Everquest Next was announced some time around last week, and it seems it will be a great step forwards in terms of social/mmo games.
If you haven't heard about it, here's the keynote: http://www.twitch.tv/soe/c/2680835
They seem to have understood the shortcomings of current MMO games and also seem to value user contributions. In my opinion they take all the right steps, starting with their 4 grails, and also with Everquest Landmark, which will launch sometime soon apparently.
I'm terribly hyped about this game for several reasons:
1. it uses the VoxelFarm engine http://procworld.blogspot.com/
which is very awesome in itself
2. it implements ideas i was playing around with before, so i'm curious how they turn out (damn if i'd just had a multimillion dollar budget and a wicked team
3. HOLY COW this is just sick, i can't wait