I wanted to chime in and comment. It's apparent that the World Map is shrinking. What''s happening? I heard in passing that Linden Labs does not even have a marketing department. How can SL grow? What's in the works? I notice that there is a lack of SL media on the TVs around in-world too.
I hate to point the finger of blame on any one thing but, I have noticed that ever since the Marketplace went fully incorporated into SL all the brick and mortor shops, in-world, started disapearing. It's so easy now to just sit on your duff and shop-n-click, no one is going to the in-world shops anymore. I agree the rl economy is making it rough on those who would otherwise be dumping cash into SL, its just, where is the BIG Linden presence in SL? Which reminds me, have you seen the Noobie SL info HUBs where noobies first land? They are some of the oldest builds in sl, their builds are obsolete not even displaying some Mesh, its embarousing to even go to one.
After all we have invested here in SL one would think they could at least keep up appearances for um appearences sake. lol ... wonders where the 2013 Linden bear is? :*(