This is a special early post looking back at the first six months of 2013 in Second Life on what happened between January 2013 to June 2013 including Linden Lab announcements, popular SL news stories and big events that shaped 2013. All links below are from my blog posts during the first six months of 2013 and I’ll be publishing the final six months of 2013 post before the end of December 2013. Stay tuned for that.
I can’t believe it’s nearly christmas and 2014 already!
My next special Second Life year in review 2013 post – part 2 from July 2013 to December 2013 will be published very soon.
Today Linden Lab have published a new SL video showing many big improvements that the lab has introduced during 2013. The video runs for 57 seconds showing many new features and improvements. It’s a really good video for Second Life to highlight 2013 and everyone should watch this I think. I’m sure there will be more new features to come in late 2013 and next year in 2014. I guess we will have to wait and see.
(first 10 seconds)
- in 2003, Second Life launched.
- In the last 10 years…Second Life has evolved in many ways
- And in 2013, we’re celebrating…
(after 10 seconds to 56 seconds)
- 7 big improvements…
- Better graphics & enhanced lighting
- Better performance & faster avatar loading
- New & improved welcome experience
- Streamlined chat & communication tools
- Sharing to Facebook
- Simplified shopping experience
- Virtual reality headset support, coming soon
- What will the next 10 years bring ?
What SL improvements have you liked this year and what improvements do you want to see introduced in the near future ?
At midnight SLT today the SL10B regions closed for public access for another year after two weeks of celebrating Second Life 10th birthday. The first week of live music and events was a huge success I think. The second week was a nice relaxing week exploring the builds I missed in the first week and the final party was amazing. View my SL10B snapshots here.
Overall there was more blog coverage this year on SL10B, more visitors, less lag, more positive views this year and it was good to see Lindens attending the birthday celebrations too. This year the lab took part in providing SL10B freebies, there was more blog posts on the SL official blog this year and there was more SL10B locations to visit on the SL Destination Guide this year. A big thanks to all the SL10B organisers, volunteers, and builders etc that made this year awesome and for making this 10th birthday celebration possible.
To mark the closing there was first a SL10B flags event where all the SL10B flags were lowered for the last time. After there was a awesome firework display at the main cake stage. Then finally hundreds of avatars gathered for 8 hours yesterday at the Turtle Stage for the final live music party of the SL10B Community Celebration and it was really great to see everyone having fun.
- What are your views of SL10B this year ?
- What are your suggestions for SL11B in June 2014?
SL10B – Thank You!
My SL10B Blog Coverage
This marks the end of my SL10B blog coverage and thanks to all my SL blog readers for reading my special blog reports on SL10B. I guess the countdown starts now for SL11B which planning starts in early 2014. I can’t wait to take part!
Today marks the official end to the SL10B Community Celebration after two amazing weeks of celebrating Second Life’s 10th birthday celebrations. There are special closing ceremony events taking place today which should not be missed between 12pm-9pm SLT at the SL10B regions. It’s time to go out on a high and party all day.
Thank you sign at the SL10B Cake Stage
Closing Day Event Schedule for Saturday 29th June 2013
- The SL10B flags will be lowered today starting at 12pm SLT at X marked locations.
- Fireworks start at the main cake stage after flags are lowered
- Closing Party from 1pm-9pm SLT at SL10B Impressive and SL10B Spellbound
- SL10B sims close to the public late evening (SLT)
Waving goodbye to the SL10B Cake Stage
Let’s celebrate one last time and after today the countdown starts for SL11B.
SL10B Community Celebration Feedback
- Share your thoughts about SL10B on this year’s feedback form.
Feel free to write in comments your reviews (good/bad/suggestions) of SL10B and also what things would you like to see happen for next year at SL11B?
Check out SL10B stats for this year’s birthday celebrations in Second Life…
- SL10B Regions: 22
- SL10B Exhibitor plots: 375
- SL10B Event Duration: 14 days
- SL10B Blog Stats: 110, 965+ views so far
- SL10B Stages: 5
- SL10B Grand Opening Attendance: 640+ avatars
- SL10B Linden Guests: Torley Linden, Amber Linden, Michael Linden, Governor Linden, Patch Linden, Widely Linden and more!
