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
- SL10B Press Tours
- SL10B Opening Day
- SL10B History Walk
- Historical maps of SL Birthdays
- SL10B Bear Island & The Corn Field
- Latest SL10B videos worth watching
- SL10B Pod Tours
- SL10B shown on SL Login Screen
- SL10B Clanis Telehub
- SL10B Classy Souvenirs of SL
- Last day of live SL10B events
- Second Life officially turns 10 years old
- SL10B regions remain open until 29th June 2013
- SL10B Stats
- SL10B Time Capsule First Preview
- SL10B Closing Ceremony events on the final day
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 SLURLS - visit amazing SL10B builds
- SL10B places to visit can be found on the Second Life Destination Guide.
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.
- The past 10 years of Second Life - Check out the historical SL wiki page (2002 to 2013)
- The next 10 years of Second Life - Rod Humble who is the current CEO of Linden Lab was interviewed recently on past, present and future of Second Life!
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.
- Check the SL10B Schedule for the last day of live performances
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.
- There is a more in-depth History of Second Life on the SL wiki from 2002 to 2013.
- My SL Historical wiki page with a breakdown of interesting stats.
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.
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.
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!