Update To Traditional Linden Homes


On Tuesday 22nd November Patch Linden officially announced the long awaited update to the Traditional Linden Homes. For those that live in the Bellisseria continent with Traditional Linden Homes you will notice new features and new options. From the new custom color tinting system, special number signs, revamped Chippewa Junction and more.

It’s great to see the lab rolling this update out finally. Yay! 🙂

What’s New ?

  • “Each of the 4 original home styles will have an open plan version selectable from the mailbox house controller menu. Not only that, but ALL of the traditional homes will now have a custom color tinting system for interior walls similar to other themes. As an extra bonus, the house controller has an option for having the Linden Homes security system sent directly to you rather than being part of the content pack”.
  • “We are adding special house number signs to the content pack. Just rez them out and place them around your doorway for your own house number!”
  • “We are ALSO debuting a revamped Chippewa Junction as our Traditional themed Community Region. Located on the main hub of the Bellisseria Railroad, Chippewa Junction Town Hall features reservable spaces for conferences, meetings, garden parties and even weddings!”

Here Is The Summary Of The New Features

  • “A brand new traditional community region featuring usable wedding, party, meeting and conference spaces”.
  • “New open plan designs for each Traditional home”.
  • “Original and new open plan house models upgraded with a custom tinting system, controlled via the house control panel”.
  • “House controllers have now been updated to use common communications protocols with the rezzer and with houses on the parcels with which they are associated, so that all themes (except Fantasy) may safely be mixed and matched”. 
  • “House Controllers now have an additional menu item for the Security Orb, so residents can have that delivered individually rather than as part of the Content Creation Pack”. 
  • “Traditional House Controllers now have four new menu items for the new houses in each theme”.
  • “Now all House Controllers give details of the theme, name of last house rezzed and parcel centre in their description field”.
  • “House number sign addition to the content pack”.

What do you think of this new update to Traditional Linden Homes ?

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Sign Up For The Second Life Weekly Email Newsletter


On Wednesday 16th November Linden Lab announced news about the Second Life Weekly Newsletter for the latest Second Life breaking news, events, videos and exclusive virtual experiences delivered directly to your email inbox. It takes only a few seconds or so to subscribe. Once signed up you will see the “Success! You’ve been added to the audience” message.

It’s a good way to keep informed on what’s going on from the lab. There are many Second Life bloggers that cover the news and I have listed some in my blogroll on the right hand side.

Here is the full blog announcement about the weekly email newsletters.

Are you looking for a way to stay informed about all the latest destinations and events happening on the grid? Do you want Second Life breaking news delivered directly to your inbox? Signup for our Second Life Weekly Email Newsletter! 

For a while now we’ve been sending a weekly email to a small group of our most active Residents and the clicks show that many of you enjoy receiving these exclusive updates directly in your inbox. If you have not been receiving these weekly emails from us, now is your chance to sign up for them! You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of any email.

Our newsletters usually include some of our latest videos of the week along with links to different events or destinations and an image from one of our Residents that is selected as the Fresh Look of the week!

For a chance to have your Destination featured, submit it to the Second Life Destination Guide.

For a chance to be featured in Fresh Looks, submit your image to the Official Second Life Flickr Group! Did you know we just hit ONE MILLION IMAGES AND VIDEOS in the group? All submitted by our wonderfully creative Residents!

Email isn’t the only way you can stay on top of all of our latest news. You can also follow us on various social networks along with keeping an eye on our community blogs.

Will you be signing up for the weekly newsletter ?

SL Christmas Expo 2022 Is Fast Approaching


The 12th annual Second Life Christmas Expo for 2022 will open to the public next week on Friday 2nd December through until Sunday 11th December 2022. The SL Christmas Expo 2022 theme is The Magic of Holiday Stories.

The SL Christmas Expo regions have arrived on the grid and now work is underway to get them ready for the big grand opening next week. The SL Christmas Expo is spread across 12 regions (Chapters – different holiday story) featuring more than 150 shops and more.

There will be live entertainment, live performances, special hunts, decoration competitions, photos with Santa and much more. The return of Linden Lights of Hope region showcasing Linden Homes from Linden Lab. There could new details announced about the next Linden Home theme during the expo.

SL Christmas Expo 2022 Regions

Please spread the word about next week’s SL Christmas Expo 2022.

Second Life Grid Statistics – November 2022 Update


Here are the latest Second Life grid statistics as of Sunday 13th November 2022. Here is a brief current snapshot of the key statistics such as Second Life region totals, the daily user concurrency levels, total Second Life registered accounts and traffic stats via the Second Life website.

Second Life Regions – As of 13th November

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 27, 466
  • Private Estates: 18, 198
  • Linden Owned Region: 9, 268
  • Total Area: 1800.01 KM

In the last week or so Private Estates have risen by 30 regions which is very good news. Linden Owned regions have remained the same amount for the moment. It’s good to see positive net growth again after weeks of a small decline.

