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Oct 7 2010

Today, I was idly scrawling a piece with a prediction that the Second Life Marketplace would open before the 14th of this month (giving margin for inevitable Halloween promotions) whether the Marketplace was ready or not.

I was just about to return to this draft when I looked at my RSS feeds.

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Another revision has turned up to the Second Life terms of service today. There’s not any shocks this time around, unlike earlier editions.

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Sep 17 2010

I don’t know what it is. Seems like almost every Second Life blog post comes with some statement that triggers a glaring dose of WTF-ness.

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Today, Linden Lab is (finally) publishing its much-anticipated Q2 metrics for Second Life, something I have been pushing for over the last few months. Last night, I transcribed the material the Lab provided, and added observations and commentary to it. You’ll find that below.

For the lazy, the rushed, and the hard-of-thinking, here’s a quick summary:

  • Reporting has changed. Linden Lab isn’t publishing all the old familiar figures, particularly a couple that took a swan-dive during the quarter. This is because they are ‘not indicative’, apparently.
  • User-to-user transactions are deprecated (again). Apparently the Lab has trouble figuring out which figures are and aren’t ‘indicative’.
  • Certain statistical feeds are to be shut down. They will be ones that the Lab feels are not ‘indicative’.
  • Linden Lab indicates that the economy is stable, but there aren’t sufficient metrics provided to support that position.

Everything else requires more explanation, so on with the show.

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