On 20th November show 95 was aired of The Drax Files Radio Hour and you can listen to the show here. This week it’s all about the recent Lab Chat Q&A event featuring Ebbe Linden talking about Second Life and Project Sansar. It’s most interesting to hear what’s going on and I have to say great work to the team that made this happen. Great engaging conversation for sure! :)
There have been many bloggers that have already blogged about the first Lab Chat event and I recommend that you should check it them out.
Over 180 people attended the first ever Lab Chat Q&A session on Thursday 19th November in the LEA Theatre in Second Life with Saffia Widdershins and Jo Yardley featuring Ebbe Linden.
Sadly I missed it due to RL but from what I can gather the event went rather smoothly and everyone enjoyed it. I heard that Torley Linden, Pete Linden, Xiola Linden and Danger Linden attended the session.
There will be a transcript published soon along with the full video replay featuring Ebbe Linden talking about Second Life, the marketplace and Project Sansar. I believe there will be a second Lab Chat Q&A session soon.
If you attended the first Lab Chat Q&A what did you think of it all ?
Today Linden Lab announced that Second Life land setup fees have been reduced and is effective immediately. This is good news that Linden Lab have finally reduced the setup fee costs for Private Islands and it will be interesting to see whether or not Private Islands will start to increase again soon.
I do think this is a step in the right direction and I’m sure this will be most welcome news. Lowering the tier by a small amount would be a good move and i’m sure many would be happy about that. Will it happen in 2016 or 2017 ?
Here are the new reduced set-up fees:
Full Private Island – previously $1000, now $600
Developed Full Private Island – previously $1029, now $629
Homestead Private Island – previously $375, now $225
Developed Homestead Private Island – previously $395, now $250
Openspace Private Island – previously $250, now $150
Educational and nonprofit organizations will still continue to receive a 50% discount off the set up fee along with the 50% off ongoing maintenance fees. The lab mentions that “If you have paid a region set-up fee in the past 14 days, you will receive the difference in fees back as a credit (in US Dollars) to your account balance”.
Transferring Regions with Grandfathered Pricing
Effective immediately, both Grandfathered Full Private Island regions ($195/month) and Grandfathered Homestead Private Island regions ($95/month) may be transferred to new owners without losing the discounted pricing. However, the one-time fee for transferring grandfathered regions will be higher than the usual transfer fee, as follows:
Transfer of a Full Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $600/each
Transfer of a Homestead Island, maintaining grandfathered pricing: $300/each
The standard fee will still apply to all other region transfers, as well as if you choose to give up grandfathered pricing when transferring a previously grandfathered region.
The first episode of Lab Chat will start at 10.30am SLT/PDT at the LEA Theatre on Thursday 19th November 2015. The show will be recorded to watch later just in case you miss it. In the past week or so questions have been submitted to the Lab Chat team relating to Second Life, Marketplace and Sansar.
Spread the word about Lab Chat and don’t forget to arrive early to get a seat.
The wait is almost over for the first episode of Lab Chat!
On 11th November Linden Lab announced Marketplace Search Beta with improved relevance of search results and more. The lab is working on an important feature that will let you exclude keynotes when searching.
Here is the lab announcement on the Marketplace Search Beta…
We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta. We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results – making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace – and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips. We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search – but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!
Bugs & Issues
If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the SLM Beta Search component. For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!
There is a special forum thread set up to add your questions. Get your questions into the thread no later than Friday 13th November 2015.
The event will be recorded and will be archived after the show ends. The Lab Chat production team will pick selected questions from the forum thread to ask Ebbe Linden. Hopefully there will be time for audience questions near the end of the event.
Meet the Lindens series and VWBPE Linden keynote talks have worked really well this year and I enjoyed watching them. I hope the new Lab Chat will work out well and hopefully there will be more Lab Chats in the months ahead.
Overall Second Life is still a huge virtual world today and it’s been a success after 12 years. Second Life is going to be around for many more years to come. There needs to be more interest and lowering the tier may help.
As of 8th November 2015
Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 985
Private Estates: 17, 888
Linden Owned: 7, 097
The year to date private estate losses now stands at 712 = (3.8% down on last year).
The graph below shows the weekly net change in the number of private estate regions since 28th December 2014. As we look at 2015 there have been some signs of growth however it’s mostly been declining throughout the year.
Do you think the decline will continue during 2016 ?