Category Archives: Second Life Blogs
Watch Episode 7 with Rodvik Humble the CEO of Linden Lab talk about Second Life. Episode 7 runs for 5 minutes and its available to watch now. It’s great to see Rodvik Humble exploring inworld locations and active again. Later this month Second Life celebrates it’s tenth birthday and this is a great way to start a new month with the CEO of Linden Lab in this special of the Drax Files SL series.
Rodvik Humble mentioned some updated stats about Second Life which is very interesting to share.
- Over half a billion US dollars in user to user transactions
- After ten years – over a million people active every month
- 400, 000 sign up every month
- Over 176 employees at Linden Lab
- San Francisco is the main office of Linden Lab
- And there’s more! (see video below)
Yay, Rodvik Linden has returned. This is by far the best video of Rodvik Linden and interview in Second Life ever I think. It’s all good, very positive and exciting to watch. I’m sure the SL community will absolutely love this special episode 7 of the Drax Files
British native Rod Humble is possibly America’s most honest CEO: “I have no idea why it’s magic but it is!” he says about his company’s core product – the vast digital sandbox known as Second Life!
This sprawling virtual universe, solely created by its users, administered by Linden Lab from their San Francisco headquarters and simulated in server farms all over the world, is turning 10 years old this June and with over 1 million active monthly users it has outlived many prestigious game titles in the highly competitive market of digital entertainment.
What is Second Life’s secret? Mr. Humble tries to get to the bottom of what makes open-ended creative platforms superior to other digital offerings, how community driven markets that are not constrained by geographic boundaries work and ponders the power of avatar-based interaction in this special Drax Files/World Makers episode.
Spread the word and comment below on what you thought of episode 7 of The Drax Files ?
A great challenge was started recently by Strawberry Singh to answer questions about blogging about Second Life which has started a domino effect across the SL blogosphere. This is my Blog Meme below!
- How long have you been blogging? Since 18th December 2007
- Why did you start blogging? I started my Second Life journey on the Teen Grid starting from the 31st October 2006 and back then the grid was very tiny. There was more blog coverage on the main grid of Second Life and nothing really on the Teen Grid so I decided to make a WordPress Blog about Teen Grid news, developments and events. I transferred to the main grid of Second Life when I turned 18 years old in December 2008 then continued reporting on big news and big events in Second Life which I enjoy doing.
- How many times a week do you post an entry? Depending on the latest SL/OpenSim news its anywhere between 3-6 posts a week.
- How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? Hundreds on Google Reader (includes SL/opensim forums and social networks on a daily basis).
- Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Sometimes if it’s interesting and if it’s going to have a impact/change Second Life.
- Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yes, on WordPress Stats page on a regular basis. I normally get over 8, 000 hits per month with a average of 200-500 views every day. I’ll love to have more this year and future ones.
- Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? Nope.
- Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? Yes, I believe so.
- Do you blog under your real name? Nope. I just use my Second Life name.
- Are there topics that you would never blog about? Not really. I’ll blog about interesting SL happenings and I’m always open to new things to blog about.
- What is the theme/topic of your blog? Second Life and OpenSim news.
- Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? No. I use my blog. Plurk, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google+ and SL web profile to communicate with SL friends.
- What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? It give me confidence and something to be proud of mostly. Its a great way of informing and communicating important stuff to my SL blog readers.
- So, why do you continue to blog? It’s good fun to write about Second Life events and news. It’s addicted and It’s going to be hard to stop any time soon. I’ll continue to blog for many years to come covering a whole range of interesting topics hopefully. My hope is that more readers will read my blog and continue to give me feedback like in previous years.
Thanks for reading my SL blog over the years and being part of my SL journey so far. Please FOLLOW MY BLOG on the right hand side and stay updated on the latest grid happenings. Thanks very much again!
More great things to come!
Linden Lab has posted up a new blog post today looking back at Second Life during 2012 and looking forward to 2013 which is just a few weeks away now. During 2012 the SL official blog has very quiet this year for news SL announcements and other related updates overall. This new blog post by Linden Lab is very interesting indeed to read through and its good that Linden Lab is investing more into Second Life for 2013. Yay!
