Category Archives: SL Announcements

Second Life Grid Statistics Summer Update 2017


This is the 2017 summer update on the latest Second Life grid statistics currently available. My last statistics blog post was published back in April 2017 where I reported the grid was still declining.

All stats used in this blog post are from the Second Life Grid Survey & New SL Sims in past week thread via SLUniverse Forums. Tyche Shepherd collects the data from Bots that helps with the weekly reports every week.

Second Life Grid Size 

Since the start of 2017 the total amount of Main Grid regions have dropped further during Q1 & Q2 with only a tiny amount of region growth from Private Estates.

Linden Owned regions have increased since the start of 2017 is most interesting. Earlier this year regions dropped under the 24, 000 mark for the first time. If things don’t change before the end of 2017 then expect the total amount of regions to be closer around the 23, 000 mark.

> 1st January 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 002
  • Private Estates: 16, 783 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 219

> 2nd April 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 806
  • Private Estates: 16, 586
  • Linden Owned: 7, 220

As of 5th July 2017

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 649
  • Private Estates: 16, 414 
  • Linden Owned: 7, 235
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Main Grid Regions since 2006

Daily Concurrency

The daily concurrency in Second Life seems to be averaging between 49, 000 (at max) – 28, 000 (lowest) on a daily basis at the moment. The Median Daily Concurrency is now at 40, 000.

The daily concurrency has dropped down since the start of 2017 and it’s not surprising as we are heading into the summer months.

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Historical Daily Concurrency since 2009

Second Life Signups

As of 5th July 2017 there have been 50,  837, 795 signups for Second Life to date.

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Second Life signups since 2010

Sansar

Sansar Open Creator Beta is expected to launch this summer. There is still no confirmed opening date yet. It will be interesting to see if Sansar will have any impact on Second Life grid numbers going forward.

My next Second Life Grid Statistics update will be posted in October 2017

SL14B Officially Opens


At 12pm SLT today the SL14B regions officially opened to the public in Second Life after months of planning. The SL14B regions will now remain open until 3rd July 2017 so there is plenty of time to see everything.

Come over and enjoy the birthday celebrations today! 🙂

Stay updated on the latest SL14B news here.

SL14B Press Day Preview


Yesterday the Second Life press had special access to preview the SL14B sims. The long wait is almost over because the SL14B Community Celebrations officially open to everyone at 12pm SLT today.

At first glance the SL14B regions look really impressive this year. There are 18 SL14B regions to visit and explore. There will be live performances, live DJ events, hunts, pod tours and so much more during the week ahead.

Second Life officially turns 14 years old on 23rd June 2017 and there will be grid wide celebrations.

The annual Second Life birthday is one of my top favourite events to attend. I’m always impressed by the amazing builds, events and great community atmosphere there is.

My first preview snapshots of SL14B.

SL14B Map

SL14B Welcome Area

SL14B Cake Stage

SL14B DJ Stage

SL14B Stage Left

SL14B Time Capsule Area

I will be posting more SL14B snapshots on my blog in the days ahead and on my Flickr stream. Stay tuned for that 🙂

Linden Lab shares some quick tips on account security


Today Governance Linden shared some updated quick tips on account security on the official Second Life blog. The reminder comes afteran increase in the use of third party tools that gives account credentials and control over a Resident’s account to another Resident”.

“This and similar products can change an account password and/or details, such as email address, which could prevent an owner from accessing an account, or even from being able to recover the account.”

The lab have now issued some updated quick tips on how to keep your account secure. Please read the full blog post below for more information.

We want to remind everyone that giving another Resident access to your account or account information, by any means and for any reason, is both dangerous and not permitted by the Terms of Service. An account is intended to be used solely by its creator, and keeping your account details secret and secure helps you keep it that way.

We’d like to provide you with some quick tips on how to keep your account secure:

Choose a secure password with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, spaces, and symbols, and avoid common dictionary words or phrases. For instance, “password” is not a good password, but “wh4tAr g@t4P55!” is much better (though you shouldn’t use that last one either, now that all of Second Life just read it, too).

Choose a secret security question answer. To keep your information extra secure, choose an answer that you will remember, but that no one else could possibly guess. For example, answering “What is your favourite vacation spot?” with “Potsdam, Pennsylvania” isn’t secure if you have that listed as an interest on your social media accounts. Answering “The Wide Wide World of Sports” might be much more secure!

Keep your password and the answer to your security question secret from everyone, regardless of their relationship to you. Only you should know this information; not your significant other, family member, casual acquaintance, person with an honest look in their eye, or anyone else.

Keep your password unique and special to Second Life. Reusing the same password across different platforms or websites makes your account vulnerable if one of those sites suffer a data breach.

No Linden will ever ask for your password. Likewise, there is never a reason for you to enter your password to unlock an item, receive a discount, or anything else.

Use only the official Second Life Viewer, or a Third Party Viewer from the Third Party Viewer Directory. If the viewer does not allow you to log directly into your account for any reason, the viewer is NOT secure.

You can read more about keeping your information secure on the wiki at Linden Lab Official: Password Protection.

If you have any problems accessing your account—especially if you believe that your password or security information may be known to anyone other than you—please contact the support team by opening a support case.

Thanks for keeping your account secure!

-Governance Linden