Reuters Second Life News Center recently reported that, for the first time, there had been 50,000 concurrent users inside the game. That’s a notable milestone, but it’s not really what interested me.
Lower down in the article, Reuters references these fascinating graphs by Tateru Nino (she of the mop-like hair, sexy glasses and transparent chest). They display a bunch of usage statistics for Second Life. They only go back six months, I loves me a chart, don’t you?
The most interesting charts are the first two. The one on the left shows the dramatic increase in registrations over the past, with the total more than doubling to about 9.3 million. However, the chart on the right shows the number of ‘active residents’ (I think that’s users who have logged in in the last month). It’s pretty much flat. Assuming these charts are accurate, those new users are remarkably, uh, unsticky.