Improvements made to Second Life in 2012:
- New Advanced creator tools
- Good Building Practices
- Revamped Destination Islands
- New Perks for Premium Subscribers
- New Direct Delivery
- Improved HTTP Library
- New group management tools
- CHUI introduced and will be rolled out in 2013
- Project Shining introduced
- 1, 200 places added to the SL Destination Guide in 2012 (Now stands at 2, 400)
- Threaded region crossing improving teleports and reducing lag
- Expanded support of video cards
Upcoming improvement for Second Life during 2013:
- Further improvements to performance and reliability
- New perks for Premium subscribers
- New features for everyone (normal and specular maps)
- Project Shining – more developments will happen in 2013
- More places will be added to SL Destination Guide in 2013
The highlights Rodvik Humble posted up last year for 2012 have been achieved more or less. There looks to be many new exciting developments coming in 2013 and hopefully more to blog about next year.
Today marks five years since I first started to blog about Second Life on 18th December 2007. Since then my SL blog traffic and subscribers have increased massively over the years. Thanks to everybody that has followed my SL blog, mentioned it in anyway and commented on my blog posts since December 2007. It does mean alot to me and it keeps me wanting to report on more SL happenings.
My latest blog changes
- Added a new OpenSim blog page
- Added 10+ more links to my blogroll this week with over 40+ during 2012
- My theme is now christmas 2012
- Added a christmas day countdown clock
I’m looking forward to another year of SL blogging in 2013 and beyond that.
2011 blog stats
- 48, 154 total blog hits
- 1, 408 blog followers
2012 blog stats
- 149,727 total blog hits as of today
- 2,626 blog followers as of today
- New Record: 891 best ever views on 6th November 2012
A huge increase in 2012 which i’m very pleased about and I hope to get more hits/visitors/followers in 2013+. Thanks for the support !
The big news this weekend announced by Jessica Lyon during a recent Phoenix office hour with the SL community is that the Phoenix Viewer support will be ending on Monday 31st December 2012. Apparently the Phoenix Viewer will then be removed from the SL third-party directory and Phoenix links will be removed from the Phoenix Official Blog. In 2013 Firestorm Viewer will be the default popular third party viewer and more new developments will continue to happen.
The reason for why Phoenix Viewer support will be ending is because Linden Lab will be rolling out server-side avatar baking in 2013 which should be interesting. TPVs have been told about this 2013 avatar baking roll out and hopefully the deployment will go without any major issues.
It seems like the server side baking rollout is at it’s final stages now with a timeline of 8 weeks according to Oz Linden via the Open Source Mailing List recently.
Oz Linden (Scott Lawrence)
For any of you developing viewers that are not in the TPV Directory and
so didn’t get the notice there….
We have now made available the code for our upcoming server side baking
changes – you will need to update to be compatible with this in order
for users to see avatars correctly once the server side change is rolled
out to the main grid (some time > 8 weeks from now, but no date has been
for information on this new code, and watch it for updates.
Tonya Souther blogs about this roll out here…
As Oz said in the meeting, the clock is now ticking. We asked for at least two months’ notice, and yesterday we got that. LL would like to roll the code out to the grid in February, but they’ll work with TPV developers to make sure we all have had the code and a good chance to implement it before they actually roll it out.
History of the Phoenix Viewer
- Transition from Emerald controversy to Phoenix in September 2010
- Phoenix Viewer added to The Third-Party Viewer Directory list in September 2010
- Phoenix Viewer Beta 2 in July 2011
- 40 groups enabled on Phoenix Viewer in January 2011
- Phoenix Project turned one years old in September 2011
- Phoenix Viewer Beta 2 with Mesh Support in September 2011
- Phoenix classes started in 2011
- New changes to TPV policy & Phoenix TPV policy meeting in late February 2012
- Phoenix Viewer support ends 31st December 2012
What do you think about this major announcement and will you be switching to Firestorm if not already?
For many years I have enjoyed reading Betterverse.org blog posts about Second Life and virtual worlds. Recently I wondered to myself why there hasn’t been regular blog posts in my Google reader feed and it’s sad to report that since August 2012 Betterverse.org closed down reporting.
