the slow steady loss of private Second Life sims might be showing a change for the better
up until a few weeks ago, the average daily loss of private sims has been about 8.3 sims per day for the year, but the last two weeks has revealed that this rate of loss might be slowing. as of today, SL has lost 2523 private sims this year which works out to an average of 8.02 sims per day
8.3 versus 8 may not sound like a big difference and losing 8 sims a day is serious revenue but to shift the average that much in a few weeks means the loss has been slowing down drastically. of course, conclusions based on short term changes are imprecise and simply a snapshot
however, winter in the northern hemisphere typically sees an increase in Second Life resident concurrency which would naturally see an increase in land sales. with an increased number of resident hours comes a “wider” opportunity for introducing improvements or new offerings. in other words, the natural seasonal increase in user hours means a greater chance of success through larger exposure to whatever that “new” thing is
will this winter’s larger audience be an opportunity Linden Lab takes advantage of or will SL remain status quo?
only time will tell and my two cents are that SL will continue to see a decrease in sims and OpenSim will continue to slowly grow and see increased use by non-traditional users (a wider demographic than SL has)