Inworld Map Tiles: Linden Lab are “continuing to work on a fix for this issue”


On 2nd April 2021 Linden Lab updated the Second Life Status page in the Inworld Map Tiles Information Currently Unavailable section saying that they are continuing to work on a fix for the issue. It’s been six months now broken.

For most now in the community it’s been very frustrating not being able to see updated map tiles on the world map in Second Life. From what I am hearing from various sources this is turning out to be a complex issue.

There is some good news though as there are two alternatives to view the world map. New improvements are being made on a regular basis.

Still no ETA from Linden Lab on when we can expect a possible fix.

Update – We are continuing to work on a fix for this issue. We appreciate your continued patience!
Apr 208:05 PDT

Update – Now that Uplift has finished we are working to restore the map tile functionality. We still do not have an ETA, but please follow this blog for updates and thank you for your patience!
Jan 2111:23 PST

Identified – We have identified the issue and will be implementing a fix, but not not have an ETA for the resolution. Please note the map tile issue also affects new region owners as well as current owners. Thank you very much for your patience, and watch this blog for updates.
Nov 1906:49 PST

Investigating – We are aware that currently inworld map tiles are not updating, and we are working on the issue. We appreciate your patience. Please watch this blog for further updates.
Nov 1816:10 PST

Stay tuned for further updates.

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Second Life Grid Statistics – April 2021 Update


We are now four months into 2021 and it’s time to look at the latest Second Life grid statistics to see what’s going on.

New: Traffic Lights

  • Green: Stats showing positive growth
  • Orange: Stats remaining stable / possible rise soon
  • Red: Decline in the stats / data stopped

Second Life Regions

Good news is that the Second Life grid is showing positive net growth at the moment. Most of the growth is coming from the expansion of the Bellisseria continent with new Linden owned regions being added. As many know already the lab connected the Bellisseria continent with Satori continent. 

The Second Life land store is open which is making a positive difference now to the grid numbers overall. There has been more interest in private estates since the end of 2020 which is fantastic news. Let’s hope this positive trend will continue for the rest of 2021 and into 2022.

The Second Life grid size as of 11th April 2021

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 26, 504
  • Private Estates: 17, 864
  • Linden Owned: 8, 640
  • Total Area: 1736.97 (KM)

As of 28th February 2021

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 729
  • Private Estates: 17, 302
  • Linden Owned: 8, 427

Back on 27th December 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 614
  • Private Estates: 17, 084
  • Linden Owned: 8, 531

Second Life Daily Concurrency

The Second Life daily concurrency levels have remained steady since the start of 2021. There have not been any huge peaks in the maximum daily concurrency yet. The highest recorded so far for 2021 was on 29th March 2021 with 57, 767 residents online.

It would be nice to see the daily concurrency surpass 60, 000 in the months ahead. Between March 2020 and May 2020 the daily average maximum Second Life user concurrency stayed around the 60, 000 mark.

April 2021 Daily Concurrency Stats

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency: 51, 000 to 57, 000
  • Median Daily Concurrency: 41, 000 to 45, 000
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency: 31, 000 to 34, 000

Second Life Signups

It seems that the Second Life Grid Survey no longer publishes daily metrics for Resident Signups to date. The last update was made on 21st October 2020 with 64, 687, 961 total residents.

This was a useful metric to see the population growth in Second Life and hopefully the data feeds will resume soon.

Second Life Website Traffic

It appears that during February 2021 SecondLife.com traffic dropped to 9.4 million visits. Back in December 2020 it peaked at 12.7 million visits. During March 2021 the website traffic increased to 11 million visits. I would imagine the website traffic will increase in the months ahead.

Useful Resources

My next Second Life grid statistics will be published in July 2021.

A Look Back At The Second Life Daily Concurrency Figures From December 2009 to January 2020


I have been looking back at the historical Second Life concurrency chart that Tyche Shepherd shared back on 3rd March 2020 via the Second Life Forums in this thread called A look into the health of the Second Life Grid. The chart below shows the maximum, median and minimum daily concurrency levels from 5th December 2009 to 29th January 2020.

As you can see below since December 2009 the Second Life user concurrency levels have been on a slow decline especially with the maximum and median daily concurrency figures until 2020 where the levels have balanced out a bit. In the bottom chart of this blog post throughout 2020 the maximum user concurrency has mostly stayed around the 50. 000 – 60, 000 mark. The maximum user concurrency so far in 2021 seems to be averaging between 50, 000 to 57, 000.

Hopefully during 2021 and 2022 the Second Life daily user concurrency levels will go up again.

Tyche Shepherd chart showing the Second Life concurrency figures since December 2009

Source

2020 Daily Concurrency Levels

The maximum daily concurrency peaked between March 2020 and May 2020. The levels calmed down until August 2020 where the levels started to go up again. The daily maximum user concurrency has been steadily going up towards the 60, 000 mark again during the first few months of 2021.

The median daily concurrency was high between March 2020 and April 2020 then it went up from August 2020.

Second Life concurrency figures from March 2020 to March 2021

Source

2021 Outlook

It would be great to see the Second Life daily maximum concurrency average between 60, 000 to 65, 000+ in the months ahead. It would be good to see the average of online users (median) in Second Life go up again like it did during 2020.

