I've been amazed to see how CCP, the maker of Eve Online, simply, without a lot of angst or fuss or forums wars (as far as we can tell, anyway), organized a player governance council.
Imagine, this world that only has to deal with imaginary starships and skill-grinding and mining minerals (the spacebux aren't supposed to be sold outside the game, but of course are) can have a governance council of players brought to company headquarters to discuss features and help make decisions.
But we in our "not-a-game" of Second Life, where the spacebux can be legally cashed out for real dollars in far greater quantities than are made from blackmarket activity by Eve Online, don't get to have any presence in the Linden councils except through horribly stratified and controled FIC institutions like SL Views and AWG which are appointed, not elected by the resident base.
Live Journal, a blogging service that was purchased from the owners of this blog site I'm typing on by a Russian company SUP, also created a council of bloggers and experts -- and rapidly became involved in deep politics of social media you find all over these days (leftwing idealists like Danah Boyd and Lawrence Lessig want to retain free accounts -- which make for more furies if not for more furries -- and the Russian company, after first promising to keep the community as is, moved to eliminate the freeloaders and force people to pay for subscriptions. Good!
Then I read how Fred Wilson, a VC backer of Twitter, is getting "tired". Like Susan Wu, another VC backing Twitter, he's starting to get bored and restless -- and conscience-stricken -- about the inanity and frivoloty of Twitter, that is so far, despite signing up "the masses" and their enlightened avante garde like Robert Scoble or Steve Gillmor, have failed to save the world or make it a better place (the affluent California student day-tripping in Egypt got sprung from jail after twittering, but not his hapless local translator).
Well, that prompted me to write quite the letter to Fred Wilson on his blog, which I will cross post here: