This is the autumn 2014 Second Life statistics blog post looking back at the past 3 months to see what’s been happening in terms of grid numbers. My last statistics blog post was made on 2nd July 2014 for the summer update. These are the very latest statistics for Second Life that are available today. My next statistics blog post will be published in late December 2014 with highlights of the year and predictions for the year ahead for 2015.
Red = decline
Green = increase
The total number of Main Grid regions is now 25, 836 – (down from 26, 120)
The total number of Private Estates is now 18, 824 – (down from 19, 080)
The total number of Linden Owned is now 7, 012 – (down from 7, 040)
Numbers correct as of 28th September 2014
On 1st October 2013
Total Main Grid regions: 26, 729
Total Private Estates: 19, 645
Total Linden owned: 7, 084
Since 2nd July 2014 the region count has been falling in all three key areas (Main Grid regions, Private Estates and Linden Owned regions). As of 21st September 2014 the year to date Private Estate losses are now 431 (2.2%). Back in July 2014 that number was 200 (1%). In April 2014 the decline rate was 0.5%.
Private Estates Growth
Since 2nd July 2014 there have been a few peaks in private estates which is worth mentioning but it’s still not enough. There needs to be far more private estate growth in the coming months and something needs to be done to build up more interest in buying private estates in Second Life.
Net growth of 24 private estates – 24th August 2014
Net growth of 1 private estate – 21st September 2014
SL Daily Concurrency Levels
Since 2nd July 2014 the daily concurrency levels in Second Life have been reaching a maximum peak of 52, 000 (down from 56, 000) and a low peak of 28, 000 (down from30, 000). Still the numbers are declining it seems and as many know the levels were much higher in previous years. I would imagine the concurrency levels will start to pick up again now we are heading into the winter months.
The median daily concurrency has dropped down to 41, 000 (down from 42, 000)
The mean daily concurrency is 40, 550
The rate of daily signups has increased slightly during the past three months in general. Very soon Second Life will reach a new milestone of 40, 000, 000 registered accounts since the beginning of Second Life way back in 2002/2003.
Between 10, 000 – 13, 000 new accounts are being created every day for Second Life
In total so far there have been 39, 736, 544 registered signups for Second Life
In the past three months the grid has declined in grid size and the concurrency levels have dropped again. Private Estates saw some growth in the summer and the daily signup rate has started to pick up again. My predictions for the next three months is that there will be growth in the areas listed above and that Second Life will reach the 40 million mark for total registered accounts.
If you have any theme suggestions for 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season, fill out this form and submit them. Apparently theme suggestions will be narrowed down and put to a vote this weekend. Hurry!
Avination grid will be celebrating it;s fourth birthday from Friday 12th September until Sunday 14th September 2014. There will be live entertainment, live DJs and much more. Visit the AVN4B sims on the Map to see the amazing exhibits and enjoy with friends.
See the full event schedule and lineup below for AVN4B.
Friday 12th September
10am – 12pm DJane Kirsten (Gothicbunker Aachen) – Warmup with Gothic and Hardrock
12pm – 1pm Digital Deception – live
1pm – 2pm Pingout Duffield – live country, rock and pop music
2pm – 3pm Nance Brody – live
Saturday 13th September
8am – 10am Fashion show at AVN4B – new and unusual styles for modern people
10am – 11am Babba Ballyhoo – live – unusual and unique, Cologne Folk Music
11am – 12pm AriangelS – live
12pm – 1pm DJane Florchen – live – charts, mixed and pop
Linden Lab has revamped the Second Life viewer login screen this week to make it more simple and cleaner for new users apparently. To see the new changes download and install the latest release via the Second Life Release/188.8.131.522660 release notes page.
From a glance the login area has been moved to the top of the screen with three new login buttons to enter Second Life. The login area has been enlarged with a new look and its more welcoming than before in previous releases of the Second Life viewer. The showcase area below is still the same as before and the logging in process is still the same.
According to Tyche Shepherd’s New SL Sims in past week thread on the SLUniverse Forums (27th July), Private Estates in Second Life dropped below the 19, 000 regions mark for the first time since 15th June 2008. The total number of Main Grid regions dropped under the 26, 000 mark last week and the decline continues it seems on a weekly basis.
The Net Private Estate losses for the year to date stands at 286 regions so far which is a 1.5% loss.
The closing stages are now underway of RFL of SL Relay Weekend 2014 and here are the final counts for this weekend. In 10 years of Relay in Second Life 11,594 avatars have walked 215, 366, 720 meters. These are incredible numbers and it’s really worth celebrating this major success. It’s been a great weekend and it’s been one of the best yet. The regions have been full and it’s fantastic to see there is huge support for Relay Weekend in Second Life.
Wrap Up Party
It’s been confirmed that the annual Wrap Up Party event for RFL of SL 2014 season will be held on Sunday 31st August 2014. More updates in the coming weeks!
Relay For Life of Second Life 2014 broke the fundraising record with the current total being $406,104so far.
Updated 2014 Stats
Avatars: 1, 365
Laps: 2, 672
Distance: 23, 653, 977 meters
Minutes: 133, 600
Course Length: 8, 853 meters
More interesting stats thanks to Dwen Dooley
Over 3000 people in the rosters on over 190 teams
400 separate donations on the convio
Rezzed 9000 regular kiosks. Rezzed 13000 vendors. In the vendors there were 24000 products.
280 random riot vendors, 1100 raffles, and sold 16800 raffle tickets.
Rezzed 26249 fundraising tools in total, and that does not include the luiminaria. 5200 luminaria lit on this track.
Since Wrap Up last August 2013 there have been 150,000 donations to RFL of SL fundraising tools
Rezzed 400 gotya vendors
Dual team kiosks – 2059 of them
623,000 lindens in dual team kiosks
Historical Stats for Relay for Life of Second Life
More historical stats for Relay Weekend between 2005 to 2014 can be found here.
This week Google+ ended it’s real name policy after 3 years which is excellent news for the Second Life community and OpenSim communities. During the past 3 years Google prevented people using fake names on Google+ when signing up. In recent years there have been reports of Second Life resident Google+ accounts flagged up and suspended. Hopefully that won’t happen anymore with this new policy change and I think it’s a good move forward in the right direction.
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.
Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use.
We know you’ve been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.
I agree this is certainly good news for virtual worlds users in general and virtual businesses that would like a strong presence on Google+. I think in the coming months and years the Google+ communities (shown above) will grow and become more active.