Rod Humble talks about virtual goods and more during Bloomberg interview

Rod Humble (Rodvik Linden) talked about virtual goods, online communities and the current financial position at Linden Lab. Rod mentioned Second Life many times during the during 3 minutes and 57 seconds Bloomberg interview on 29th June 2011.

Watch interview here

Key points during the interview…

  • Second Life is really a shared creativity tool – online communities – creativity are the magic
  • Rod talked about selling a virtual chair
  • Rod mentioned “poetry and music communities”
  • Virtual goods – “last quarter was our most successful quarter ever”
  • “Second Life is 8 years old”
  • “Joined the company in January” – “wonderful tool set”
  • Focus – “Easier to get into the product”
  • “We’re not looking for any further investment right now”
  • “We’re profitable, we’ve got a very good cash balance”
  • “16, 000 people signing up everyday”
  • No IPO for Linden Lab

Rod mentioned a lot of good positive things about Second Life & Linden Lab during the interview which I thought was really encouraging and interesting. Rod mentioning that “We’re profitable, we’ve got a very good cash balance” are healthy signs indeed. Sounds good right?

I think the SL community are starting to believe and are liking Rod Humble for the direction he is talking Second Life in now. With mesh starting to rollout next month and a possible mobile tablet in the pipeline. These are very exciting times I think.

Let’s hope the trend will continue during the rest of 2011 and into 2012.


Upcoming SL events during July 2011

Now entering into the summer season in Second Life…
Check out the featured events on the Second Life Destination Guide for more exciting SL events. If you know of any big SL events during July 2011 then feel free to write a comment below. Thanks!

Popular SL news during June 2011

This is the June 2011 edition of popular Second Life news with links and dates below. Previous SL monthly recaps here.

New SL avatars in the library

Linden Lab have added a new selection of SL avatars into the library folder it seems. There’s new smart looking robots and animals now under Library > Clothing > Initial Outfits. When I first joined Second Life back in October 2006 there wasn’t much in the Library folder. Today there’s more choice for new residents coming into Second Life which is great.

  • 12 new robot avatars – Renn Yifu
  • 12 new animal avatars – Damien Fate

Linden Lab plans to make these new sl avatars in the new resident registration flow soon.

Anyway, yeah, we plan to make these available in the registration flow and avatar selector so all new Resis will have the choice of being a windup robot, scampering freely on all fours, etc.

These aren’t all, stay tuned for more surprises…

Wearing them…

  • Click on the outfit folder you would like then drag the folder onto your avatar to wear. 

Here’s a snapshot of Robot Avatar PD.

Here’s a snapshot of Robot Avatar Titan.

Here’s a snapshot of Robot Avatar Key


Second Physics special event at SL8B on 1st July 2011

Second Physics, founded by Talete Flanagan, is an Italian italian non-profit group for the popularization of science in Second Life. On Friday 1st July they will hosting a special event at their exhibit in SL8B Magnificent starting at 1:30pm SLT. Sounds interesting and worth attending to check it out.

Since 2009 Second Physics has organized Scienza on the Road, in collaboration with Immersiva.2life, Italian group for the popularization of culture and art. Scienza on the Road brings science in the Italian lands, and also into the English-speaking ones starting from this year. Physicists, teachers and experts hold conversations on a number of scientific subjects, with the use of captivating interactive tools – sculptures, fractals, atomic models, optical illusions, and the active participation of the audience. Thanks to its touring structure, the project can reach a varied audience in the lands where they usually hang out and a greater number of people, in comparison to any other residential activity. A number of disciplines have been dealt with so far: Sub-nuclear physics, High Energy Physics, Mathematics, Acoustics, Optics, Astronomy, the History of Electricity, Neurology, Medicine, Age Setting of Cultural Goods, Emotional Economy, Science and scientific fiction, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Cyberscience, Computer Science, Music and Mathematics, Molecular Biology… to be continued…
The conversations are in Italian voice and English text chat.