Betterverse.org has been running for many years with 652 blog posts covering popular SL news stories. It’s sad that Betterverse.org has closed down reporting and i’m sure everyone will miss the well written interesting blog posts. I will miss it for sure!
The reason for the closure of Betterverse.org project…
I have many other demanding projects on my plate now, and I don’t have the time and energy it takes to keep this site alive and relevant. I’ve been feeling burnt out and uninspired, which is not the right kind of energy to give to this project.
The last blog post was on…
- Wrapping up Betterverse.org
Betterverse.org highlights some of the big new stories…
- Stories and commentary about Second Life discontinuing the discount for nonprofits and educators
- Monitoring the race to create virtual world “web viewers” like Tipodean , Second Life , Blue Mars and Kitely
- Our list of social issue machinima videos
- Our coverage of the launch of the awesome “Virtual Mine” game in Second Life, which was nominated for an Emmy
- The Egypt pro-democracy protests in Second Life
The blog blog mentions more details about the closure of Betterverse.org. Betterverse is closed for now but perhaps someday in the future someone will bring Betterverse back to life again with new stories on virtual worlds.
Why the Wrap Up?
So why am I closing Betterverse? It certainly isn’t because of a lack of stories. There still is a lot of great work being done in the metaverse, from new web-based worlds like Cloud Party, interesting places to visit like JPL in Second Life, and cool projects likeMinecraft in the classroom.
Honestly, my heart isn’t in it anymore. I still love virtual worlds, visiting the eye-popping 3d spaces and builds, learning about exciting educational and public good projects, and meeting all the inspiring people I encounter along the way. But I have many other demanding projects on my plate now, and I don’t have the time and energy it takes to keep this site alive and relevant. I’ve been feeling burnt out and uninspired, which is not the right kind of energy to give to this project.
So it just feels like the right thing to do set down this project now.
Thanks to all of you who have over the years read my stories, shared, and commented on them. I hope this site has been useful for you in finding out about the exciting work that others are doing out there to improve the human condition, using these exciting virtual tools.
I believe that there is still an important role for Betterverse as an archive of educational, nonprofit, government and philanthropic efforts in the virtual world. So I’ll keep this site up for as long as I can. Perhaps someday I’ll be in a position to bring this site back, or pass it off to someone who can take it to another level.
But for now, Betterverse is closed. To all of you creating better worlds out there, I salute you.
Did you enjoy reading Betterverse.org blog posts ?
What do you think about this blog ending ?
Today I saw a group notice saying that Edo Tone the owner/founder of Style of Edo will be leaving Second Life sometime during April 2012. It’s always sad news to hear people leaving Second Life and I know that Edo will be missed deeply by the SL community when he leaves in a few months time. Edo creates men’s formal clothing for Style of Edo and you can view he’s great store of products on the Second Life Marketplace or inworld here. I wish Edo Tone all the best for the future in RL.
This is what the group notice said this morning SLT.
hello members of the press,
After consulting some sources that it is public knowledge that Edo is leaving ,he has alerted friends and his staff with this and it is no longer private ,i decided to share Edo’s goodbye letter in Press Pass and thank this legend for his wonderful work he has done in the community.
Here is a copy of Edo’s goodbye letter which is rather emotional to read.
Hi my staffs,
I worked in SL about 5years.
My SL business is big still.And I got award every year.
I was so lucky.
But I havenot aim and I’m tired about SL business so much.
I do not want to waste time in RL.
And I have not failed in business yet. I would like to become a SL legend.
I will leave from SL in April.(I gave SIM of Ekho to Chris already)
I know my staffs are so good persons and good job.
I will not employ you next month. I’m so sorry.
I know this is big news for SL fashion world.
I did not tell this news to many people.
But you can talk it to anyone.
I was not kind to you possibly.
I’m so sorry.And I am thankful to you from the bottom of my heart.
And you gave me good memories.
I will not forget about you in RL.
You were my SL dream. Because all big owners had
many staffs in SL.
Thank you so much!
- NCI Kuula – New Citizens Incorporated - New Player, New Resident, Newbie, Noob, Beginner, Help, Basics, Information, Info, Questions, Freebies, Free Stuff, Clothing, Sandbox, Hangout, Newsstand, Ginny Gremlin Park, Mall, Events, Tutorials, Classes, Class, Education.