- SL10B Flickr Group Stats: 928 snapshots – 195 members
- SL10B exhibitor applications: 500+
- SL10B performer applications: 470+
- SL10B volunteer applications: 350+
- SL10B pods: 19+
- SL10B Press group: 65 members
- SL10B Greeters: 115
- SL10B Exhibit Assistants: 33
- SL10B Sim Co-Ord: 13
- SL10B Stage Managers: 18
- SL10B Mods: 48
SL birthday Stats from SL3B to SL9B can be found here.
We are now into week 2 of the SL10B Community Celebration which is the relax week after all the main SL10B live events have successfully finished for another year. The SL10B sims were packed though week 1 full of amazing and fun live events. I loved the DJ and live performances this year. There was a great feeling of excitement and amazement this year compared with previous years. It’s very quiet at the sims now after the biggest party the grid has ever seen. Now a new decade of Second Life starts (2013 to 2023).
SL10B regions will remain open until Saturday 29th June 2013. This is the last chance to explore the SL10B exhibitor builds and main stages before the sims go offline in early July 2013.
Explore, take snapshots and videos to mark this special 10th birthday occasion in Second Life. I would like to say special thanks to all the organizers and volunteers that made SL10B possible and supporting this big event on the grid. I have enjoyed blogging about SL10B during week 1 and there will be more blog posts this week. Stay tuned!
What did you think of SL10B this year ?
It’s now 12am SLT on Sunday morning and Second Life has now reached a very special big milestone because Second Life is now officially ten years old. Second Life first opened to the public on 23rd June 2003 when it was just a small growing virtual world. 10 years later Second Life is huge with 27, 182 regions and it’s great that Second life is still popular with thousands of residents of the community.
Happy 10th Birthday Second Life and big thanks to Linden Lab for all the hard work they have done over the years. Special thanks to all the CEOs of Linden Lab so far Philip Linden, M Linden and Rodvik Linden for making it possible.
Lets eat some SL10B cake to celebrate 10 amazing years of Second Life!!!
SL Map at 12am on Sunday 23rd June 2013
SL10B map at 12am on Sunday 23rd June 2013
Happy 10th Birthday Second Life and here is to another 10 years!
It’s been one week since SL10B Community Celebration opened it’s doors to the SL community to celebrate 10 amazing years of Second Life. Today marks the last day of live performance events at the main stages. The 22 SL10B sims will remain open until Saturday 29th June 2013 for viewing the exhibits and main stages.
I strongly recommend visiting the SL10B sims for the beautiful landscape and great creativity this year. What did you think of SL10B live events this year compared with previous birthdays ?
Come and celebrate 10 years of Second Life and be part of SL history.
Dance the night away!!
Check out this amazing exhibit today at SL10B showing Classy Souvenirs of SL showing memories of past and present. This exhibit was built by DrFran Babcock. You can take free copies of the historical spoons, dishes, ash trays and bottles. There are spoons of historical places, grid locations, maps and Lindens at Linden Lab.
Teleport to Classy Souvenirs of SL at SL10B
Overall snapshot of the SL10B Classy Souvenirs of SL exhibit
Historical Linden spoons for free
Historical places spoons for free
This is really awesome and very historical indeed.
My personal rating is 10/10!
There are now just 2 days until Second Life officially turns 10 years old on Sunday 23rd June 2013 and Linden Lab have published a really interesting SL10B Infographic of ten years of Second Life in a recent press release via LindenLab.com. I’m very surprised with many others by the stats released. I do like the layout of the graphics and interesting stats shown below. It makes good sense for the lab to publish these stats after ten years. I would like to see the return of quarterly SL economy stats again to see what is going on with the SL economy. Agree?
What’s new ?
- 36 million accounts created
- $3.2 billion (USD) total transactions among users for virtual goods within the Second Life economy
- 217, 266 years the equivalent of total time users have spent in Second Life
- More than 1 million users visit from around the world monthly
- An average of about 400, 000 new registrations are created monthly
- Second Life’s landmass is nearly 700 SQ. MI. Roughly 14 times the size of San Francisco where Linden Lab is headquartered
- 1.2 million daily transactions for virtual goods
- 2.1 million user-created virtual goods for sale. The most purchased items are women’s hairstyles.
