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What is the exact recorded population of secondlife as now?


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I haven't seen those numbers posted for a while, probably because they are very unreliable. The total number of accounts includes a lot of dormant ones, people who have walked away but kept accounts alive.  It also includes alts, of course, so it's a big time overestimate of the number of RL people who are SL residents.  A better measure, perhaps, is how many total hours SL residents are in-world.  In Q1 2011, the answer was that people were logged in for 104,000,000 hours.  For other interesting stats, take a look at >>>> http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Q1-2011-Linden-Dollar-Economy-Metrics-Up-Users-and-Usage/ba-p/856693.

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I haven't seen those numbers posted for a while, probably because they are very unreliable. The total number of accounts includes a lot of dormant ones, people who have walked away but kept accounts alive.  It also includes alts, of course, so it's a big time overestimate of the number of RL people who are SL residents.  A better measure, perhaps, is how many total hours SL residents are in-world.  In Q1 2011, the answer was that people were logged in for 104,000,000 hours.  For other interesting stats, take a look at >>>> http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Featured-News/Q1-2011-Linden-Dollar-Economy-Metrics-Up-Users-and-Usage/ba-p/856693.

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Another site that is unbiased and has quite a few years of historical data to back up the numbers is here:

 

http://gridsurvey.com/economy.php

 

You're not going to get any "exact" numbers because I'm not sure there is a way due to all the possibilities (bots, users joining and leaving quickly, users joining and never logging in, or users moving on after some period of time for any number of reasons, etc.).  The average number of users online concurrently has reamained fairly consistant for some time now so it's my thinking is that about 50,000 users are logging on on a somewhat regular basis.

 

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Ansaiel, that may be true but it's so misleading it should be criminal.  That 24 million is the total accounts created since SL was launched 8 years ago (minus the few that have been banned or the even fewer who have deleted their accounts upon the decision to leave SL).  I think you know that only a fraction of the accounts that join SL actually log in more than one time (that's primarily due to the free accounts started in 2006).  I don't think Koto was asking that question at all......I think you know that too.

 

It's next to impossible to say how many users of SL actually use SL on  a regular basis........it's all going to be a guess (or estimate).  Second Life is a niche......it appeals to a smaller group of users.  That is something LL has been trying to reverse for some years and so far have had very little success.  The regular users (which is what I think the question was about) is very much smaller than the registered accounts. 

 

There is just no way nearly 24 million people are exploring SL.  The platform cannot support that many concurrent users as it is..........it will quite a while until it can.

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