T Linden announced this morning on the Official Second Life Blog that Viewer 2 is out of the beta period and that Viewer 2 is now the default download (viewer) for all users. On the SL Login Screen there is now a optional upgrade notice where you can download Viewer 2. Viewer 2 made it out of beta on time to meet with Q1 2010 deadline Linden Lab set earlier this year.
- Viewer 2 Public Beta was released on February 23rd 2010.
- Viewer 2 came out of beta on March 31st 2010
- Viewer 2.1 due out mid-summer
SL Login Screen: Viewer 2 Upgrade Message
There are new changes to the New Resident Experience today in Second Life including 94 Welcome Islands and 60 SL Discovery Islands. There are Welcome Island Public regions and SL Discovery Island Public regions for everybody to check out. New users will be rezzed at the new Welcome Island regions now when they sign up for Second Life via the sign-up page instead of landing at the old Help Islands.
Welcome Island Public
SL Discovery Island Public
- In April there will be more in-depth blog posts on New Resident Experience
- Expect Q1 SL Metrics to be published in early April 2010 by T Linden
- Next release of Viewer 2 expected mid summer of 2010
Recap of all the top SL stories and happenings this month. Happy Spring 2010!
In Real Life I turned out the lights and in Second Life this year I turned out the lights on Plurk, Twitter, my SL Netvibes. I even went dark inworld to add my bit for Earth Hour 2010, from 8:30pm till 9:30pm local time.
- In Second Life
- On SL Netvibes
- On Twitter
- More pics can be found here
Did you remember to turn out the lights during Earth Hour 2010?
27th March 2010
Jeska Linden announced this week that the Burning Life group will be holding an inworld celebration this weekend. This unique event will happen from Friday 26th till Sunday 28th of March 2010. Burning Life will celebrating its 8th year in Second Life this summer.
You’ll be able to dance to a wide variety of music by our communities’ talented singers, players, and DJs; catch the ChangHigh Trinity Sisters Fireshow; hang with the Lamplighters; join a drum circle; fling some things with the Spring Flinger; and of course, drag race some art cars.
Also for your amusement: a collection of the funniest port-a-potties you all made for last year’s event Plus a few new ones.
But most of all, just come and meet more fellow Burners. It’s time to start hatching plots for your 2010 theme camp or art project. You never know who you might meet to collaborate with!
Last year I attended the burning life regions for the first time and throught it was great fun. There was alot of tents, creative builds and other interesting things happening to celebrate during the event. I was a Burning Life stage manager last year to make sure performances ran alright and made sure no problems occurred during the set scheduled hours.
23rd March 2010 Update
Important information regarding your SLim beta account
Hello Daniel Voyager,
You are receiving this message because you participated in the Second Life SLim beta program.
The program has been a great success. Thousands of Residents have found the service useful on a regular basis, and we have learned a lot about some of the ways in which we can break down the walls of connection and communication across the virtual frontier.
We are writing to let you know that we have decided to end the SLim beta program, effective immediately, in order to channel our resources toward some of the promising new opportunities we discovered in the beta process. Stay tuned for those announcements, and in the meantime, please accept our sincere appreciation for your efforts. Your participation and perspective are what make Second Life such an amazing and always-changing experience.
For more information, please visit the SLim Wiki page.
The Second Life SLim beta team
This message appears in a yellow box when you visit About the SLim Client SL wiki page. Taka Linden created this Update message at the top of the page, so with that said that marks the end SLim beta service. I hardly ever used the service but I know many did and liked it for many reasons.
SL Wiki Update
SLim is no longer an active service. Its beta program began in September 2008 and ended in March 2010.
“We are writing to let you know that we have decided to end the SLim beta program, effective immediately, in order to channel our resources toward some of the promising new opportunities we discovered in the beta process. Stay tuned for those announcements, and in the meantime, please accept our sincere appreciation for your efforts. Your participation and perspective are what make Second Life such an amazing and always-changing experience.
The Second Life SLim beta team”
On Avatars United you can now verify your SL identities apparently. Linden Lab has been setting this verification system for some time now behind close doors but today its available for all. Linden Lab connected with Avatars United on January 29th 2010 and the site has attracted hundreds of SL residents over recent months.
- Log into your Avatars United Profile
- Click on Verify This Identity
- Brings up pop-up window saying:
Avatar Identity Verification
Avatars United now supports avatar identity verification for Second Life avatars. Only trust verified Second Life avatars.
- Click on Click here to verify this identity
- Log into your SL account
- Click on Verify
- Confirmation message will display in yellow box saying ID verification successful.
The identity of Daniel Voyager has been verified.
Nova Albion will be celebrating its 6th anniversary in Second Life this coming Saturday 20th March 2010 at 2 pm SLT.
Parade 2010 Map – Starting and finishing at Grignano
Calling All Ducks
- Follow the Nova Albion Twiter Feed
- 3 LIVE performers will entertain right after the parade from 3 to 6 pm SLT !!
- Come along and enjoy the fun!
The Pirate Air group in Second Life has announced that there are now 600 members in the group and growing strong weekly. Pirate Air is one of the biggest active airports in the community with ingoing and outgoing flights every day. There is a runaway, hangers, free planes, sitting areas and much more to explore when you arrive. If you join the group you will receive freebies and the very latest happenings from SL flying management team.
Pirate Air, is dedicated itself to flying and the skies of Second Life. Based at Honah Lee Surf Sim, our group meets Weds Evenings @ 2:00 PM SLT, and Sunday at 12:00 pm SLT. Our charter is simple – Fl, enjoy our aircraft, and build Camaraderie with fellow Aviators. Our Motto: No one left in the hangar. Join us !
Get your green on at St. Patrick’s Day 2010!
March 17th 2010 marks St Patrick’s Day 2010 in RL and in Second Life. Don’t forget to drop by and check out the following;
Check out my St Patrick’s Day photos from 2009.
New VWBPE Record Set
Marty Snowpaw, one of the many organizers of VWBPE 2010 said that “over 5, 000 avatars attended the two day event” between 12th-13th of March 2010. That means VWBPE 2010 set a brand new record. Marty Snowpaw also said “the conference is rolling a long with record breaking attendance”. VWBPE 2010 was a 48 hour in-world conference hosted at the VWBPE regions. VWBPE 2009 organizers announced last year that around 38, 00 unique with over 600 new avatars attended which set a new record. You can view the recorded videos of the conference, click here.
I couldn’t make it last year but I went along to the conference inworld this year and throught it was really interesting. I enjoyed listening to many presentations both inworld and on the live broadcast stream via VWBPE Live Media. The cyberland German Teen presentation, M Linden’s presentation and Viewer 2.0 presentation I found interesting.
Perhaps next year the conference could be for the whole weekend but I am sure there will be even more records set. Seeing future conferences in 3D in Second Life would be awesome to see. The organizers, presenters and volunteers etc did a great job this year and I would definitely go next year.