- the Shelter, Isabel - A Haven for those new and old! While here we ask you follow our rules of no nudity, heavy swearing, or advertising. Please type ‘rules’ for a notecard on arrival with more specific information.
- Caledon Oxbridge University Community Gateway - Help. Lessons. Tutorials. Assistance. Helpers. New. Support. People Helping People. Free Clothes. Building Area. Mentors. Guide. Guides. New Residents. Learning. Learn. Fun. Activities. The Independent State of Caledon Community Gateway.
- Ivory Tower Library of Primitives - A Self-Guided, Self-Paced, Comprehensive Building Tutorial. Library Contacts: Lumiere Noir & Avi Arrow Ask for Help: Avi Arrow, marcov Carter, Mouse Mimistrobell, Lumiere Noir, or Lost Prim.
- Helping Haven - A friendly place to come and receive help for your Second Life. We offer a team of voluntary helpers to assist you. Newcomer friendly, freebies, landmarks.
- College of Scripting - Scripting Tutorials to program in Linden Language. Feel free to come learn how to Script from over 900 Lessons on 10 floors. Newbie Orientation and learn to Build from our Building Tutorials. Basics of Music,Physics, Logic, Particles, Boolean Algrebra.
- Builder’s Brewery - Sandbox & Terraforming Practice. Learn to build free classes. Supplies for Textures, Scripts, Sculpts, glass, tutorials, lighting and more inside if you need them. Items returned AFTER you leave.
- White Tiger Help Island - A commerce help & learning international community. Free shopping at the Medieval Village. Fantasy Learning Garden. Help. Helping. Gifts. Tutorials. Lessons. Classes. Art. Dancing. Land managers Eoleon Elcano, Treacle Darlandes, Zanyrob Merryman.
- Virtual Ability - Home of the Virtual Ability, Inc. orientation, training and information facilities for people with disabilities and chronic illness.
- Help Island Public - Help Island Public (HIP) is where Residents can learn anything they want to know about Second Life. There are building and scripting tutorials and information kiosks.
Rodvik Linden mentioned yesterday (31st January) on his SL online web profile that progress is being made for last names to return to Second Life. Rodvik hopes to have a baked plan ready on last names sometime during February 2012 which will be interesting to see how that works. Hours later there were hundreds of comments on Rodvik’s SL web profile which was strange because normally that amount would be normally seen on the SL official blogs. Here is the update posted up by Rodvik…
Quick update on last names. Just fyi the team here has been working on solutions for this and it is taking longer than we thought. identity is important so we want the ability to have that wonderful shared experience the old last name system had but also not lose sight of the fact that many people really do not want a name given to them, they want freedom to define their identity, finally we want to consider adding meaningful things like titles etc that can be awarded by the community or some other methods. Anyway bit more complicated than initially thought but progress is being made. Will have a baked plan sometime in February we think.
Thanks for the update Rodvik!
This snapshot shows the current Second Life username system when joining Second Life for the first time.
This snapshot shows the old last names system for Second Life.
I am a supporter of bringing back last names so that it replaces the Resident part when joining Second Life. SL users need more choice when joining I think like before when SL users could pick a first name and last name. This makes the experience creative and unique to everyone. This new last names system needs to be done as fast as possible.
There has been and will continue to be big support for SL last names I think. The Bringing Back Last Names JIRA saw over (2370) votes with (733) watching the progress being made since Mid July 2011. Hopefully we will see a return either this month or next month at the latest because that would be awesome.
