The World Wide Web will soon be absorbed...

The World Wide Web will soon be absorbed into the World Wide Sim: an environment combining elements of Second Life and Google Earth:

Second Earth

From the article:Demonstrates what a Vertebrane world might look like. See The Day We Discard Our Bodies for an explanation of Vertebrane.

Oh, brother. There's about as much chance of this happening as there is me retiring early.

There's a huge difference between navigating 2D web pages and the buggy, sluggish 3D environments of Second Life. Second Life is an enormous time waster, the web is an enormous time waster with automatic bill paying.
That "6.9 million figure" is the number of accounts ever registered. Many of those are duplicate accounts, or those of people who never actually participated, or only did for a day. The number of regular users is a tiny fraction.
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