Rodvik Linden mentioned yesterday (31st January) on his SL online web profile that progress is being made for last names to return to Second Life. Rodvik hopes to have a baked plan ready on last names sometime during February 2012 which will be interesting to see how that works. Hours later there were hundreds of comments on Rodvik’s SL web profile which was strange because normally that amount would be normally seen on the SL official blogs. Here is the update posted up by Rodvik…
Quick update on last names. Just fyi the team here has been working on solutions for this and it is taking longer than we thought. identity is important so we want the ability to have that wonderful shared experience the old last name system had but also not lose sight of the fact that many people really do not want a name given to them, they want freedom to define their identity, finally we want to consider adding meaningful things like titles etc that can be awarded by the community or some other methods. Anyway bit more complicated than initially thought but progress is being made. Will have a baked plan sometime in February we think.
Thanks for the update Rodvik!
This snapshot shows the current Second Life username system when joining Second Life for the first time.
This snapshot shows the old last names system for Second Life.
I am a supporter of bringing back last names so that it replaces the Resident part when joining Second Life. SL users need more choice when joining I think like before when SL users could pick a first name and last name. This makes the experience creative and unique to everyone. This new last names system needs to be done as fast as possible.
There has been and will continue to be big support for SL last names I think. The Bringing Back Last Names JIRA saw over (2370) votes with (733) watching the progress being made since Mid July 2011. Hopefully we will see a return either this month or next month at the latest because that would be awesome. 🙂