The SL8B sims will be closed on 2nd July 2011 (11:59pm). Last week for exploring and snapshots of SL8B. Linden Lab will be releasing the SL8B statistics in the first week of July 2011. Yay!

If you know of any other special events at SL8B this week, feel free to contact me. 🙂

Visiting Azizi, the Duran Duran universe in Second Life

After hearing about the opening of Duran Duran sim in Second Life recently, today I finally went to visit the attraction. According to Tateru Nino recent blog post “(Duran Duran Universe/DDU) has attracted just 165 unique visitors. That’s one in ten-thousandactive Second Life users”. As many know already Duran Duran made a promise to have a inworld presence in Second Life back in 2006.

It’s great that they now have a presence in Second Life in 2011 and lets hope it will continue for years to come. I think this is very good news for the SL community because many have waited a long time for this to happen inworld. It’s a really nice sim with lots to explore and do over there.

Duran Duran opened on 15th June 2011.

On 16th June 2011 there was a press release from the Duran Dduran website.

The Duran Duran Universe is just about ready to open! Debuting on June 22nd, the DDU will soon be unveiled for ALL to see. If you haven’t yet registered on Second Life, and would like to take a look around, you can visit SECOND LIFE and get yourself acquainted with every thing before the DD world officially opens its doors.

We have a welcome message from Chrissy, the DDU community manager who keeps everything running smoothly. We are all excited to see you (in avatar form, of course) in the DD Virtual World !

Dear Duran Duran fans and Second Life visitors!

The Duran Duran Universe – the permanent virtual residence of and by the band Duran Duran in Second Life – will soon open its gates.

I am so very thrilled about it that I can hardly find any words. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to be the proud witness to the birth of a magic masterminds brainchild and I feel even more honoured to now share this amazingly beautiful wonderland with you.

From the top of the lipstick tower high in the Azizi sky to the underwater UFO Club in the Sanhedralite sea the Duran Duran Universe is packed full of wonderful artistic treasures, interactive features, innovative multimedia and exciting events and games. All carefully chosen by the band members as part of their motto: “designed to make people party!”

I am looking forward to welcoming you all personally in the DDU – join the adventure and meet me there!

Chrissy Welinder
DDU Community Manager

Latest update published by Katy on 22nd June 2011 called A blog from Katy. This blog post talks about the four islands and how amazing they are all. 

Visit Duran Duran official island

Visit Duran Duran Universe, the official Second Life presence of the popular band. From the top of the lipstick tower high in the Azizi sky to the underwater UFO Club in the Sanhedralite sea, the Duran Duran Universe is packed full of wonderful artistic treasures, interactive features, innovative multimedia and exciting events and games.

Second Life Birthday statistics so far

Check out the Second Life birthday statistics from SL4B to SL10B. I will add SL11B at the end of the birthday celebrations.

SL11B Stats

  • Coming Soon

SL10B Stats

  • SL10B Regions: 22
  • SL10B Exhibitor plots: 375
  • SL10B Event Duration: 14 days
  • SL10B Blog Stats: 110, 965+ views so far
  • SL10B Stages: 
  • 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

SL9B Stats 

  • Total number of SL9B visitors: (waiting for stats)
  • SL9B Regions: 20
  • SL9B Applications: Over 450+ applications
  • SL9B Stages: 5
  • SL9B Exhibits: 357
  • SL9B Opening: 300+ visitors during the first hour
  • SL9B Linden Guests: Amber Linden, Lexie Linden, Tommy Linden, Viale Linden, Brett Linden, Theresa Linden and Philip Linden
  • SL9B Greeters: 113
  • SL9B Exhibitor members: 1, 187
  • SL9B Performers and DJs: 318
  • SL9B Press: 66
  • SL9B Blog Stats: 69,000+ hits since May 27th 2012 + (5, 089 views – busiest day on 18th June 2012)
  • SL9B Flickr Stats: 1,239 photos | 156 members
  • SL9B Pods: 18+
  • SL9B Event Duration: 11 days

