Here are links of some of the popular events and stories during January 2010 around the Second Life community. What are you going to remember most about January 2010 in SL/RL ?
Big RL news this month
- Heavy snow in UK
- Haiti earthquake
- Firefox 3.6 was released
- Announcement of iPad
- AVATAR in 3D best ever
- Andy Murray Loses Final
Its been a very interesting and busy month again. In February 2010 we can look forward to SL Valentines Day 2010, Linden Homes launch, SL Pro conference, more updates on viewer 2, RFL2010, machinima international festival 2010 and more interesting stuff. I will try and blog about it all on my blog next month. Follow me on Plurk, Twitter and Facebook for the latest SL news. 😀
Relay For Life 2010 (sixth) will be back this year on July 17th-18th in Second Life. Registration opens on February 1st 2010. Relay For Life theme for this year is “Wishing On A Cure” and you register your team here: http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/slregistration.
About Relay For Life of Second Life
Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) is a division of Relay For Life in an online virtual world. Relay For Life teams fundraise from mid-March through mid-July. On July 17 and 18 we will walk a track for 24 hours, just like in a real world Relay For Life. Team members build and gather at their team campsites, enjoy live music, participate in fun events, and explore the many Relay sims and the incredible builds by some of Second Life’s top designers, as the event runs overnight and into the next morning.
Upcoming Shedule – Note these dates
- Feb 1st, 2010 — Teams registration opens!
- Feb 12th-13th — Information sessions from 6am-4pm
- March 13th, 2010 — Kick-off Party
- July 17th-18th, 2010 — Go Relay!
Relay For Life 2009
- “One World, One Hope”
- July 18th-19th 2009
- 37 sims
- Over 120 teams participanted
- Over 2, 000 avatar participants
- 26 countries held over 300 team fundrasing events
- Raised more than US$275,000
M Linden today announced on the official Second Life Blog that Avatars United is now part of Linden Lab. This is an interesting move by Linden Lab into connecting avatars together. What do you think?
Web-based community connection
To help us do all this, we’re excited to announce an acquisition we’ve just made that will soon start to give Residents new and better ways to connect with each other and with the rest of the world: Enemy Unknown AB is a Swedish company that runs Avatars United, a Web-based community site designed especially for avatars. We’re proud to announce that they are now part of Linden Lab.
What does Avatars United do?
Avatars United lets you make some of those connections that I’m talking about above. It’s a great site. Check it out and add me, T Linden, and others to your friend list. As you do, you’ll start to build an activity feed (similar to Facebook or Twitter) that keeps you in closer touch with the people you’re connected to in Second Life. This is one of the most exciting things about the acquisition, this ability to reach my friends more easily, with more interesting information (and photos!), and in a more meaningful way. As we go, we’ll be adding to these capabilities — and because Avatars United provides developer APIs, anyone else can add to these capabilites as well.
Linden Lab Priorities 2010
One of our priorities this year (and there are many, from making the experience more intuitive to reducing Lag), is to give Residents new and better ways to connect and share, through features like the following:
- Searchable profiles
- Friend and activity feeds
- Widgets and viral content
- Optional registration and sign-in using credentials from other properties (Facebook, Yahoo!, etc.)
- APIs that enable developers to create widgets, tools, and sites pulling from selected SL data feeds
On Saturday 20th February 2010 at 1pm PDT there will be a machinima international festival in Second Life. This is an annual global gathering of machinimathographers organized by MMIF.
You can find out more information here.
Over the past few months and recent weeks I have been collecting useful Second Life links to put up on my SL Feeds 2010 (netvibes site). There are 15 tabs at the moment with more new tabs being added in the near future to keep you updated around the clock on all things SL. I recommend you bookmark my DV SL Feeds pages and check back for the latest. 😀
My SL Feeds aims to bring you the latest news first. Each box you can view and get the latest RSS Feeds so you will never miss a thing. I recommend you check out Netvibes Official Homepage and perhaps create your own netvibes pages for Second Life or perhaps for Real Life.
