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2016 Second Life Grid Statistics Update


On 3rd January 2016 Tyche Shepherd posted up the final report for 2015 for the latest region counts for Second Life. It’s not good news really because the overall the Second Life grid apparently “shrunk by 746 regions (2.9% of total) but private estates were down by 825 (4.4% of private estates) a slightly larger loss than last years net loss of 696 regions”.

Grid Survey Data

2016 is going to be a challenging year I think for Second Life with the next generation platform launching in Q1 2016 and surely that will affect the grid numbers. It’s hard to tell if private estates will grow again or decline further this year ?. We will have to wait and see.

The highest recorded was 31,988 regions in Second Life back on 13th June 2010. Today it’s dropped down to 24, 886 regions. I hope someday there will be growth for the total amount of Main Grid regions otherwise by 2020 the grid will be a much smaller place like it being under 17, 000 regions if the trends continue.

Here are the stats between 2013 to 2016 at the start of the year for comparison. Now during 2016 I will be publishing regular updates on the latest region counts, so stay tuned for that.

On 6th January 2013

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 28, 036
  • Private Estates: 20, 921
  • Linden Owned: 7, 115
  • During 2013 private estates in Second Life decreased by 1, 719 regions which is a net loss of 8.2%

On 5th January 2014

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 26, 227
  • Private Estates: 19, 241
  • Linden Owned: 6, 986
  • During 2014 private estates in Second Life decreased by 673 regions which is a net loss of 3.5%

On 4th January 2015

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 25, 611
  • Private Estates: 18, 579
  • Linden Owned: 7, 032 
  • During 2015 private estates in Second Life decreased by 825 regions which is a net loss of 4.4%

As of 3rd January 2016

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

What are your predictions during 2016 for region counts in Second Life ? 

My 2015 Annual Report In Crunchy Numbers


2015 in blogging

This is my last blog post of 2015 and I would like to say thanks so much for reading my blog this year. I am looking forward to blogging in 2016 and as you know anything can happen. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared my 2015 annual report for this blog and here are the results. See Full Report Here.

See you all in 2016 :) 

Crunchy Numbers

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 79,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

There were 517 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 122 MB. That’s about a picture per day.

The busiest day of the year was March 19th with 1,095 views. The most popular post that day was Ebbe Linden talks about education, Second Life and next generation platform at VWBPE 2015.

Posting Patterns

In 2015, there were 247 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,334 posts.

Most Views in 2015

These are the posts that got the most views in 2015. You can see all of the year’s most-viewed posts in your Site Stats.

Top Referring Sites In 2015

  1. facebook.com
  2. twitter.com
  3. plurk.com
  4. plus.google.com
  5. community.secondlife.com

Where Did They Come From ? 

That’s 159 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. United Kingdom & Germany were not far behind.

Your most commented on post in 2015 was Ebbe Linden talks about education, Second Life and next generation platform at VWBPE 2015

Top 5 Most Active Commenters 

Top 5 most active commenters:

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2016! :) 

A look back at the state of Second Life regions during 2015


With less than one week to go until the start of 2016, I think it’s a good time to look back at 2015 in terms of grid numbers and see what’s been happening. I have been keeping an eye on the trends and grid numbers during 2015.

For almost the whole year the numbers have been declining further into the red. The total amount of Main Grid regions and Private Estates have declined during 2015 which is not a surprise. Linden owned regions have increased this year.

2015 Comparison Grid Numbers

  • Back on 4th January 2015 the total amount of Main Grid regions was 25, 611 regions, with 18, 579 regions being private estates and 7, 032 regions being Linden owned.
  • As of 27th December 2015 the total amount of Main Grid regions now stands at 24, 892, with 17, 781 regions being private estates and 7, 111 being Linden owned.
  • Private Estates net losses for 2015 so far > 819 > (4.4% down over the year)

On 8th November 2015 Second Life regions dropped under the 25, 000 regions mark for the first time since June 2008. Most have been saying this year that region/tier costs have been still high for Private Estates and perhaps they are right saying that, lowering the tier cost may help and then regions will be on the increase again.

OpenSim new records set

Popularity has increased during 2015 for OpenSim with so many new records being set in terms of region counts and active users. Hypergrid interest has been increasing a lot during 2015 and popularity will increase next year for sure.

2016 the year ahead

2016 is going to be a challenging year for Second Life regions with the launch of Project Sansar in the first quarter of 2016. OpenSim regions have been on the increase throughout 2015 and it will be interesting to see if the interest trends will continue next year.

I do hope someday I can share some positive statistics for grid numbers for Second Life because that would be great news.

I’ll be keeping a closer eye on the grid numbers during 2016 to see what impact Project Sansar will have. I will be posting regular statistic blog posts during the course of 2016, stay tuned for that. :)