jargon.  But if you read it again it sounds like to me they are paying more attention to “first user experiences.” which means they don’t give a FUCK about us old folks.

This article also points out ”a devoted base of hardcore users have kept it more than afloat” implying that everyone else just gets burned out and leaves after playing for a short while.  It’s it’s clear to Cnet that it’s the old-school user base (ME!) on SL that keeps it online and running, why dosen’t Linden Labs see this?

Why does Linden Labs see them selves as a virtual tobacco company?  Where customers get addicted, and then die off, so the company has to keep marketing to NEW users, rather than appeasing their existing users.  LL doesn’t give a shit about existing users once you have drank the LL Kool-aid and paid thousands of dollars for fake land. All they care about is getting the next user hooked on it, since so many are quitting from burnout.

You know maybe if they fixed the lag bug with Mono scripts when avatars teleport into a region, then maybe I’ll take what the CEO says with more consideration. For now it’s all bullshit hiding the fact they are hurting.  However I would agree they seemed to have TOO MANY Linden employees being redundant. Still 30% is HUGE, nearly one-third (1/3) of their workforce getting laid off.

Last time I got laid off from a job, that business didn’t last another 8 months.

CEO Mark Kingdon was quoted as saying “To me, the Web is crying out for a third dimension,”

Ummm.. no it’s not Mark. This notion has been going on for about 15+ years now.  Remember VTML?  Guess where that is now? None of this 3D web stuff has EVER panned out. It’s just not useful.  We don’t need LL lagging up the web with it’s poor database asset servers.


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