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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mixed Reality Headcount, Week ending June 10, 2007.

Here is the full ranked table of tracked sites for the week ending Sunday June 10, 2007:

Site (* Native reality site)

Est avg hourly visits

Est avg hourly visits (peak hrs)

Estimated total weekly visits

* Phat Cat's Jazzy Blue Lounge 181 192 30,448 (up 6%)
* City of Lost Angels 78 81 13,120 (up 4%)
* New Citizens Incorporated 71 97 12,064 (down 2%)
* Lost Gardens of Apollo 70 82 11,824 (down 2% )
* Midgar 56 64 8,552 (up 7%)
* The Shelter 55 81 9,328 (up 4%)
The L Word 44 68 7,456 (up 43%)
The Pond 44 36 7,392 (up 12%)
IBM 35 30 5,888 (up 13%)
* Isle of Lesbos 27 31 4,560 (stable)
Pontiac 21 32 3,536 (down 22%)
ABC Island 15 13 2,624 (up 11%)
* Svarga 14 15 2,448 (down 19%)
Weather Channel 11 12 1,936 (down 11%)
Useful Technology 10 15 1,744 (up 120%)
Nissan 9.8 9.1 1,661 (up 15%)
Microsoft 8.8 9.7 1,488 (down 1%)
NBA 7.6 10 1,280 (up 65%)
AOL Pointe 7.4 10 1,248 (up 4%)
Virtual Holland 3.4 2.8 576 (down 25%)
Dell 2.7 4.8 464 (stable)
Coldwell Banker 2.0 3.1 336 (down 28%)
Reebok 1.3 1.7 224 (up 48%)
Adidas 1.0 1.4 176 (down 4%)
Coca Cola 0.7 0.5 128 (down 23%)
Sun Microsystems 0.6 0.8 112 (down 16%)

A fair bit of slippage at the low end due to a rash of technical issues in Second Life during the course of the week, which made searching and much travel impossible.

Data collection note

Due to technical issues with Second Life this week, three samples were unable to be taken. We have substituted the data for the same sampling period from last week to make up for the loss.

Methodology

Mixed reality sites in this headcount are selected for their prominence, either from publicity or real world name recognition. Sites with consistent low traffic (500 or less weekly) may be dropped in future Headcounts in favor of other sites.

We collect data three times per day for each site, one sample at peak concurrency (10am-1pm SLT), one at minimum concurrency and one mid-evening, Second Life Time. For each sample we count the number of people at the site at the time. We average those samples across the week, and then assume that average to hold constant, with each visitor spending a half hour on-site. This methodology does not necessarily include one-time events that generate high traffic missed by our sampling, which we'll make note of whenever possible. Headcounts do not factor in returning visitors, so assume that the total number of unique Residents are likely to be significantly less than the estimated total visits.

We're able to cover multi-sim sites a lot better with this method, so you'll see those higher in the rankings than the previous metrics we were using.

3 comments:

  1. How do sites get picked to be tracked? Kind of wondering how Caledon can get on there. :)

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  2. I'd like to add Caledon (and some others). Part of the problem is that it takes time. It's already not cost-effective to track these numbers, based on a simple cost-time estimate.

    That said, two single sim sites are getting added in next week - and I'm stepping up from 3 samples per day to 4.

    It's just not economical to track everyone who wants to asks, unfortunately. Caledon's one of my favourite places in SL, but it's getting bigger and that makes it time consuming to track.

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  3. Ah, understood. :)

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