Hopefully these positive net growth gains will continue for the rest of 2022 into 2023. Times will get tough in terms of RL costings (inflation etc) so it may have a impact on Second Life during the next 3-6 months.

Second Life User Daily Concurrency – As of 13th November.

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 51, 000 (average)
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 41, 000 (average)
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 32, 000 (average)

The Second Life user daily concurrency has remained stable during the past few weeks with no major changes or major outages to report on.

  • 55, 737 was the highest peak for Maximum Daily Concurrency – 5th February 2022

Between January 2022 to March 2022 the daily maximum average was upto around 55, 000 at peak times. From April 2022 to May 2022 the maximum dropped slightly to 53, 000 then remained around the 51, 000 mark for the rest of 2022.

My prediction is that the Second Life daily user concurrency will most probably rise slightly between 52, 000 to 54, 000 during the winter months until spring 2023. In previous years it’s gone on a similar seasonal pattern.

Total Second Life Registered Accounts – As of 13th November

  • Total Residents: 66, 978, 584

Back in early April 2022 the count was 66, 568, 939 for total Second Life registered accounts. Since then it’s gone up by at least 400, 000+ new accounts for Second Life. It won’t be long until it reaches 67, 000, 000 total registered accounts for Second Life.

Back in mid March 2022 the count was 66, 531, 981 when the data returned after two years. Back in mid-late October 2020 the count was 64, 687, 961 (the last reading pre cut off). Overall since October 2020 there has been roughly two million newly registered accounts.

Second Life Website Traffic – As of October 2022

  • January 2022: 11.4 million visit
  • February 2022: 10.3 million visits
  • March 2022: 10.8 million visits
  • April 2022: 10.7 million visit
  • May 2022: 10.6 million visits
  • June 2022: 10.2 million visits
  • July 2022: 10.4 million visit
  • August 2022: 10.3 million visits
  • September 2022: 9.6 million visits
  • October 2022: 10.4 million visits

For the past 10 months of 2022 it seems like the Second Life website receives at least 10 million monthly visits on average. I think this trend will likely continue way into 2023 and more with more new improvements to the platform.

2023 – the road ahead

I think 2023 will challenging for many dealing with the cost of living like energy prices, higher inflation levels, possible recession on the horizon and other factors.

It’s possible that private regions may drop into a medium-large decline during 2023 but hopefully these will be short term. It will be nice to see positive net growth next year.

The factors listed above may have a small or big impact on the overall grid numbers going into Second Life 20th operating year. It’s too early to tell at the moment what will happen to be honest. Second Life still has a healthy economy and strong active userbase.

  • How do you think 2022 has been so far for grid statistics in Second Life?
  • What are your predictions for 2023 for the grid statistics in Second Life?

Linden Lab Updates The Terms And Conditions


On Tuesday 25th October LInden Lab officially announced some new updates to the Second Life Terms and Conditions via the Second Life official blog.

Its worth reading through the terms and conditions page if your not familiar with it and feel free share it with others.

Whats New ?

  1. “We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX”.
  2. We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC”. 

The next update will take place on 31st October 2022. If you decline the changes then you have to close your Second Life account down.

Here is the full blog post with the new changes below.

From time to time, we make changes to Second Life’s Terms and Conditions in order to improve the documents, update and/or clarify policies, and keep the Terms current – all of which assist in governing your relationship with Linden Lab. Our next update will take place automatically on October 31, 2022.

Here’s what’s new in this update:

We clarified certain functions associated with the LindeX as well as the terms applicable to orders placed on the LindeX.

We added a section describing the terms applicable to your use of Stored Value Accounts, including your relationship with Tilia LLC. 

By continuing to use our services after the changes take effect, you agree to be bound by those changes. No further action is needed from you to accept such changes. However, if you would prefer to decline them, then you will need to close your Second Life account prior to October 31, 2022.

Here is the Second Life Terms and Conditions page.

Lab Gab With Patch Linden and Grumpity Linden


On Friday 21st October 2022 there was a special live episode of Lab Gab featuring Patch Linden and Grumpity Linden. There was a lot of topics mentioned during the live session and some announcements too.

I think probably the biggest thing to take away is the Premium Plus will be able to hold a Homestead regions ($109 a month tier for a Homestead) without having the need to pay for a Full region. Premium Plus subscribers in Europe will soon see the removal of VAT from all subscription options (TBC).

There was a update on Linden Homes including the first premium plus selection of Linden Homes will be the Ranch theme – launching end of 2022 / early 2023 release (more themes are coming soon). There are new plans to get new floor plans for existing Linden Home designs before the end of 2022.

The lab are working on mobile plans and apparently there might be some teasing of this option in early 2023. Speedlight is still a third party viewer and is not part of the lab’s mobile development. The avatar expressiveness project is still in the early phases of development (more in 2023). The lab will be rolling out some big improvements to a first-time avatar customisation process soon. New starter mesh avatars may be released in the next few months or so.

