New Chalet Airstrip Discovered In Buffalo Springs


First Preview Of Buffalo Springs Airstrip

This week the Moles have added a brand new airstrip in the Buffalo Springs region which is located north of the Chalet regions in Second Life. The new airstrip is still under construction and should be finished within the next week or so. There is a rez zone for sailing and a hang out spot I think linked with the new airstrip. This airstrip shows up on the map now for reference.

The Bellisseria continent now has four airstrips to fly between which is really good news. Hopefully the Moles will add more airstrips in upcoming new Linden Home themes expected later in 2021/2022.

Come and fly around the Chalet regions and the Bellisseria continent.

New Second Life Logo Added On The Second Life Marketplace


New Second Life logo added top left

Recently Linden Lab have updated the Second Life Marketplace logo with the new blue Second Life web pages on it. Everyone should now be able to view the new blue logo and for those that still see the old logo it will update soon. It looks much better now compared with the old logo.

As many know already Linden Lab have rolling out the new blue Second Life logo to Second Life web pages since it was launched back in May 2020. The Second Life Wiki page still has the old Second Life logo on it and so does the Second Life web login page along with many other related web pages.

Old Second Life logo

It’s going to take some more time for the new logo to roll out as the lab are working on a number of projects behind the scenes.

Linden Lab rolls out new Last Names


On Monday 12th July Linden Lab announced more new Last Names on the Second Life official blog. These new Last Names will be available until mid-October 2021. Then some new Last Names will be removed and some will be added to the main pool of surnames. The lab plan on having some Halloween themed limited edition last names. It will be interesting to see what the lab comes with up for that.

The lab have removed some older Last Names and here are some of the new Last Names added…

  • Vanlager
  • Wainwright
  • Tater
  • Skydancer
  • Primless
  • Vermilion
  • Morningstar

Check out the full list below of current last names until mid-October 2021.

See here for the FAQ on changing your username in Second Life.

Second Life Grid Statistics – July 2021 Update


Second Life Main Grid Size

On Sunday 4th July 2021 the Second Life Grid Survey which tracks the economic metrics updated with last week’s main grid size stats. Since April 2021 Second Life is still showing positive grid growth mainly through private estates it appears. Roughly 400 new regions have been added since early April 2021 which is great news. Yay! 🙂

If the Second Life grid regions could reach 28, 000+ within the next few years it would go back to 2012/2013 levels where the main grid was bigger. It’s going to reach 27, 000 main grid regions within the next month or so if trends continue as they are.

Total Main Grid Regions Historical Stats

  • 26, 504 – 11th April 2021
  • 25, 160 – 7th June 2020
  • 24, 147 – 2nd June 2019
  • 23, 811 – 30th December 2018
  • 23, 332 – 31st December 2017
  • 24, 886 – 3rd January 2016
  • 25, 611 – 4th January 2015
  • 26, 227 – 5th January 2014
  • 28, 036 – 6th January 2013
  • 28, 254 – 10th December 2012

Linden owned regions have slightly dropped a little but I think this will increase again in months ahead with the expansion of the Bellisseria continent with the new release of the Fantasy Linden Homes sub continent expected before the end of the year. There could be another LH theme release happening but that’s still yet to be confirmed from the lab.

Stats Correct As of 4th July 2021

  • Total: 26, 946 – (up from 26, 504 on 11th April 2021)
  • Private Estates: 18, 316 – (up from 17, 864 on 11th April 2021)
  • Linden Owned: 8, 630 – (down from 8, 640 on 11th April 2021)
  • Total Area (KM): 1765.93 – (up from 1736.97 on 11th April 2021)

Breakdown of Ownership

  • General: 2, 645
  • Moderate: 16. 687
  • Adult: 7, 593

Private Estates Breakdown

  • General: 1, 080
  • Moderate: 10, 029
  • Adult: 7, 186

Linden Owned Breakdown

  • General: 1, 565
  • Moderate: 6, 658
  • Adult: 407

Second Life User Concurrency

Softhyena SL Stats website provides updated Second Life statistics on real time online users, the exchange rate and registered users (no longer available). The focus on this page is mainly the Second Life user concurrency which tracks the past 24 hours, past 60 days and the past year.

At the start of 2021 the daily Second Life user concurrency was doing alright averaging between 55, 000 to 57, 000 at peak. Since March 2021 the daily Second Life user concurrency has actually dropped slightly for whatever reason. We are now in the summer months so I would imagine this trend will continue until September 2021 roughly when more residents start logging into Second Life again as the autumn/winter kicks in.

So far in July 2021 the maximum daily concurrency is reaching around the 51, 000 mark going down to 29, 000 for the minimum daily concurrency average.

July 2021 Daily Concurrency Levels

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 47, 000 to 51, 000
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 38, 000 to 41, 000
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 29, 000 to 33, 000

Highest peak so far in 2021 was 57, 767 on 29th March 2021.  

Recap Of 2020

At the start of 2020 the daily average peak was around the 50, 000 mark. Between March 2020 and May 2020 the daily average maximum Second Life user concurrency stayed around the 60, 000 mark. From late May 2020 until January 2021 the daily maximum figure stayed around 52, 000 to 55, 000 at peak.

The highest 2020 peak was 60, 068 on 13th April 2020. During March & April 2020 the daily concurrency remained high.

Tyche Shepherd chart showing the Second Life concurrency figures from December 2009 to January 2020. As you can see the daily user concurrency peaked back in 2009 and has declined mostly since then which is a real shame. Hopefully the daily user concurrency will start going up soon.

