The State of the Virtual World

For anyone following the virtual world Second Life, they have released some interesting metrics:

  • The Size of the Virtual World.
    January was another record month for Second Life in many ways. The size of the world, as measured by the virtual square kilometers of simulation, expanded 23% over December to 361 square kilometers.

  • The Virtual Economy.
    User to user transactions in-world increased 37% to 6.1 billion consistent with the 47% increase in user hours from December.

  • Resident Population vs Unique Users vs Log Ins vs Active Users.
    Both grew approximately 38% over December. Residents with Premium Accounts increased 16% to more than 57.7 thousand. Approximately 10% of unique users have logged in for 40 hours or more.

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