One day recently, software engineer Tess Chu was walking through a hotel, when she stumbled into a furry con. This was a fortune-filled encounter, for while she's now a Senior Software Engineer and Analyst at Kabam, the leading Facebook strategy game developer, her previous life was at Second Life, as a Studio Director at Linden Lab. So on finding out she was an ex-Linden, the phalanx of furries were fairly friendly. For as everyone knows, furries have been among the more active subcultures in Second Life. (Though probably not as large as often assumed: A community leader estimated it to be under 20,000 during SL's 2006 hype wave.)
In any case, after Tess told them she was an ex-Linden, the furries in the hotel told her a fairly different tale:
"Unfortunately," as she recalls, recounting their conversation, "the hype is over and they said most of the traffic is now on forum sites instead of in clubs in Second Life." Which was an interesting observation to make, though now that the furrycon furries mention it, I'd say it's likely accurate: For after all, few if any of the top popular sites in SL are furry-themed. (Though to be sure, SL still enjoys a furiously fanatical furry following.) So Tess found a fulfilling furry factoid. Also: "We had a good laugh about how I learned what yiffing is, too."
But I put the question to the furry forum here: Just as avid about SL, or as the furry con furries suggested, not so much anymore?
Photos courtesy Tess!