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Now I confess that I’m not a user of the Second Life Marketplace. I’ve never sold anything through it or bought anything from it. I’ve never actually even seen it. I think the closest I’ve come was when Linden Lab bought Xstreet, and that’s about the same time I stopped using it (for one reason or another).

With that all said, I must admit that I don’t quite follow all of Darrius Gothly’s horror-story about the Second Life Marketplace update that went through a few days ago – since I lack the points-of-reference – but it doesn’t look good for Second Life Marketplace merchants. If you’re interested in the Second Life Marketplace, it is worth reading.

Well, it’s that time again. The metrics have been published for Second Life’s second quarter this year.

If you want the short version, the figures published by the Lab show little or no actual growth for the quarter. That isn’t, in and of itself, necessarily a bad thing, but there are some mildly troubling inferences to be drawn from some of the figures.

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Linden Lab finally published its figures for Q1 2011 today, or at least those which we get to see. There are some notable absences. Why the figures have been so delayed is a mystery, considering that there is very little text accompanying the charts this time around.

Restructuring seems to have had a positive effect on Linden Lab’s bottom line. As I surmised from its hiring patterns, the Lab is profitable, indeed the Lab is calling Q1 its most successful quarter to-date.

Now let’s take a look at what’s happening, based on what we can see.

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With Second Life concurrency trending downwards, people are looking harder at the Second Life economy and the Linden Dollar exchange, with some speculating that there is a fairly heavy thumb on the exchange-rate scales at the moment.

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