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Posted: Nov 17th 2008 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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the timing is quite suspicious, though it could be just a coincidence

but still interesting how after a bunch of people started threateneing ot leave (And some already leaving) due to the void sim fiasco, a somthing comes out in a shady news source that stimulates tons of people to join..

Posted: Nov 17th 2008 11:50PM (Unverified) said

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It seems reasonable for such a widespread news article to prompt new registrations. Last years flurry of news activity kept a steady stream of folk coming in for some time. Since then the general stream of SL news that has filtered down to the mainstream media has slowed to a trickle... as registrations have slowed.

In that year however word has got out in other ways, via word of mouth, the occasional mention in other articles without an SL focus, etc. I imagine that many people are now vaguely aware of Second Life on some level but haven't been reminded of it's existance for a while - or if they have may have dismissed it as a dying phenomenon soon to be replaced by a more compelling competitor (as much of the media had painted it at some time.)

A simple reminder that SL exists at this time when consumer confidence is low and the cold bite of the winter months has started to hit north of the equator where a majority of prospective residents live.... well that may be enough.

Sex and drama certainly sell papers, but we know sex can sell any product regardless of how unrelated that product may be to sex, simply by drawing ones attention in a "compelling" way so that we notice it. Certainly some literal minded newbies may be thinking "I'd like an online affair too" and being drawn to SL, but we can't assume that is the majority of new residents. It may be just that their attention has been drawn, and what they hope to find here is something different.

Just my two cents as usual... I have nothing to back it up bar my intuition that 22,000 signups a day has a more varied reason than divorce seeking :)

Posted: Nov 17th 2008 11:55PM (Unverified) said

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22,000 is a post-decline figure. Registrations held above 44,000 per day in the window started by the coverage.
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Posted: Nov 18th 2008 12:27AM (Unverified) said

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Note to self: Avoid newbies this week. Odds are we aren't going to have a lot of common interests.

Posted: Nov 18th 2008 3:08AM (Unverified) said

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Announcing skribe Forti Private Investigation Detective Agency. For all your smutty virtual video divorce proceedings =)

Posted: Nov 18th 2008 2:56PM (Unverified) said

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Someone once asked me to design them a Marriage Certificate and every now and again I get another L$100 for new order, (ten minutes in PS), Wonders if Divorce Papers would command a couple hundred?

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