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This week, in The Virtual Whirl, we're going to take a selection of reader questions that we've received in comments and in the virtual mailbag and do our best to offer up some useful answers. Join us as we whirl through the mail. Not surprisingly, the two most frequently asked questions involve th...

March 6th 2010 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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This week, in The Virtual Whirl, we're going to take a selection of reader questions that we've received in comments and in the virtual mailbag and do our best to offer up some useful answers. Join us as we whirl through the mail.

February 6th 2010 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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It's tempting to characterize Linden Lab as a goofball organization that consistently makes the wrong decisions, driving their premier product, Second Life, into virtual oblivion. Nothing could be further from the truth. Success is hard to argue with (not impossible, as many people do try to argue t...

December 28th 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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November metrics for Linden Lab's virtual environment, Second Life are available for examination. September and October were relatively poor months, and November's results don't look great at all. In fact every one of Linden Lab's key metrics fell in November. Land size, user-hours, transactions...

December 12th 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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October metrics for Linden Lab's virtual environment, Second Life are not yet formally available, but Lab CFO John Zdanowski wound up giving out a link to the information in advance, so we have the figures to work with. September was not a good month by these metrics, and we were interested to see h...

November 19th 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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The published, key metrics for Second Life for the month of September are now available as both an Open Document Spreadsheet and in Excel format. Your key takeaways this month are an increasing fall in total premium accounts, a fall in total user hours, zero mainland (Linden owned estate) growth (bu...

October 23rd 2008 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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First, apologies that we don't have more detailed breakdowns of the monthly Second Life statistics. Linden Lab just don't publish detailed monthly information anymore. It's mostly just numbers-for-the-numb by the look of the subset of statistics now produced. Out of the figures we do have available...

September 24th 2008 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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The latest Second Life metrics and statistics are out from Linden Lab, covering to the end of April 2008. We're only a week into May, so this is definitely one of the more timely statistical sets we've seen so far -- a trend we hope continues! Short version: The third month of decline in premium ac...

May 7th 2008 at 12:30am 0 Comments
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Yesterday in Second Life we: Spent US$1,529,000 at an exchange rate of L$268.7 to US$1 Exchanged US$296,000 at an average of US$12,300.0 per hour. Market buys were US$202,000 Market sales were US$93,000 Limit-limit buys were US$500 The busiest time was at 11am when about...

April 8th 2008 at 3:30am 0 Comments
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Yesterday in Second Life we: Spent US$1,563,000 at an exchange rate of L$268.3 to US$1 Exchanged US$317,000 at an average of US$13,200.0 per hour. Market buys were US$208,000 Market sales were US$108,000 Limit-limit buys were US$600 The busiest time was at 2pm when about...

April 7th 2008 at 3:30am 0 Comments
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Yesterday in Second Life we: Spent US$1,037,000 at an exchange rate of L$268.5 to US$1 Exchanged US$214,000 at an average of US$8,900.0 per hour. Market buys were US$159,000 Market sales were US$50,000 Limit-limit buys were US$4,100 The busiest time was at 6pm when about...

April 6th 2008 at 3:30am 0 Comments
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Yesterday in Second Life we: Spent US$1,519,000 at an exchange rate of L$264.6 to US$1 Exchanged US$293,000 at an average of US$12,200.0 per hour. Market buys were US$222,000 Market sales were US$67,000 Limit-limit buys were US$4,300 The busiest time was at 11am when abou...

April 5th 2008 at 3:30am 0 Comments