A billion hours in Second Life

Users have spent a billion hours in Second Life

Linden Lab announced in a press release last week that Second Life users have logged over a billion – that’s 1,000,000,000 – hours in world. That’s the equivalent of 114,000 years! Users came from over 200 countries – over sixty percent are outside the United States. User hours grew 33% in the 2nd quarter of 2009 over the year before, and users log on for a total of 40,000,000 hours every month.

Those aren’t the only mind-boggling numbers. Linden Lab also reported that transactions between users in Second Life now total over US$1,000,000,000 and that the Second Life economy grew 94% in one year from the 2nd quarter of 2008 to 2009. Transactions between users are now averaging US$50,000,000 per month, and that total user transactions should reach a half billion US dollars this year.

How much time do you typically spend in Second each time you log on? If you’re average, you spend an hour and forty minutes in world. If you’ve created anything in Second Life, you’ve contributed to the 270 terabytes of user-generated content, a number that is doubling every year. A terabyte is a million megabytes!

Can you guess how many words are typed in Second Life chat every day? If you guessed 600,000,000, you guessed right. How do people type 600,000,000 words per day? By typing 1,250 IMs per second.

Did you know that total land area in Second Life is now roughly equivalent to land area of the US state of Rhode Island? That’s what Linden Lab asserts. The total land area in Second Life is now two billion square meters.

You can read the full press release at lindenlab.com/pressroom/releases/22_09_09.

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