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Posted 2006-04-27 by Tony Walsh
‘Second Life’ Avatar Population Hits 200k
The virtual world of Second Life reached a population of 200,000 residents today, doubling its size since the last milestone of 100,000 residents was reached just over four months ago. At this rate, it's possible Second Life will reach 1M residents by the end of the year, a stated goal of Linden Lab, maker and maintainer of the virtual world. It's worth noting that a single human user can start multiple resident accounts, and that Linden Lab's 200k announcement concerns "active" accounts, but doesn't necessarily indicate active users. The total number of online users at any given time seems to hover around 6,000, but that's bound to rise.

As a matter of perspective, World of Warcraft's population is over 6M, Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom has hosted over 1M users, and EVE Online has over 100k subscribers (and I think over 10k concurrent users). Relatively current stats can be found at, and some recent demographics on Second Life can be found here at Clickable Culture.
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Comment posted by Brace
April 28, 2006 @ 1:44 pm
While I DO understand Linden Lab's need to keep those high numbers rolling, (VC Happinezz) it really is quite misleading, for those reasons you mentioned and more.

Case in point. There was one young gentleman who came to me to get help starting in SL. He joined the New Citizens group, and of course through that, I can track when he last logged in.

Its been months and months, and perhaps he'll never come back. He hasn't terminated his account, so it gets counted along with tons of others just like him.

I would say that the concurrent users online is a more accurate way of counting, however even then, you have to allow for the numerous alt accounts, but when I see that rise to average 10K+ a day - then perhaps we can do the happy rooftop dance.

I DO wish there was a way for us to find out just how many active accounts there are (active alts included, since that seems to be a staple of second life).

but woot yay ok 200K! (Hmmf!)

(you see, if/when that 1M marks gets hit in SL, it will ring hollow because we'll never REALLY know...)
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