SL8B Stats 

  • SL8B Sims: 21 regions
  • SL8B Stages: 5
  • SL8B Greeters members: 118
  • SL8B Exhibitor members: 1, 104
  • SL8B Birthday group members: 908
  • Exhibits: Over 300 with 700 people building them
  • Performers: Over 300 live performers
  • Linden Guests: Kim Linden, Rodvik Linden, Esbee Linden, Lexie Linden, Ringo Linden, Michael Linden, Esbee Linden and Torley Linden
  • Prim limit: 234 prims
  • Maturity ratings: General
  • Pod tour duration: 30 minutes

SL7B Stats

  • Sims: 21
  • Parcels used by residents: Over 300
  • Builders: 750+
  • Performers: 250+
  • Linden Guests: Philip Linden & M Linden
  • Volunteers: 100+
  • Performance hours: Over 450
  • Stages: 5
  • Total prims over: 100, 000
  • Active TRAMs: 169
  • Total Rezzed: 3, 317
  • Time Elapsed: 2280:42:09 (hh:mm:ss)
  • Total Passengers: 2, 774

SL6B Stats

  • Resident Staff: 50+
  • Sims: 20
  • Mentor/Greeters: 68
  • Exhibitors: 300+
  • People who helped build those exhibits: 899
  • Futurist & Android Stage DJs: 103
  • Main Stage Live Musicians: 100+
  • Regions: 20 (plus one from the Teen Grid)
  • Scheduled Events: 815
  • Unique visitors: 17,712
  • Hours spent: 23,662
  • Countries represented: 140
  • Advertising kiosks placed: 698
  • Event calendar page views: 23, 260
  • People who caught alien gift thieves: Only 94!
  • Most aliens caught by one person: 139
  • If anyone knows stats for SL5B – feel free to comment below!
  • Sims: 20
  • Peak attendance was 350 during the opening  (record turnout)
  • Sims: 9
  • Around 38,000 unique visitors turned up

SL8B week 1 highlights

Wow, what a fun packed week it’s been at Second Life’s 8th birthday celebrations. The SL8B sims are open until 2nd July 2011 so there’s still time to explore the exhibits at SL8B. There should be less lag next week and it should be quieter.

I have enjoyed exploring the wonderful magic builds at the 21 SL8B sims and the live music events as well.  I have enjoyed greeting and stage managing this year. From what I could tell this year there’s been a lot of coverage of SL8B on SL resident blogs, Twitter, Plurk and Flickr. So far I have captured many amazing SL8B snapshots (395) so far this year with more to come next week at SL8B.  That’s more than in previous birthday events in Second Life.

I’m trying to find out the latest SL8B stats for this year and when I know I will publish them.

My SL8B blog coverage from week 1…

What are your throughts of SL8B ? – feel free to comment below!

SL8B BURN2 festival 2011 presentation

MC, DM, Ladyslipper Constantine & Honour McMilan gave a hour long presentation during Saturday afternoon at the SL8B Auditorium about the upcoming BURN2 festivial 2011 happening in October. Join the Burn2.0 group for the latest news updates and be part of the celebrations this year. There are now 97 days left and counting until the BURN starts.

BURN2 Details

  • BURN2 this year will start on 1st October and will run through until 9th October 2011
  • Burn2 will be moderate maturity this year & there may be a General sim and a kids’ camp
  • There will be 20 lottery camps available this year
  • 24/7 entertainment 😀
  • There will be art car vehicle races, cruise-ins, and an Art Car Retrospective showcasing some of the incredible vehicles created for past Burns
  • BURN2 is self funded and the core will be 8 sims at $2000 each
  • BURN2 team are hoping for sim donations to get up to 18 or more
I will be blogging about BURN2 2011 more in the coming months.