Despite Second Life's Draconian Terms of Service Change, SL User Activity Growing Strongly Since Then
When I reported that Linden Lab is attempting to revise its contentious new Terms of Service, some readers complained that the company's reaction to the controversy has been so mild and slow. But there's a very good likely reason for that: Not only is there no discernible evidence that the controversy has hurt the SL economy, Second Life user activity has been growing, not shrinking, since the ToS change. Take a look at this concurrency chart from Grid Survey:
Since the ToS change in mid-August, when Linden asked users to agree that the company had rights over "all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats", more people, not less, have been logging into Second Life. In fact, user activity in SL has been going upward since June/July after a long declining trend, and the ToS controversy has done nothing to substantially stop this momentum.
This doesn't mean there's been no impact, or that Linden Lab should not revise its ToS to be more fair and transparent -- in my opinion, it should -- however, it's also worth keeping this data in mind. Because having consulted for Linden Lab many years ago, I can make a educated guess at what they're thinking right now: