History of the TG Transition


Here’s my follow up post about the history of the TSL Transition. You may find it interesting to read about previous milestones since the very beginning of the idea of merging the grids. Friday 21st January 2011 marks the end of an era for Teen Second Life, after running for almost 6 years, which is 2, 167 days in total.

Terrance Linden has put in a lot of hard work in the past 6 months to make the transition as smooth as possible. Let’s Make February “Teen Welcome Month” in Second Life. The transition of hundreds of teens will arrive on the Main Grid immediately and I wish the teens the best of luck in their new Main Grid adventures.

Timeline of TG Transition Events

  • Back in 2007, there were rumours spreading around about a possible grid merge with the main grid in the near future. There were plenty of discussions at office hours and on the forums on a weekly basis. Linden Lab kept on saying “We have no plans for a grid merge”.
  • On 19th January 2009, Philip Rosedale gave an interview to Metanomics, mentioned that “the future of Second Life needs to be one where people of all ages can use Second Life together”. The community took to the forums and blogs shortly afterwards roaring about it.
  • Back in August 2010, during SLCC 2010, Philip Rosedale announced that the closure of the Teen Grid. Linden Lab wanted to keep Second Life “sustainable” and “growing” apparently. The plan was to have 16-17 old users transfer over to the main grid.  For the younger part the plan was for 13-15 year accounts to be turned off.  Since August 2010, Terrance Linden has announced a number of blog posts from the Second Life Blog on the transition informing the rest of the community on what will happen. There has been tons of mixed reactions on SL blogs, forums and inworld meetings ranging from excitement to disbelief on the closure announcement of the teen grid.
  • In Mid-December 2010, Linden Lab changed the Terms of Service that pointed towards the under 18 year old residents moving to the main grid and closing of Teen Second Life. There was some confusion over teens creating accounts on the main grid when this update came into effect. In late December 2010, Global Kids hosted a “Youth Forum about TG Merger“. This youth forum allowed Teens to come and share their thoughts, concerns, ideas, and hopes for the future of Second Life.
  • On 21st January 2011, after 1pm SLT teens were able to teleport anyone to any region on TSL. LL transferred teen accounts by last name, so many residents had to wait longer. The map should refresh any time between 12am-6am SLT on 22nd January 2011, so that you can see the TSL regions because they are currently hidden at the moment.

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RIP TSL

Check out the History of Teen Second Life and Second Life

14th February 2005 – 21st January 2011

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3 thoughts on “History of the TG Transition

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  2. daleinnis

    So are the existing Teen Grid sims going to appear on the main grid map? Or have they already? Is there a list of former-Teen-Grid sim names somewhere? (And if they are, why do we need some new islands for them anyway?)

    I mostly ask ’cause I want to add the former-Teen-Grid area to my continent-locating script :) and also out of random curiosity. I think having the 16-18 year olds on the Grid will be great fun, myself (talk about added energy!), and that the fears about griefing and underage dangers and all will materialize only to a small extent. But then I am a wild-eyed optimist. :)

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  3. Daniel Voyager

    The Teen Grid sims are now visible and you can now visit them. Chimp Labs is a teen hangout area, which was set up just for them. It’s to be interesting to see how it all plans out.

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