Gartner logotype It looks like Gartner is jumping into virtual punditry if this press release on BusinessWire is any indication. It states emphatically “By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a “second life,” but not necessarily in Second Life.” Really, 80%? That’s quite a turn around in a month.

Though it feels like a lot of hype fanned by the Second Life and World of Warcraft juggernaut, maybe it’s not out of the question. For instance Business Week’s special online report on Virtual Life has 16 articles on the topic. Though skewing heavily to Second Life, they’ve managed to inlcude a sidebar, Life After (or before) Second Life that shows how the metaverse is growing beyond Linden Lab’s vision.