  • December 2009: Max: 80, 000 / Median: 60, 000 / Minimum: 40, 000
  • July 2021: Max: 51, 000 / Median: 38, 000 / Minimum: 29, 000

I think if the daily user concurrency rises around the 55, 000 to 60, 000 mark later this year and then head upwards to 65, 000 in 2022 that would be good news.

Second Life Signups

As of mid June 2021 there are 70+ million total registered accounts for Second Life. This is the latest metric by Brett Linden which was mentioned during the Meet the Linden series at SL18B.

Second Life Website Traffic

Second Life Website Total Visits For June 2021

There are interesting stats from SimilarWeb which tracks website traffic along with Android and IOS apps stats across the globe. This is a useful website to see what’s going on with Secondlife.com and many other websites. According to the latest data the Second Life website gets over 10 million visits each month. In June 2021 total visits to the Second Life website have gone up slightly. Hopefully this upwards trend will continue for the rest of 2021.

Second Life website total visits over the years

  • June 2021: 11.28 million visits
  • February 2021: 9.44 million visits
  • December 2018: 21 million visits
  • December 2013: 16.5 million visits

Total visits to secondlife.com over the last 6 months

  • January 2021: 11, 800, 000
  • February 2021: 9, 800, 000
  • March 2021: 11, 400, 000
  • April 2021: 10, 700, 000
  • May 2021: 11, 000, 000
  • June 2021: 11, 300, 000

Most of the traffic to the Second Life website has come from the United States (50%) and the United Kingdom (5.97%) followed by Canada (5.15%) etc via Desktop.

More Second Life General Statistics

Second Life General Statistics / Metrics – Mid June 2021

  • Total registered accounts: 70+ million.
  • Average daily usage: Currently 200, 000 users across 200 countries.
  • GDP: Equivalent to US $600 million.
  • Creator cash-outs: Over $80 million in last 12 months.

Second Life Population Count – June 2021

  • Average daily concurrency averages 40, 000 with peak concurrency hitting 55, 000

My next Second Life Grid Statistics blog post will be published in October 2021.

Apple approves iOS version of the Second Life App


During this month’s Web User Group meeting hosted by Keira Linden there was more details given out about the status of the iOS version of the Second Life app. Linden Lab recently submitted a new version to Apple and it’s been finally been accepted by Apple after months of on-going issues to get it approved.

Keira Linden talks about this around the 10 minute mark onwards during the meeting which can be watched again in full below. The lab are focused on the iOS Second Life mobile app which will be a chat app mostly. It will be a good way of keeping touch with friends inworld without having to be logged into Second Life. The lab are still working on the Android version which is still in development.

The lab are working on a whole set of new features into it and soon it will be on the Apple Store. There are around 40-50 users that have the iOS version of the Second Life app and more wide spread testing is still needed yet.

Apparently those that use the iOS version of the Second Life app will be logged into new dedicated “SL Mobile” regions which will be primary be used for communications like IM/Group Chat. These SL Mobile regions will not be open to everyone unless they are using the SL Mobile app. Those that log into the SL Mobile regions won’t be able to see their avatar appearance and there won’t be local chat within regions as everything will be done via Direct IM at first. Over time more functionality like 3D view will be added way down the line on the roadmap and hopefully it will reach a point where most of the Second Life community can use it.

IOS SL Mobile App Status Check

  • 3D View – To be confirmed later down the road
  • Direct IM – Available (limited)
  • Localized Chat – Only Direct IM at this point in time
  • Inworld Presence – Available (limited)
  • Group Chat – Coming Soon (couple of releases down the track)
  • Notecards: Can’t see notecards or inventory
  • Search: Will be available
  • Chat Rooms – A certain amount of friends allowed in a room (being looked at)
  • List Of People In Region – Not available
  • User Concurrency: No numbers yet on concurrency users

There were many topics mentioned in this month’s meeting from marketplace improvements, the new user experience, search, last names and more. Here is a quick brief of the important new updates…

  • The new Welcome Islands are now undergoing A/B testing along with the existing Learning Islands / Social Islands. The Welcome Back Island is open for the public to look around.
  • A new Search project to do with functions may be released later in 2021 or 2022
  • The Premium SL Birthday themed Last Names will be removed soon and will be replaced with a new selection of Last Names in the next few weeks. There will be Halloween Last Names coming in the Autumn months.
  • As mentioned in this blog post the iOS version has been accepted by Apple
  • The lab have started work on updating the Second Life Marketplace with the new Second Life blue logo
  • The World API has been worked on to make it faster

The web user meeting runs for 1 hour.

The next Web User Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 2pm SLT over in the Denby region in Second Life.

Chalet Linden Homes Development Update – July 2021


Chalet sub continent – 5th July 2021

The Moles have been very busy in recent weeks building new Chalet Linden Homes and landscaping more of the Chalet sub continent which is apart of the Bellisseria continent. Good progress is being made through the middle central areas heading up north eastwards. Development mainly started in the Hydrant region at the start of June 2021 and now it’s reached the Brookside region. There is some work being made east of the Stilt regions which is due to be finished soon.

Brookside

Work will start soon in the Baylor Creek region which will head all the way up to the Carmine Sky region. More Chalet Linden Homes are expected to be built in the weeks ahead and the new extension of the new Chalet railway line. There is still loads to look forward to and more new areas will be added in the weeks ahead.

A closer view of new developments (colour squares = progress)

As many know there is a new airstrip that has been built recently in the Bergheim region which looks really nice now. There is a rez zone here to unpack your planes/aircraft.

Check it out today – SLURL > http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bergheim/161/125/23

New Rez Zones

I will blog again next month on the latest Chalet developments. Stay tuned for that.