January 5, 2010 by jmcdonou
Barry Collins at PC Pro has an article up discussing a follow up visit to Second Life three years after his initial foray. He finds most of the islands rather empty, with the notable exception of Zindra, Second Life’s red light district. Apparently the activity there, however, is enough to generate ever increasing numbers of user hours. I can’t say I’m horribly surprised by this. I watched the first generation of virtual worlds go through the exact same initial buzz/boom/collapse of interest cycle in the 1990’s. Linden has managed to escape the fate of many of the first generation of 3D world providers by providing a space for sex in their ecosystem. Whether there’s enough business there to sustain them in the long-term, and whether it’s really the business they want to be in, are interesting questions.