The Second Life Grid Survey run by Tyche Shepherd who still keeps on-going statistics relating to the daily user concurrency levels in Second Life which can be found here. Check out the drop down menus for the latest grid numbers. Most of the graphs no longer publish new data.

I guess we will have to wait and see what happens. I will blog again about the user concurrency levels later this year to see whats happening.

Main Grid Regions Drop Under The 25, 000 Mark


As of 26th July 2020 the total amount of main grid regions in Second Life has dropped under the 25, 000 mark according to the Second Life Grid Survey. Mainly through Private Estates and some Linden Owned regions have been showing signs of decline during the past month.

The total region count has actually been lower than this in previous years like back when there were 23, 298 regions back on 18th March 2018. At the moment there is no need to panic but if trends continue like they are then the decline will sadly get worse before the end of 2020.

The first six months of 2020 there have been signs of positive growth in Second Life and hopefully soon the grid growth will return. See below for the grid numbers counted for January, June and July.

Main Grid size as of 26th July 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 947
  • Private Estates: 16, 662
  • Linden Owned: 8, 285

Main Grid size – 7th June 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 160
  • Private Estates: 16, 902
  • Linden Owned: 8, 258

Main Grid size – 20th January 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Private Estates: 16, 036
  • Linden Owned: 8, 111

What To Expect Next ?

  • Once the migration to the cloud has been completed in early Autumn then the region capacity will increase again. The lab have not released any dates yet. This will effect the private estate numbers.
  • The Bellisseria continent will start to grow again after the cloud move is finished. This will increase the Linden Owned regions.
  • Hopefully during 2021 Linden Lab may lower the land costs or do something to help the Second Life community.

How does OpenSim compare ?

If you put the OSgrid and Kitely regions combined together it will surpass Second Life regions by a huge margin. There are now over 1, 572 public accessible opensim grids now. The total OpenSim land area expanded by more than 800 regions. Is everyone switching to OpenSim now ?

There are now roughly 80, 000 regions on OpenSim which is a huge amount. Second Life has 24, 947 regions in total. From the looks of things OpenSim is still growing in terms of regions and active users.

See July 2020 report

Hypergrid Business Data – July 2020

I will blog about the grid numbers in October and then again at the end of 2020. Hopefully by then the grid numbers will be positive. If there is any big changes or announcements then I’ll share them on my blog.

Second Life Statistics Update – June 2020


We are now six months into 2020 and it’s now time to look at the latest Second Life grid statistics. The key areas of focus is the main grid size, daily concurrency and signups.

Main Grid Size 

The good news is that the total size of the main grid has grown since the start of the year. There has been more interest in private estates this year. Linden Lab have added more new Linden owned regions to the Bellisseria continent during the past six months. The YTD net loss for private estate regions has stayed pretty low at around 0.4% since March 2020.

In mid May 2020 the lab announced that there was limited availability of new Second Life regions going forward. It’s likely that things may pick up again in early Autumn 2020. Second Life is in the process of migrating from the old existing dedicated servers to a cloud hosting service. When that process is complete the lab will release the unlimited region capacity again.

Unfortunately, our current server systems cannot accommodate unlimited growth without adversely impacting that stability and performance. This means that region inventory in Second Life will be extremely limited and may not be readily available until early fall.

For those that follow Tyche Shepherd weekly posts on VirtualVerse Forums there has not been no weekly updates since 30th March 2020 on the latest grid numbers. Note that stats on this blog post are from the Second Life Grid Survey and from the VirtualVerse Forums.

Main Grid size as of 7th June 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 160
  • Private Estates: 16, 902
  • Linden Owned: 8, 258

Breakdown

  • General: 2, 648
  • Moderate: 15, 745
  • Adult: 6, 760
  • Total Size: 1648.89KM

Main Grid size on 20th January 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Private Estates: 16, 036
  • Linden Owned: 8, 111

Breakdown

  • General: 2, 830
  • Moderate: 15, 059
  • Adult: 6, 253
  • Total Size: 1582.50KM

Previous Years Grid Stats

There are more regions in Second Life now than there was a few years ago or so. The lab have steadily added more and more Linden owned regions to the grid over the years which has made a positive difference to the grid numbers.

On 2nd June 2019

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Linden Owned: 8, 017
  • Private Estates: 16, 130

On 30th December 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 811
  • Linden Owned: 7, 691
  • Private Estates: 16, 120

18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240
  • Private Estates: 16, 058

31st December 2017

  • Total Main Grid regions: 23, 332
  • Total Linden Owned: 7, 226
  • Total Private Estates: 16, 106

3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111
  • Private Estates: 17, 775

Daily Concurrency 

The average daily concurrency for Second Life at the moment is between 30, 000min- 55, 000max at peak times. The maximum daily concurrency has not surpassed 60, 000 since late April 2020. During the past few months there has been more logging into Second Life probably due to the current health crisis the world is facing now.

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency – 55, 000 (average peak)
  • Median Daily Concurrency – 40, 400 (average)
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency – 30, 000 (average)

Signups

As of the 12th of June 2020 there have been 63, 734, 666 signups for Second Life since launch of the platform.

My next statistics update will be made in late October 2020.