April 20th, 2006

Why does it seem, whenever I’m wandering Second Life, that everybody’s new? I don’t mean that in the “OMG, so many fucking n00bs” way. Trust me, in plenty of senses, I’m still a fucking n00b myself. I just mean, as someone who’s actively scanning crowded rooms to analyze user profiles, it seems to me that a surprising number of toons are very recent introductions to the Second Life landscape.

Does that mean there’s been a recent wave of sign-ups? Do people create new alts more often than I realize? Is it just that the places I go, since they’re popular, are easy starting points for newcomers? Or is the lifespan of the average Second Life toon shorter than we realize? Just how often does the cycle of life purge and replenish virtual souls?

And yes, that title was just an excuse to say “titmouse.” I’m not exactly sure how long a titmouse lives. Maybe it’s long.

P.S. Alright, that’s a lie too. A titmouse in the wild lives approximately 2.1 years. Why? Why!?!

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2 Responses to “The Lifespan of a Titmouse”

  1. Carl Says:

    If you haven’t already, peep http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,70712-0.html . What’s your take? I say, he’s stepping on your turf! You best ta knife Clive before he starts sending in serial essays on his Second Life life as virtual transgendered escort to the Escapist every week.

  2. Bonnie Says:

    Hmm, thanks for pointing that one out, Carl, though what can you do, you know? Just as long as he doesn’t get some sort of thought-of-it-first buzz. Because, he’s right, after all, but the idea certainly isn’t new…

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