Most viewed blog posts during 2011
- Home page - 18,280 views
- Third party viewers that support mesh now - 1, 050 views
- 60 SL blogs you should read - 950 views
- Top 10 airports in Second Life 2011 - 852 views
- Third party viewers that support mesh, update 2 - 814 views
- OWN Network showing Second Life documentary – Life 2.0 premier - 679 views
- SL Last Names are coming back hopefully in early 2012 - 671 views
- Linden Lab releases new Viewer 3 user interface - 620 views
- Third party viewers that support mesh, update 3 - 599 views
- Is Viewer 3 around the corner for Second Life? - 575 views
- daniel voyager - 697 times
- inworldz - 107 times
- mesh sims second life - 63 times
- second life - 62 times
- hogwarts your story - 61 times
- SL Residents to follow on Twitter during 2011 - 35 comments
- Active RL Companies That Have A Presence In SL 2011 - 24 comments
- SL Last Names are coming back hopefully in early 2012 - 22 comments
- Bring back last names in SL – vote now - 22 comments
- Facebook removes hundreds of SL FB accounts - 22 comments
- 60 SL blogs you should read - 18 comments
- Total Views: 50,270
- Busiest Day: 778 – 25th August 2011
- Posts: 1, 159
- Average daily blog hits: 225
- Comments: 1, 743
- Blog followers: 63
- Followers: 1, 442
It’s near 2012 now and its time to look back on what happened during 2011 in Second Life . Check out the month-by-month recap below of news and events that rocked 2011…
- The 1000 Avatars Project was featured on the Second Life Destination Guide on 7th January
- New Web Based SL Profiles introduced by Linden Lab on 8th January
- The Gnubie Store closed down In Second Life on 10th January
- Rod Humble started the new job of being CEO of Linden Lab on 20th January
- Teen Grid officially merges with Main Grid on 21st January
- Jessica Lyon announces partnership with new OS Grid “SpotOn3D” on 25th January
- Mega Prims disappeared across the grid on 2nd February
- Rodvik Linden Meet and Greet on 4th February
- Linden Lab changes Office Hours to User Groups meetings on 9th February
- Bay City Teen and Main Grid regions merged into one big land mass on 10th February
- Linden Lab announces new SL Community Platform on 16th February
- RedZone HUD was forced to ask to reveal alt accounts on 25th February
- Tribute to Sabrinaa Nightfire, Talented SL Artist who sadly passed away on 6th March
- Linden Lab Calls Facebook “The Best Place” to Find Second Life Content on 8th March
- Big buzz on the blog post by NWN called Second Life Users Hate and Fear of Change on 16th March
- Linden Lab introduced basic mode and advanced mode for the viewer on 18th March
- VWBPE 2011 was a big success this year between 17th & 19th March
- SL Fashion for life raised 4.7 million Linden dollars on 24th March
- BURN2 Spring Event opened with great joy and excitement from the SL community on 25th March
- Ormand won Pop Art Lab Machinima Expo 2011 on 28th March
- Linden Lab launched a new Dash Deal Test Program for Marketplace Merchants on 6th April
- Linden Lab announced SL Viewer Beta with Enhanced Avatar Physics on 7th April
- There was sad news when AM Radio announced closure of his regions on 10th April
- Tateru Nino announced that Second Life user-concurrency falls to lowest levels in two years on 10th April
- Feathers Boa announced an early retirement from Second Life on 13th April
- Linden Lab launched new interactive Second Life signup pages on 17th April
- Linden Lab is worth roughly $232M, according to Sharepost on 25th April
- Linden Lab changed the Welcome Screen on 3rd May
- There was mass deletion of staff user pages from Second Life Wiki on 9th May
- Bay City celebrated it’s third anniversary in Second Life on 13th May
- SL was listed on 11 most influential online worlds of all time via PCWorld on 17th May
- Facebook removed hundreds of SL FB avatars accounts on 20th May
- Linden Lab announced the new Search project viewer on 25th May
- Linden Lab hosted a load test event to help test/break SL group changes on 2nd June
- There was outrage over disputed logo SL8B on 13th June
- A second Second Life for Duran Duran on 16th June
- SL8B opens & Second Life turns eight years old on 23rd June
- Lost Gardens of Apollo shuts down in SL on 26th June
- Linden Lab introduced new SL avatars in the Library on 29th June
- Rod Humble talked about virtual goods during Bloomberg Interview on 30th June
- Paisley Beebe calls it quits on 2nd July
- Treet.TV announced big changes on 7th July
- Google+ suspends avatar accounts during the summer on 8th July
- Firestorm surpassed LL V1.23 viewer usage on 15th July
