THE CITY STATE OF SECOND LIFE
Before I exited Linden Lab's office, Philip Linden passed on some pretty interesting info-- and like with any server data about the world, it's a peek inside the mind of God. Recently, their database expert crunched the numbers to analyze SL activity not just by country and state, but by local region.
Which cities have the most Second Life Residents? The results, as they say, may surprise you. The Top 20 after the break...
1 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2.12 Residents per 1000 Fort Lauderdalians, according to the database as compared to the last census! Lots of Lindens had lots of theories about these amazing numbers-- for example, an excess of college students and retired senior citizens, the city's large and active GBLT community, or a combination of all three.
2 - Newark, New Jersey
Despite myself, I picture Carmella Soprano sitting at AJ's computer, playing Tringo and blinging out her big-haired avatar. Tony comes barreling into the room: "WHAT THE HELL CARM YOU BEEN ON THAT GODDAMN THING FOR THE LAST 8 HOURS!" Carm, voice quivering but not backing down: "Because it gives me something you never could, Tony. MY FREEDOM!"
3 - Santa Rosa, California
4 - Akron, Ohio
5 - Austin-San Marcos, Texas
.98 Residents per thousand Austinites-- not surprising, given Austin's unique confluence of creativity and high-tech savvy. And I hope to see all of them, when a bunch of Linden Lab staffers and myself speak at next week's South by Southwest.
6 - Salem, Oregon
7 - Portland/Vancouver, Oregon-Washington
8 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
9 - Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky
10 - Daytona Beach, Flordia
11 - Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
My guess is this cohort includes Redmond-- and the Microsoft campus.
12 - Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, California
13 - Boise City, Idaho
14 - Bakersfield, California
15 - Nashville, Tennessee
16 - Washington DC area
Who uses Second Life more: Democrats, or Republicans? Folks who work in the Pentagon and the State Department, or folks affiliated with lobbyists and foreign embassies? Debate among yourselves.
17 - Spokane, Washington
18 - San Francisco Bay Area, California
Astoundingly weak showing for all the Internet companies in the region, not to mention Linden Lab itself. Whattup widdat, all my SF peeps? You're being showed up by Akron, Ohio, for godssake!
19 - Rochester, New York
20 - Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk
and watch a prim hawk
Makin' scripted circles in the sky?
I think it was Jeska Linden who suggested that most of these areas are considered "college towns", which would explain much, but not all. Any other theories behind this geographic spread?