@pinemom - Yep, that's my belief. 300K+ 'likes' on the official page. Better weather than anyone can remember (there's always an influx of new people after a good weather year). A bumper crop of truly amazing videos, as well as one that went massively viral and accumulated over 1.1 million views by the time registration closed. This also seemed to be a big year for people to return to the playa after some time away. All we need now is 100 miles of highway widened so we can give that population cap a kick in the pants!
@vapor - I sure hope that's the case, and that as people's plans don't pan out they keep the tickets they can't use within the community at face or less.
@RedHeaven - I agree, the video was definitely a factor. I'm reluctant to say 'blame' though, people have been giving poor Teddy a hard time about that great little clip (as if he did it to intentionally make things difficult for anybody or to screw himself out of getting a ticket). And yeah, such great weather. And the Time book. And all of it.
@moonrise - 2009 was 43K (down from 49K the year before, most likely in the wake of the housing/credit crunch), population info here
@Drawingablank - spend some time reading the comments on that video. There were quite a few from people who had never been and appeared to be determined to go.
@Spritle712 - scalpers is a possibility, but I haven't seen any evidence yet. Sure tickets are on offer, but it's a tiny percentage when compared to the number of tickets that have been awarded.
@mrscience - if you like, send me a PM with the email address and name you may have used on that earlier account and I'll see if I can find it.