We seldom get stats on how many are using which viewer. But, there is a post over on Gaming World about the Imprudence Viewer and they include the most stats I’ve seen in a long time. Or so I thought. This page just popped up in my reader, but it is dated 2/23/2015… and the data seems to be much older.
See: Gaming World Imprudence Viewer. (read on before you click) If you are clicking to the page, WARNING: be careful where you click. The page is full of ads and most clicks will speed you to someone’s ad site.
The stats they quote say:
- 56% Phoenix Viewer
- 26% SL Viewer 2.x
- 16% SL Viewer v1
- 3% Imprudence/Kokua, Emergence, Ascent… !?!
Ascent… The authors of this viewer stopped production in 2011. Emergence? I remember the name, but I don’t find where I have covered this one or ever downloaded it. And where is the Linden SL Viewer v3? This viewer was released 23 August 2011.
I am convinced the data and article are out dated. The rough numbers I hear around SL are that about 2/3’s of users are using Firestorm now. About a 1/4 the SL Viewer v3. I am almost certain no one is using a Linden v2 viewer. A few may be struggling with a Linden v1, but I think those v2 versions are blocked from the grid.
The Phoenix viewer is blocked from the grid. I haven’t tried my Phoenix 11?? that I used to use for exporting the avatar shape as an OBJ file. I don’t have it installed so I can’t check.
There seems to be an increasing interest in the Second Life virtual world. As sites chase clicks we will likely see them using whatever they can come up with to use for click bait. I think Gaming World is recycling an old story.