- Most popular categories in the Destination Guide - Games, Events, Adventures & Fantasy
New SL10B Infographic
The Future of Second Life. Before 2023!
If Second Life is still around in ten years from now it will be interesting to find what those infographic stats will be like in June 2023. Hopefully Second Life will be around for another ten years or so and it’s going to be exciting to see what lies ahead. I’ve now been in Second Life for almost 7 years and seen many changes over the years.
I think we will see more new technology introduced from Linden Lab in the coming years making Second Life more realistic, faster and better improved. I would love to see growth in the SL economy again and more users staying with Second Life in the coming years. More regular communications (blog posts, office hours, social media updates) between Linden Lab and SL community would be nice. Revamped new user experience and a return of the volunteer program would be most welcome to many. Finally I would love to see Linden Lab supporting seasonal big events like BURN2, SL birthdays and Winterfest.
What do you predict will happen with Second Life in the next ten years ?
When exploring the SL10B regions I came across a very historical Clanis Telehub in one of the plots located in the north of the SL10B Astonish region. There is a Telehub Mini to view at the Time Capsule area located east of the SL10B Welcome Area this year.
Telehubs were first created in the release of version 1.1.0 of Second Life back in October 2003 and were stopped in December 2005. It’s amazing its been 10 years since telehubs were introduced and today the latest viewer version is now 3.6.0. Telehubs were created by Linden Lab for residents to explore the grid. They would first arrive at a Telehub then they would follow a red vector line to their destination on the region.
Telehubs have a free SL Map on the side and free Linden content on the front. View historical objects from the past and enjoy!
Choose and receive free Linden content.
In the early days SL residents would of rezzed on these small round platforms.
A historical map of Second Life in November/December 2003. Still free to copy!
Telehub Mini at SL10B Welcome Area – Time Capsule area worth checking out!
There are still telehubs around in Second Life today from 2003 to visit.
- Waterhead Welcome Area - SLURL
- The Free Bazaar in Stillman - SLURL
SL10B Community Celebration is now featured on the Second Life Login Screen when logging into the grid. Thanks to Linden Lab for adding it to the welcome screen. Click on Select to set as your starting location and arrive each time at the SL10B Welcome Area.
Check this out!
Today I went to visit the historical SL10B Bear Island and The Corn Field regions which were added by Linden Lab just days before the grand opening last Sunday. When you first arrive at SL10B Bear Island you will find hundreds of Linden Bears from the past decade in Second Life on display for free. Just right-click the Linden bears and get them FREE.
The tradition for many years in Second Life was if you met a Linden inworld, you could ask for their Linden Bear. Lindens would make a Linden Bear to reflect their personality or role at the lab. If you want a nice collection of Linden Bears, now is your chance to do so before July when the birthday sims will go offline for another year. See below for snapshots and the corn field.
Teleport to SL10B Bear Island
Teleport to The Corn Field
In the early days (pre-2006) of Second Life Linden Lab introduced a system with a Twilight Zone twist to punish misbehaving residents in Second Life in which they were sent to The Corn Field which was like a prison. In the Corn Field there is a tractor, black & white television playing a feed of the 1940 educational film called Boy in Court and all of this is surrounded by rows of corn.
In the past The Corn Field was used during Halloween events hosted by Linden Lab. The Corn Field near Bay City in Second Life is closed for public access which remains today. The SL10B Corn Field is really fun exploring and its very scary in the dark.
Misbehavior in Second Life game punished by exile to “the corn field”
Sometimes when someone is suspended for a short time they are sent to the cornfield,” Linden Lab’s Senior VP of Community and Support wrote on the official Second Life discussion forums yesterday, adding that building the cornfield didn’t require any significant development work and reassuring the community that “Once someone is permanently banned they are no longer welcome in Second Life, anywhere, including the cornfield.”
Wow, two amazing regions at SL10B this year with a historical twist to both regions.
Check them out today!
Here are some cool historical SL birthday region maps of previous Second Life Birthdays celebrations. Second Life officially turns 10 years old on 23rd June 2013 and it’s great to be part of SL history. The SL10B Community Celebration is happening to celebrate 10 years of Second Life and the party is huge this year.