There was more projects and updates mentioned. If you missed the live episode you can catch up below in two parts.

Part 1

Part 2

A Look Back At Second Life Private Estates During 2022 So Far


Basically since the start of 2022 Second Life gained 200+ Private Estates then lost roughly 200 Private Estatesk which is concerning to say the least. If downward rates continue as they are or get much worse then you can expect to see Private Estates drop under the 18, 000 mark before the end of 2022.

In early January 2022 there were 18, 332 Private Estates on the grid and there was positive net growth that followed for months. Back in late July 2022 there were 18, 326 Private Estates. A declining pattern has been happening since July 2022 for some reason.

During the past month it appears that Private Estates have dropped by -29 regions from 18, 164 in September 2022 down to 18, 135 as of 17th October 2022 via the Second Life Grid Survey.

It’s important to mention that back in early January 2020 private estates was around the 16, 036 mark. Back in late January 2011 there was like 24, 815 private regions on the grid. Private Estates have gone up and down a lot during the past 11 years.

Inflation globally and other factors will have a critical part during the next 2 – 6 months or so which will effect the Second Life grid statistics most likely. I hope we will see growth again soon in Private Estates in Second Life.

I remember a few years ago or so when the grid regions declined by the hundreds every month and I hope we won’t see that happen anytime soon.

I will publish another update on the region numbers in November 2022 and in December 2022 to report changes.

What are your predictions for private estates for the rest of 2022 and 2023+ in Second Life ? Please share your views in the comments section below.

Linden Lab Acquires CasperTech


On Wednesday 14th September Linden Lab announced that CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc. This new acquisition will “ensure ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities”.

  • See the FAQ here for more details via Reddit

This is interesting news and it makes me wonder how many more new acquisitions the lab will make in the years to come. From what I am hearing is that there are mixed responses already to this news and it’s raising concerns already across the grid. The lab says this acquisition will be a positive change for Second Life residents and CasperTech customers moving forward.

“CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services”.

“You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.”

There is active discussion going on in this forum thread on the Second Life Forums. Check out the Lab Gab episode (full video above) for more details about the acquisition featuring Patch Linden and Casper Warden.

Here is the full blog post…

Greetings Second Lifers!

Today is a really big day for all of us together and we are excited to share that the Second Life portion of CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc.

CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services.

This acquisition will ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities to vastly improve the experience for our users as our next step in the CasperTech and Second Life journey.  

You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.

We wouldn’t have gone forward with this move if we weren’t absolutely confident that it will be a positive change for all Residents and CasperTech customers.

We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are, and we thank you for your continued support as we all step boldly into the future together!

We have started a forum discussion here for anyone interested in participating with questions.
You can also watch Casper and I on a special pre-recorded Lab Gab today at 10:30am SLT!

What do you think of this acquisition announcement from the lab ?

Newbrooke: New Land Mass Arrives


New SSP regions arrive on the grid

Within the past 12 hours or so at least 12 new SSP regions have arrived just north of the Newbrooke sub continent. They are not showing up on the world map yet but they do show up on the Mini-Map if you expand it. The region names do appear if you put your mouse over it for a few seconds or so.

The region of interest is SSP Tiedown Inlet because it’s got a deep channel facing the Stromberg region (possible connection point soon) which is located west of the Satori continent. “Satori is linked to the North with Nautilus and to the North-East with Blake Sea”. I think the Belliseria continent linking up with the Satori continent is a good move in the right direction. Hopefully the connection region will come online in the days/weeks ahead.

You can expect to see active new development in these new SSP regions in the days and weeks ahead. More Linden homes are coming really soon and further expansion in terms of new land is expected before the end of 2022.

New land is here

Stay tuned for development updates on my blog soon.

Second Life Mobile App In Slow Development


On Wednesday 3rd August at the web user group meeting there was a question asked about the status of the mobile type viewer (27mins/14secs) and Reed Linden said it’s coming slowly in terms of development. There are alot of struggles with that apparently and it’s not a straight forward project.

Reed mentioned that the lab are still deciding on whether to have its own solutions or to go down the partnerships route. There could be a paid by the hour system like the SpeedLight app. It might be something like the popular Lumiya app (no longer in development) or SL Go (inactive) from the past. Nothing has been officially been announced yet.

Linden Lab have actually been working with the SpeedLight app team so it will be interesting to see if anything big happens with this soon.

From what I have heard I really don’t think the lab will launch the Second Life app this year (it’s on the 2022 roadmap though I know). At best there might be probably a beta version of the Second Life mobile app before the end of 2022 if development picks up again. I would predict it will be launched sometime in early-mid 2023 or 2024 now at the latest.

For the last few years development for Second Life mobile has been mostly in the fast lane I think and now it’s moved back in the slow lane. There are probably alot of reasons for the on going delays to the project.

Should the lab continue with Second Life mobile development? If so what do you want to see happen ?