Linden Lab Announces Place Pages Beta


On 11th January Linden Lab announced Place Pages Beta a new feature that gives every region and parcel a generated page on the Second Life website where you can find out more information about that specific location. This new feature aims to finding places inworld more faster and more easily than before.

New Insilico Place Page

New Insilico Place Page

Here are some examples Place Pages that have been already created by Linden Lab. For the FAQ about Place Pages see here.

To activate the new Place Pages feature make sure “Show in search” is ticked under the land settings. Place Pages is currently in the beta testing phase with more future improvements and features like a events calendar planned soon. After the testing has finished all of the features worked on will be rolled out to everyone.

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New Place Pages

Here are some of the things that is being worked on now..

  • Custom welcome message
  • Place description
  • Tag line
  • Image
  • Video support
  • Events calendar
  • Advertising parcels for sale/rent
  • And more

It’s worth pointing out that Place Pages that are rated General will be visible to everyone, Mature or Adult will be subject to the Maturity controls.

Here is the full blog post…

Place Pages are a new feature aimed at making the huge variety of awesome places in Second Life easier to find by creating web pages for each inworld location that opts to show in search.

Today, we’re starting a beta for this feature. All regions and parcels that have elected to Show In Search now have an automatically generated Place Page that’s visible on the web, you can check them out and share them today! Places rated General will be visible to anyone, and those rated Mature or Adult will be subject to the usual Maturity controls.

We’re beta testing additional capabilities that will make Place Pages even better. Invited testers will have access to an admin panel that allows them to add a custom welcome message, place description, tag line, image, and video support to their place pages. That’s not all –  we’re working on other features like an events calendar, advertising parcels that are for sale/for rent, and more. Of course, all of the region/parcel stats like size, maturity rating, etc. will be available front and center too. After the testing period, we plan to roll these features out to everyone – so stay tuned!

For now, our beta is focused around customizing these pages, and planned future improvements include making sure these pages are optimized for search engines to be sure your inworld places can be easily found by people searching for relevant terms. Keep up with the most recent developments by checking out our public forum post on it. Thanks and enjoy!

If you have suggestions to improve Place Pages go to the Feedback forum thread here. It’s going to be interesting to see how Place Pages develops in the months ahead and there will be further  announcements on the official Second Life blog soon.

Looks very neat at first glance so far but I’m wondering what do you think of the new Place Pages ? Feel free to comment below. Thanks! 🙂

New Sansar Creator Preview Video Released


Today Linden Lab released a new Sansar Creator Preview video showing more impressive footage of Sansar featuring Loz Hyde of Meshworx fame who tells his story on the testing side of things in Sansar.  Loz has been working on a cool location called The Grand Hall and it looks incredible. The detail in Sansar in terms of the reflections, the effects and lighting looks really good so far.

The video runs for 1 minute and 33 seconds and it was filmed by Draxtor Despres. Stay tuned for more Sansar videos in the weeks/months ahead.

Loz mentioned in the video that Sansar rending is amazing and he thinks Sansar is very realistic. Loz goes on to say that in Sansar you will be able to create video games, he thinks that education & medical science is going to be amazing. If you want to build a business or build furniture you can do it like building a city from scratch. This sounds very interesting and exciting for those that can’t wait to get started.

Over 12, 000 creators have registered to access the platform and roughly 500-600 have been invited on the platform already. Sansar is due to launch to the public sometime during January 2017 if the all goes to plan. If you are interested you can still apply for the Creator Preview.

New Sansar Dollars

The Sansar currency is now in operation and according to Linden Lab the Sansar Dollar will have an exchange rate of 100 Sansar dollars to 1 US dollar. Creators will be able to buy and sell their creations with one another. See below for more info on the following links – pretty interesting reads there. 🙂

New 2017 articles on Sansar so far

First Second Life Grid Statistics Update For 2017


Weekly net change in number of regions since 3rd January 2016

On 2rd January 2017 Tyche Shepherd posted up the first grid statistics update for 2017 via the SLUniverse Forums. I was hoping for something more positive this year to reflect on.

Tyche mentioned in the forum thread that 2016 saw a slow decline in private estate regions in Second Life with surprising small growth for Linden Owned regions (+109 regions). The total net loss for 2016 was much higher than 2015 was in terms of net losses.

So another year gone and another year of a slow decline in private estate regions – total net loss for 2016 was 992 (5.6% down on the beginning of the year) – higher than 2015’s net loss of 825 regions(4.4% down). Overall the whole grid was down by 884 regions, the drop in private estates mitigated by a smaller growth in Linden Owned regions (+109 regions)

As you can see from the graph above for 2016 almost every week there were region losses with only a handful of weeks where there was small positive net growth for private estates. To be honest it was a bad year for region losses during 2016 and I really hope 2017 will not end the same way.

2015 vs 2016 Total Net Loss Comparison

Total net loss for 2016

  • 992 regions down
  • 5.6% down since the beginning of 2016

Total net loss for 2015

  • 825 regions down
  • 4.4% down since the beginning of 2015

2016 Vs 2017 Main Grid Regions Comparison

On 3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

As of 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

Sansar 2017 Impact

As many know already Sansar will open to the public sometime during January 2017 and the big question is will Sansar have any impact of the Second Life grid region numbers during 2017? or will it continue to go steady this year ?.

The lab needs to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening because 2016 saw a huge loss in regions. For many land pricing is one of the top concerns residents have right now.

I would love to know what you think about this in the comments section below.

My next update on Second Life statistics will be published in March 2017 and I will be keeping a closer on Sansar to see how that impacts the numbers in the weeks/months ahead.

Hopefully there will be more region growth in Second Life during 2017 and it will be great to see more great improvements made to Second Life to make it even better.

Useful Links To Keep Track of Second Life 2017 Statistics