I returned to Cloud Party, the browser-based virtual world that originally was tied into Face Book, but is now independent of it. You can still register and join with Facebook but independent options exist. Although there has been great improvement in term of graphics, avatar choice, and building options it still is not a serious Second Life competitor. I do not see many people dropping their involvement in Second Life and switching it here. On the other hand, it is definitely worth a look around. Things may drastically change with another year or two of development.
I found the avatar and camera controls hard to use, but I am not well versed in the interfact, and used my screen saver for photography.
To sign up for Cloud Party:
To see my article from June 2012: