VWBPE 2014 interesting stats


New stats have been published today for VWBPE 2014 and it’s worth pointing out that these are estimations based on statistical packages in each environment. Check out the new VWBPE 2014 data and total comparisons from previous years. New dates for VWBPE 2015 below!

The 2014 estimations are most interesting as it shows the total unique of visitors, highest concurrency and the average concurrency. New records were broken on the Second Life grid, OSGrid and on LiveStream through the conference duration. This year there was more interest for sure and more visitors on the different platforms. The numbers are certainly on the up and hopefully the trend will continue for many more years to come.

VWBPE Stats

VWBPE Stats

My opinion is that VWBPE 2014 was a major success from start to finish and I think it was definitely the best one yet. It’s great that Ebbe Linden and Philip Rosedale came to the conference this year to spend time with residents of Second Life. I thought the organizers, all of the live speakers, volunteers and everyone else did a great job at VWBPE 2014 making it a success.

VWBPE 2015 Countdown

As mentioned on the blog post VWBPE 2015 will be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 through to Saturday 21st March 2015. The theme for VWBPE 2015 is Crossroads.  I am most looking forward to VWBPE 2015 and seeing how that will compare to this year.

 

Second Life statistics 2014 spring update


This is the spring 2014 Second Life statistics update blog post. I publish the spring, summer, autumn and winter updates during each year looking at the Second Life economy. My last Second Life statistics blog post was published on 2nd December 2013 for the winter update.

Total Regions

  • The total number of Main Grid regions is now 26, 165 - (down from 26, 403)
  • The total number of Private Estates is now 19, 181 –  (down from 19, 424)
  • The total number of Linden Owned is now 6, 984 - (up from 6, 979)

Since 2nd December 2013 the region count is still declining week on week and Tyche Shepherd published today that Private Estate Net loss for the year to date is 92 regions (0.5%). If rates continue then the total number of main grid regions will go under 26, 000 within the next few months. Private Estates will go under 19, 000 within the same time frame. 

Main Grid total regions

Private Estates Growth 

On 24th February 2014 private estates actually grew by 15 regions (net growth) which was welcomed I think. This marked the first growth for private estates of 2014 and marked the first time the grid grew week on week since 31st March 2013.

  • +30 regions on 24th June 2012
  • +13 regions on 31st March 2013
  • +15 regions on 23rd February 2014

These are positive signs indeed that there is interest again and growth for private estates in Second Life. It would be nice to see private estates growing on a monthly basis instead of slowly declining. The good news is that there is a slow down in net losses which is good and lets hope it continues to slow down. It would be nice to see growth in the total amount of regions in Second Life again.

Private Estates

SL Daily Concurrency Levels

Since December 2013 the daily concurrency levels seem to be reaching a maximum peak of 62, 000 on average and 29, 000 for the low peak. The median and mean daily concurrency seems to be steady around the 45, 000 mark.

Historical Daily Concurrency

New Signups 

As of today there are 37,524,063 total signups since Second Life first launched according to the Second Life Grid Survey. See the updated graph below showing resident signups to date and it appears there was more growth in signups from late 2011 onwards.  Hmm, interesting!

Total Signups

According to Dwell On It statistical graphs it appears that the rate of signups on a daily basis is now between 7, 000 to 14, 000. Within the next few years the total amount of signups will reach 40, 000, 000. I hope the daily signups rate will increase in the coming years to something like 15, 000 to 20, 000. I think that with more investment in new developments for Second Life that will happen at some point.

OpenSim 

On 15th March 2014 Hypergrid Business reported that OpenSim regions drop on OSgrid’s spring cleanup. The top 40 OpenSim grids lost nearly 5, 000 regions during the last two months. 196 opensim grids reported stats last month and note that there are far more opensim grids out there but they didn’t share stats.

  • 28,684 regions
  • 359,351 registered users 
  • 21,461 active users

OpenSim grids

Top ten most popular grids by active users

Top ten most popular grids by regions

Next stats update

My next Second Life statistics blog post will be published in early July 2014. Check out my SL Metrics page for more interesting stats.

 

 

 

 

New video shows beta testing of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer


A new video has been uploaded this week showing new beta testing of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer filmed by Marc Weerts. The video runs for 12 minutes and 20 seconds showing the user interface. The video is a nice overview of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer.

I’m beta testing the new viewer for Second Life, by Linden Labs, which will support the Oculus Rift natively. Really exciting, to be able to actually walk around in the virtual world and feel like you are really there. They also did a good job of incorporating the UI.

Marc mentions on Facebook that it’s really cool to walk around SL with the Rift. Marc says he can’t wait for the DK2 version and what LL will do in future versions of the viewer.

