One part is people that are happy with the pictures they have up and see no point in changing anything.
Another is people taking a hiatus but intend to get active again once more urgent personal business is taken care of
Another is the fact that having more accounts is one of the things that makes the site viable to advertisers, and therefore keeps the site available to us. (I recently got a notice from another site that I was at risk of being dropped for inactivity. That site has something like 15,000 total members, with less than 300 llamas in the New York area. It's actually pretty worthless to me or to advertisers.)
Just in case you're not aware of it, when you are browsing for llamas or anyone else, you can sort the results by last activity, recently updated, or longest on MM, all of which would be ways limiting the results and making them more useful to you, as would restricting the results to those portfolios that have had activity within a specific time period such as 30 days.
I've never really got upset because I was viewing a account that hasn't been logged into for a while. In fact, I'm not sure how that could even bother anyone.
Not to mention I had a old myspace friend from years and years ago on here who tagged me here years and years ago, and I was able to find them on facebook. She hasn't been active here for a few years and if she was purged I never would have connected with her again.
Images of Light wrote: So why does MM not delete say 3 year old accts? If they have not had any activity. It would free up lots of space and there system would run faster as well.
I imagine it is all a numbers game. They sell "potential" ad clicks to their customers --- telling them they have 3/4 of a million registered users sounds better than the 345,000 that have been active in the last YEAR.
I am sure they promote the total number of accounts when selling ad space, dead accounts or not they are trying to get more money. Any sensible advertiser is going to pay based on daily traffic, unique visits, and conversions but I doubt IB cares how smart the advertiser is...
We are at the bottom of the list when it comes to what they care about