There doesn’t seem to be any maps of either SL1B, SL2B or SL3B. Managed to find SL birthday maps from SL4B to SL10B which are shown below. Enjoy!
The structure of the birthday sims and design has changed alot since SL4B. Hopefully the next 10 years we will see more SL birthday map changes and interest.
It’s really worth checking out the SL10B History Walk at the SL Community Celebrations to see history of Second Life and historical objects. The historical walk is very interesting and its a great way to find out about Second Life from 2002 in beta to 2013 today. Walk through the ages of Second Life. After you have completed the walk its worth walking to the SL10B Welcome Area, Avatar Central and Time Capsule area in the SL10B Beguile region. The Man and other historical areas can be found nearby. All areas are linked by a path and small info boards can be found along the way.
Arrival at the SL10B History Walk – SLURL
- Check out SL History from 2002 to 2013 on Info Boards and Objects from those years!
Avatar Central area - SLURL
- Check out this historical Linden-owned store which uses recreated parts and textures
SL10B Welcome Area – SLURL
- Visit the recreated “Newbie Corral” Welcome Area which uses vintage primwork based on archival inworld snapshots.
- SL10B Greeters can be found here who do a great job every year on welcoming visitors!
SL10B Time Capsule area – SLURL
- View the historical SL birthday time capsules.
- The SL10B Time Capsule has been delayed. Hopefully it will be available soon!
What do you think of these SL10B Historical Areas ?
Check out this year’s SL10B Cake which is high above the SL10B Cake Stage which looks very tasty and yummy. Teleport to SL10B Cake Stage and have some cake to celebrate this historical occasion today.
For the anniversary of Second Life in 2013
The cake high up
Flying in shot of the SL10B Cake Stage
Dancing at the SL10B Cake Stage
After months and weeks of preparations the SL10B regions are now officially open to everyone to explore and have fun. Time to celebrate 10 amazing years of Second Life. Thanks to Linden Lab for making Second Life possible. Over the next week or so I’ll be blogging about SL10B so stay tuned for that.
The SL10B Community Celebration is now OPEN for 2 weeks. Keep checking below for the latest news and updates during the day. For the next two weeks I’ll be blogging mainly about SL10B unless something big happens on the grid.
The SL10B Community Celebration is Second Life’s 10th anniversary resident-run gala celebration, and it happens from June 16 at noon slt to June 29. This year, we have 22 sims cram-packed with art, exhibitions, information, and events.
Grand Opening Schedule:
- SL10B Regions Open to everyone at 12pm SLT then live SL10B music events take place for 1 week
- Special Opening Ceremony at 1pm SLT – special flags
X‘s marks the spot for the SL10B flags!
My SL10B Blog Coverage! -
- 2:30pm SLT – End of blog coverage for opening day. More posts to come in the coming days with reviews on my visit around the sims.
- 2:20pm SLT – Everyone is having a great time and there’s been a big attendance on all events so far today!
- 1:05pm SLT – Flags go up to mark SL10B
- 12:48pm SLT – Just counted there are 640+ avatars in 22 SL10B regions at the moment.
- 12:30pm SLT – The SL10B regions are packed and very busy as expected. The party is underway at the main stages and around the regions. SL10B greeters are welcoming new visitors at the SL10B Welcome Area (top middle sim).
- 12pm SLT – SL10B regions are now OPEN – Lets celebrate 10 years of Second Life!
- 11:55am SLT – 5 minutes left to go until the grand opening
- 11:45am SLT – 15 minutes!
- 11:35am SLT – Sims start to slowly fill up with people.
- 11:30am SLT – Moderated chat has started in SL10B inworld groups!
- 11:30am SLT – 30 minutes to GO and it’s almost time to celebrate 10 years of Second Life!
- 11:15am SLT – 45 minutes to GO!
- 11:02am SLT – New blog post via SL10B website > Join us at SL10B Community Celebration for the Special Opening Ceremony!
- 11am SLT – 1 hours to go and final checks are happening right now. It’s worth looking at Ekphrasis Live-at-SL10B blog post via Prim Perfect including details about interviewing artists at the SL10B celebrations.