- Relay for Life weekend & Relay For Life raised $371, 670 US dollars between 16th-17th July
- New SL social web profiles went live on 26th July
- Meeroos master account blocked by Linden Lab on 1st August
- Announcement of Abbotts Aerodrome closing on 2nd August
- Brinda Allen passed away in her sleep on 11th August
- SLCC 2011 keynote highlights on 13th August
- OWN Network Documentary on Second Life on 16th August
- SL Viewer 3 comes out of beta with Mesh on 23rd August
- SL Relay for Life 2011 Raises $375K From 115K Donation on 29th August
- Jessica Lyon announced the Phoenix project turned one years old on 3rd September
- Pop Art Lab celebrated it’s 3rd year anniversary in Second Life on 4th September
- Firestorm Beta 3 with Mesh Support on 6th September
- KirstenLee Cinquetti announced that her viewer will be discontinued on 8th September
- Weekend deal: Second Life premium memberships discounted on 9th September
- Metaverse Week in Review turned four years old on 12th September
- Help People Island closed down after six years in Second Life on 24th September
- Grendel’s Children celebrated it’s 5th birthday party in Second Life on 7th October
- Linden Lab joins Plurk SL community on 7th October
- Luskwood celebrated it’s 8th birthday party in Second Life on 17th October
- Linden Lab releases new Viewer 3 user interface on 18th October
- Builders Brewery big glitch hits 16, 700 group members on 20th October
- SL Shakespeare Company, Primtings, and sLiterary Closing on 22nd October
- Video game-designer and Maxis co-founder Will Wright now a Linden Lab director on 25th October
- First annual InWorldz Dreamz & Visionz art festival opened on 1st November
- Linden Lab finally responds to Bring Back Last Name Options on 1st November
- Gracie Kendal reached the big milestone of 2000 avatars on 3rd November
- Official Second Life Facebook page reached 200, 000 likes milestone on 6th November
- New Linden Helpers Beta program launched on 11th November
- Save 50% when you sign up for a Premium account on 24th November
- SL user concurrency stays below 70, 000 during 2011 on 30th November
- FJ Linden no longer with Linden Lab on 12th December
- Translation failed message on 14th December
- SL Last Names are coming back hopefully in early 2012 on 13th December
- Kirsten’s SL Viewer Development Ends Because 1000s of Its Users Declined to Help Fund It on 19th December
- Exodus SL Viewer: Appealing Successor to Kirstens Viewer on 26th December
- A new Linden Lab CEO – Success - Rod Humble started in mid January 2011 as the new Linden Lab CEO.
- Mesh will be officially launched - Success - Mesh was still being developed during the first half of 2011 until 23rd August when Mesh went live across the grid. Mesh is now in many well known viewers!
- Groups will be raised from 25 to 40 - Success- Linden Lab enabled 42 for the groups limits in early 2011.
- Teens introduced to the Main Grid -Success- Linden Lab merged the grids together on 21st January 2011.
- Major TPVs will switch over to using Viewer 2 based code - Success -
- Educational organizations leave SL cause of land increased prices - Success - There were alot of Educational organizations that left Second Life due to funding/land prices etc during 2011.
- More residents moving to OpenSim grids etc - Success – In 2011 there have been more regions created than there was last year and I believe there has been more interest about OpenSim grids this year. OSGrid reached the 10, 000 regions milestone this month which is incredible.
- More press news and projects from Linden Lab -- Success – There have been various press updates this year through the inworld LL press group. Linden Lab launched Linden Realms, Viewer 3, Mesh, 42 groups, Greeter project, new web SL online profiles, new search and more this year.
- SL concurrency to reach 100, 000 users online - Fail -SL concurrency numbers failed to reach 88, 000 or more this year.
- LL ends Viewer 1.23 support - Fail – Still no confirmation about this year about Viewer 1.23 support ending. It’s no longer under development (2009) but it’s still available to download via the SL wiki.
- The SL Economy will hopefully grow stronger - Fail - Remained steady and flat in 2011 but not much growth as many expected it would be.
Second Life predictions for 2012
- Early SL Predictions for 2012 - Me
- 7 Important Second Life Predictions For 2012 - Eddi Haskell
- My Predictions for 2012 - Second Thoughts
- 11 Predictions for 2012 for MMOs, Virtual Worlds, Social Media - Second Tense
- More will be added soon here!