Recent New tabs
Current Tabs: SL News, SL Tweets, SL Blogs, SL Shopping, SL Fashion, SL Newbies, Virtual Worlds, SL Education, SL Videos, SL TV, SL Pics, DV, TSL and RL!
Enjoy and if you have any questions about my SL Feeds 2010 then CONTACT ME. Feel free to suggest a link or improvement and I will see what I can do!
It’s 2010 and Metanomics new spring season begins
New 2010 Season
Metanomics new spring season 2010 starts at 12pm PST on Wednesday 27th, hosted by Robert Bloomfield. Robert will be interviewing Douglas Rushkoff, writer of Frontline’s Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier. MORE INFO < New show information and trailer
Last year I loved attending Metanomics weekly shows because I found it really interesting and its all LIVE. I am really excited about what 2010 has in store for Metanomics during 2010. If you are new to attending these live events I recommend you come along to these weekly showings. Spread the word!
Metanomics® explores the serious uses of virtual worlds. Metanomics is a passionate community with an interest in understanding the evolving use of virtual world technologies.
We are best known for our weekly show which is broadcast before a live “studio audience” and on the Web. The show is broadcast Wednesdays at 12:00 pm Pacific Time and is then archived on this Web site and at Treet.TV, our production partner.
Since 2007, Metanomics has been at the center of our understanding of the serious uses of virtual worlds. Spanning over 80 episodes, host Robert Bloomfield has interviewed leading figures in enterprise, education and new media in an effort to bring more understanding to virtual spaces.
UPDATE: Howard Linden this week has published new progress updates about the new Viewer 2 Public Beta on the Official Second Life Blog. Viewer 2 should be out for public beta testing during February / March 2010. Viewer 2009 has now been renamed to Viewer 2 for 2010 (2.1 due mid 2010) perhaps. Linden Lab will post more details I would Imagine near to the time of release. 2010 looks to be exciting and we will have to see what happens.
Viewer 2 Key Points
The new Viewer 2
A project the size of Viewer 2 (as it’s now called) is a new thing for us at the Lab. We’ve not done much at this scale before and we’ve made some substantial changes to how we work in order to pull it off. Here’s a bit of the back story on what we’ve been up to and what’s coming soon.
Current and New Users
Over 50% of new Residents who register and download the Second Life viewer log in once and never come back a second time. We’ve made it way too hard for a new user to absorb all the wonderfulness that is Second Life.
With Viewer 2, our revamped web site, a new Orientation Island and much more, we’ve taken a step back and tried to create an end-to-end experience that will be much more compelling and relevant for a new Resident.
When Viewer 2 ships, some current Residents will find it frustrating. While we have kept almost all existing functionality, the UI has changed dramatically. It looks different. Menus have moved. There are new ways of interacting and communicating. If you’ve come to know and love the existing user interface, it may be a challenging transition.
1.23 will be around until 30 days after we ship Viewer 2.1 (our first update to the new viewer), about a quarter after delivery of Viewer 2. Viewer 2 will be released to open source. We’ve got a bit of work to do to rebase Snowglobe off of the Viewer 2 code base and merge in Snowglobe changes, but we’re on it.
Viewer 2 shedule
Viewer 2 and will be pulling the covers off very soon — we hope in February. Watch this blog for an announcement. Of course, Viewer 2 is just the beginning, not the end. There is much more to do. Our plan is for Viewers 2.1 and 2.2 to follow along in much shorter order than it took to get Viewer 2 out the door. We’re currently targeting quarterly high-quality releases, and with the changes we’ve made to how we build software, we’ve got a very good shot of achieving that goal.
T Linden has just published 2009 End of Year Second Life Economy Wrap up (including Q4 Economy in Detail) post. The Q3 sl metrics was published back in November 2009. Interesting set of results for Q4 SL Metrics and you can give LL feedback on the SL Blog, SL Forums or inworld.