- 10:40am SLT – 1 hour and 20 minutes to GO!
- 9:20am SLT - Grand Opening at 12pm SLT. There will be a big event happening at 1pm SLT today – announcement to be made at 12:40pm SLT today!
- 9am SLT – 3 hours left to go and there is a excitement is building up in group chat via SL10B groups!
- 8:50am SLT - 3 hours – 10 minutes left until things kick off for 2 weeks and final preparations are taking place on the 22 SL10B regions this year. Regions closed for access for maintenance and last minute checks. It’s recommended to wear less laggy attachments etc as the regions will be very busy for the first 3 or so hours of the opening today.
SL10B Map - Snapshot taken at 8:40am SLT today
Have fun exploring and lets celebrate 10 years of Second Life!
For the past month there has been alot of planning for SL10B Press Tours which happened yesterday on Friday 14th June at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm SLT and this year was a success on all three tours. The tours were hosted by myself, Gemma, Samantha and Saffia which ran for about 1 hour and half visiting the main landmarks of SL10B. There was alot of positive things said during the tours and it would be great to now receive feedback on what people thought of the tours/regions.
Snapshot of Tour 1 at the SL10B Welcome Area.
The attendance this year for all three press day tours were around 20+ people which I thought was a good amount. I believe alot of press members explored the regions before and after the tours. Today is a great opportunity for press members to explore the sims and blog about the birthday experience this year. There needs to be more blog coverage this year to mark ten years of Second Life and snapshots posted on Flickr etc.
Snapshot of press members near the DJ stage on the road.
Snapshot of Governor Linden with the press tour happening in the background.
Thanks to all SL10B Press members for attending the SL10B Press Day tours. Share your views in comments or by IM/Notecard. Thank you!
Please spread the word about SL10B Press Day and apply today!
There are just 4 days to go until the grand opening of resident-run SL10B Community Celebration and after carefully planning by myself and Gemma Cleanslate it’s good to announce that press day is set for Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June 2013. SL10B Press Day is a chance for all SL bloggers and SL news media to get a early sneak preview of the 21 SL10B sims before it opens to the public on 16th June 2013.
Last year for SL9B the press day was very successful and I enjoyed managing a few press tours for press members. I hope that SL10b Press Day will be exciting and interesting this year. If you have any questions then please contact me.
- 2 days to go until Press Day
- Over 50+ press members have applied this year
SL10B Map – 21 sims this year!
SL10B Map of region names
SL10B Press Day Press Release
If you would like to have a early sneak preview of the 21 SL10B sims, then join us for SL10B Community Celebration Press Day Events on Friday 14th June 2013.and Saturday 15th June 2013.
Opens to press at 12pm SLT on Friday
Closes to press at 6pm SLT on Saturday
There will also be special guided Press Tours (starting at the Welcome Area) at:
All times SLT.
Press Packs will be given out to all people taking the tour, full of goodies donated by exhibitors. There will also be information on the Long Walk (the special Hunt we are organising) and a list of very useful landmarks!
Press members are welcome to take snapshots, videos and blog on the SL10B Community Celebration sims. Press Tours include visiting the main attractions of SL10B and fantastic resident created builds. It’s recommended to ride the pod tour around the SL10B sims to see many amazing builds.
All members of the Press who have signed up for our Press Group are very welcome to attend although – to help us organise numbers – it would very much help us if you could also complete the form here.
Please complete the application form below for the press tours!
There are now just 8 days remaining until the big grand opening of the resident run SL10B Community Celebration event to mark Second Life tenth birthday on Sunday 16th June 2013. Building work is almost complete on the SL10B regions which is themed Looking Forward – Looking Back. Futuristic and historical builds is what I’m looking forward to seeing the most to mark 10 years of Second Life.
Important Dates Remaining…
- Final day for building – 12th June
- Sim inspections – sims closed to builders – 13th June
- Press Day – 14th to 15th June
- Grand Opening – 16th June 2013
- Official Birthday of Second Life – 23rd June
- Final day of performances – 23rd June
- Sims close to the public – 29th June
- All builds to be dismantled – sims go offline – 1st July
More coverage to come soon!