It’s very exciting to see new video coverage of the Oculus Rift Second Life Beta viewer and hopefully there will be new videos soon. For the latest news, visit the Oculus Rift and Second Life Facebook page to stay updated. So far there have been 705 likes for the page and hopefully interest will grow over the coming months.

Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration


On Sunday 23rd March 2014 the oldest city of Second Life will be celebrating it’s massive Nova Albion 10th Anniversary with a big parade and street party. There will be a chance to meet some of the oldest mainland residents apparently and find out more about the history of the Nova Albion.

The parade starts at 12pm SLT under the archway in Grignano park in Second Life and will run for about 30 minutes with a street party following afterwards from 12:30pm SLT. There will be entertainment and merriment including live DJ music by Holocluck Henly and a live performance by Christov Kohnke.

The parade route for Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration…

Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration

Coming Soon! 

Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration 2014

It’s time to celebrate 10 amazing years of Nova Albion in Second Life! :D

InWorldz 5th Birthday starts in five days time


There are five days remaining until InWorldz officially turns five years old and this year the InWorldz community will be having a big birthday celebration. The InWorldz 5th birthday celebrations starts on Sunday 16th March through to Wednesday 2nd April 2014.

Currently the builders are hard at work preparing for the 5th birthday and this year there are 34 IW5 birthday regions each with a different interesting theme. There will live birthday events, contests, races, DJ events, hunts, storytelling, fashion shows and much more during the duration of the InWorldz 5th Birthday celebrations.

This is certainly going to be the one of the biggest events the community has ever hosted and I strongly recommend everyone to come along to have fun. Spread the word and bring friends to the party. Check out these newly released maps below showing the InWorldz 5th Birthday regions layout.

IW5 birthday sims

IW5 birthday sims

Here is the map of the IW5 regions and I have to point out that building work is still ongoing on the sims. It’s going to be fascinating I think to visit the IW5 birthday builds this year and attend birthday events that will be held. I’m excited and I can’t wait! :)

IW5 birthday sims

IW5 birthday sims

Poll: Will you be attending InWorldz 5th Birthday ?

Linden Lab announces JIRA changes are now live


Linden Lab have announced that JIRA changes have now gone live which is great news and it’s been long awaited. The new changes make the bug reporting system a “more transparent and productive experience”. This is a good move by Linden Lab and a positive step in the right direction. Visit the SL JIRA here.

What’s the new changes ?

  • All users will be able to see all BUG issues, all the time
  • All users will be able to comment
  • The “New Feature Request” is back!

The blog post reads this…

As we blogged about last week, we’re making some changes to our JIRA implementation to make our bug reporting system a more transparent and productive experience. We just wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that these changes are now live!

One of the questions we’ve seen in the past week is how previously submitted issues would be treated – namely, will those also be viewable by everyone and open for comment prior to being triaged?

While we want to make issues visible for the reasons described in our last post, we’re not going to extend this to old issues, because at the time they were created, users knew that those reports would have limited visibility and they may have included sensitive and/or private information. We don’t want to take information that someone thought would be private and suddenly make that visible to everyone, so the new visibility settings will apply only to new issues.

It’s officially open again, yay. :D

Special podcast this friday about the new SL Go app


Tomorrow on Friday 7th March 2014 show #9 will be available of the drax files radio hour and this week it’s a special show covering everything to know about the new launched SL Go by OnLive app.

A deep discussion with two senior OnLive engineers and managers talking about iOS versions coming soon and what the pricing is among other interesting things. Tune in and listen to the new special podcast hosted by Drax with Jo.

Poll: Will you be using SL Go app ?

Pros and Cons of SL Go app 

Pros

  • The app has potential in the future
  • Second Life in full 3D on mobile and tablet devices
  • Second Life in high quality on low specs
  • Second Life in the cloud is brilliant
  • Looks beautiful and runs really well
  • Speeds over 50 FPS with a 512-meter draw distance and comes with Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE
  • Great way of connecting with friends, attending events and visiting places

Cons

  • Costs too much
  • The free trial period needs to be longer (7 days/30 days) or it should be dropped completely
  • iOS is not supported at the moment
  • Limited to a tiny amount of countries and platforms
  • Other alternatives are already out there at lower cost/free like Lumiya
  • No SL voice supported at the moment
  • No saving snapshots to disk
  • Need a fast broadband connection (3mb+)

Suggestions 

  • Make the app free or for a one time fee (low-cost)
  • Make the app compatible with iOS devices and more platforms
  • Continue to develop the app on a regular basis with new improvements and releases
  • Add a grid manager to visit opensim grids

Roundup of SL Go blog coverage

Roundup of SL Go app forum coverage

What are your views about the new SL Go by OnLive app ?

Good /Bad / Suggestions are welcomed! :)