Why Was SL6B So Sparsely Attended?
Daniel Voyager documented some interesting visitor statsrelayed by Philip Linden during his closing speech at SL6B, Second Life's massive, official birthday celebration: "Over 17,712+ visitors have visited the SL6B regions since the gates opened on 23rd of June 2009. Since opening there have been over 23,662+ hours spent by Residents exploring the SL6B regions." That's quite an impressive number-- except when it's compared with the number of Residents who logged into the world over the last seven days: 580,094. So if my math is right, of all the half million-plus Residents who went in-world, only about 3% attended the official birthday, and those who did only stayed for just over an hour each. I'm genuinely perplexed. Was there an excess of sim downtimes in the regions? Did the hundreds of Resident-made SL6B installations (many very great) overwhelm potential visitors? Or still worse a possibility, is it just the case that vanishingly few active Residents consider themselves part of a broader world worth celebrating? Image via Nika Dreamscape's SL6B reporting.
Update, 6:25pm: Veritas Raymaker has some interesting thoughts from a SL6B participant's perspective, including: "If you think about it properly, the future of virtual worlds [this year's theme] will actually be likely transparently integrated into everyday life, much like the telephone and television are today. How does one then express this self-same transparency, by making it explicit in one's exhibit? There is a very big paradox here."