Last Fall, the online universe of SecondLife was the new media trend buzz. Now that more than 60% of Internet users at home log on through high-speed broadband, it seemed that a tipping point had been reached and passed. Brick-and-mortar business began buying real estate -- and even islands -- with their Linden dollars. People could meet and flirt (and even fornicate) with new "friends".
Suddenly, people could live a new virtual life.
Yawn. Many people found out having a second life can get too complicated. Or boring.
According to Alexa.com, SecondLife remains a popular web destination. But it's growth is slowing way down.
So what are people starting to do if they're not managing their SecondLife anymore. Perhaps revisiting their FirstLife again.
Oh yeah...the job, the family, the real things you're supposed to do.
Alexa says SecondLife is ranked #1,348 in total web traffic...still a strong amount of activity. However, its total reach has dropped significantly since its highest peak right after Christmas.
Interestingly, the tongue-in-cheek website GetaFirstLife.com (with slogans like "Go Outside" and "Your world. Sorry about that.") is rapidly on the rise as Alexa's #2 "Mover and Shaker". It's rose 400% in traffic in the last week and now ranks #5,662 overall (up from 30,994).
No virtual life to live there...but you can get the t-shirt.
posted by Chris Kennedy @ Sunday, February 04, 2007,
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