Highlights for December 2009
- User-to-User transactions reached US$567 million in 2009, up 65% from 2008
- User-to-User tranasactions on Xstreet SL totaled L$1.6 billion in 2009, up 74% from 2008
- Trading activity on the LindeX reached US$115 million
- User hours reached 481 million in 2009
- Monthly Unique Residents with repeat logins peaked at 769,000 in December 2009
- Resident-owned land expanded to reach 1.85 billion square meters in December 2009
Highlights for Q4 of 2009
- Monthly Unique Residents with repeat logins reached 769,000 in December
- User-to-User Transactions peak at US$153 million, up 53% from Q3 2008
- Total Xstreet SL sales reach a new all time high in Q4 2009
- User hours reached 113 million in Q4 2009
- Second Life Residents use 3.1 billion voice minutes in Q4 2009
- A solid Q4 and 2009 for Residents, and for Linden Lab
- Homesteads advance in Q4, Full regions maintain, and Open Spaces decline.
- Resident-owned land expands to reach 1.85 billion square meters in December 2009
- Trading Activity on the LindeX
Check out my SL Metrics page for more interesting data
Touch Life – IPhone Client & IPod Touch For Second Life
- See Friends Online
- Chat & Instant Messaging
- World Map
- Profiles, Payments
- And more
Sparkle IM – Second Life on the IPhone & IPod Touch – Developed by Genkii
- User Search
- Send TP requests
- Region chat
- User profiles
- Send and recieve IMs
- And more
AjaxLife – Web-based Second Life viewer (Touch Life, IPod Touch) – Created by Katharine Berry
- Mini-map / SL Map
- Friend notifications
- Local chat and IM
- Accept / decline teleport offers
- Web browser
- And more
Know of any other IPhone Apps for Second Life ? Which is your favourite?
Make a comment and I will add it above! 😀
Enjoy SL Iphone Lovers! 🙂
M Linden commented today on the unofficial Second Life Effects blog talking about Viewer 2.0. The new Second Life viewer 2.0 will be out in “public beta soon” which is a “enormously complex redesign effort” by Linden Lab. M Linden says “there is still work to do, but it is a big step forward”. Then he finishes his comment with “Soon we’ll have Viewer 2.0 out. By mid year you’ll see a materially improved “first hour” experience for new Residents”. We are going for “Delight.” 🙂
From the latest I have been hearing viewer 2.0 should be released in the first quarter of 2010 and there will be new details soon released on the official second life blog shortly. I have created a new section on my SL Wiki userpage called Viewer 2.0 Updates so you may be interested in checking that out. When more information comes out I will publish it here on my blog.
Great post ArminasX! The first thing I did when I joined the Lab was to count the top-level menu items. I came up with a similar figure. In Viewer 2.0, I can tell you that the top level menus will have a fraction of the menu items you’ll find in 1.23…even fewer than Firefox (according to my quick tally)!
We are not eliminating functionality, but we are re-organizing it. The menus in 1.23 are a bit like a game of “Find the thing that doesn’t belong.” Here’s one…in the View menu (arguably the worst) you have a cluster that includes Local Chat, Communicate, Inventory, Active Speakers, Mute List. What is Inventory doing in that cluster? You got me.
Communicate controls are found in three different menu areas in 1.23 and some choices are duplicated.
This is an enormously complex redesign effort. The new viewer — which will be out in public beta soon — is the first major step in the journey to a natural and intuitive experience.
We’re reorganizing and in doing so simplifying. I don’t see it as dumbing down. In fact, I think we are doing the opposite. We are letting good and smart interface design do some of the hard work Residents have had to do to climb the learning curve in the past. The learning curve in SL is too steep today. It is a barrier to creativity and innovation. Imagine the great creative spirits we’ve lost because they were stymied by the interface in their first days/weeks/months.
I use Viewer 2.0 now and the transition was easy. Most everything is there and it’s where you’d intuitively expect it to be. It’s not perfect, and there is still work to do, but it is a big step forward.
Soon we’ll have Viewer 2.0 out. By mid year you’ll see a materially improved “first hour” experience for new Residents. We are going for “Delight.” 🙂
Happy New Year!