2018 Was A Good Year For Second Life Region Growth


On Sunday 30th December 2018 Tyche Shepherd posted up the last Sunday report for 2018 showing positive growth numbers for Second Life regions throughout 2018. Apparently for the first time in seven years the Second Life grid is bigger at the end of the year than it was at the start. The last time this happened was back in 2011 which seems a long time ago now.

2018 saw a net growth of 474 regions in total which is +2.1% growth. Private Estates showed net growth up to 14 regions (0.1% growth). This is very good news to see the Second Life grid finally growing again. Yay! 🙂

The total number of Main Grid regions as of 30th December 2018 stands at 23, 811 with (16, 120 being Private Estates and 7, 691 being Linden owned.

I think the changes that Linden Lab made for land costs has definitely helped along with many other factors. It would be great to see the Second Life grid growing even futher during 2019.

Here is the weekly net changes in Private Estates for 2018:

Second Life Private Estates weekly net changes during 2018

Let’s hope this growth trend will continue now for the rest of 2019.

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Pfaffenthal 1867 Shuts Down In Second Life


Today the Pfaffenthal 1867 regions have sadly closed down in Second Life after having a strong presence inworld for many years. Pfaffenthal 1867 is moving over to Sansar because the land is free, the graphics is better, the use of VR headsets and real physical interactivity. 

I understand that the possibilities are big on Sansar however I think it’s a real shame the regions have now left Second Life. The regions were an expansive virtual replica of Pfaffenthal in Luxembourg City. The regions will be missed now it’s all gone in Second Life. It’s a sad day for the Second Life community for sure.

The announcement last week sent out by Hauptmann Weydert reads this…

Dear citizens,

The moment has finally arrived, for the 1867 project to move on to SANSAR, were land is free, where we can have better graphics,VR headsets and real physical interactivity. Note that sansar works very well on a normal PC,for desktop mode you do NOT need a gamer PC.

IMPORTANT!
All the 1867 sims in second life will be shut down next monday, on the 26th of november. Please pack all your stuff by then.

We will have a good bye party, saturday the 24th of november at 10 am at café neuen.
Please join us in SANSAR and be among the first to get a new house there! we have 4×4 km !

cheers to all of you!

Hauptmann Weydert

Earlier today I went for a look around the regions before they went offline. The regions are just wonderful and there was so much to see. Maybe the regions may come back to Second Life in the future. It’s a huge loss and hit to Second Life i think.

Check out my snapshots below…

Farewell Pfaffenthal 1867 

For All SL Merchants – Virtual World Economic Situation Survey


Virtual World Economic Situation Survey

There is a interesting new survey called the Virtual World Economic Situation Survey making the rounds at the moment across the metaverse which is focusing on what Second Life merchants think of the current Second Life economic situation.

  • Survey is now closed + see link above for full results 

The aim of this survey to get enough Second Life merchants filling out this survey so everyone can find out the current economy situation more clearly. There are questions in this survey on sales, monthly incomes, the importance of events, the marketplace, product creations and there is a opinions section on Sansar.

Linden Lab Public User Group Meetings Are Still Happening


Linden Village – Simon Linden user group location

For many years Linden Lab have run weekly public user group meetings (office hours) in Second Life with the community to chat about the latest developments, server changes, latest bugs, web updates and much more. 

The good news still is that they are still happening on a weekly basis for anyone that didn’t know they were still going on. The user group meetings are very interesting and they are worth going to if you have not been before.

About User Groups…

User groups are product or community focused and each one is led by the product manager or community manager. Our goals are to make it easier for you to find the user group, or groups, that you want to participate in and for us to listen more closely to your needs and ideas. The user group program is about opening up more lines of communication. Most user groups are public and include inworld meetings, JIRA sections, and sometimes a Twitter feed, an SL Forum, or an SL email list. It’s up to the user group lead and the core Resident team how they want to communicate with one another. The discussions will be open, direct, and focus more on your needs, new features, and be more forward-looking.

Hippotropolis – Oz Linden user group location

As of 3rd October 2018 here are the current weekly Linden Lab Public User Group meetings sorted chronologically by day of the week.

All times below are PDT/SLT.

User Group Description User Group Leader Frequency Days of Week Time (PT) Location (SLurl)
Server/Sim/Scripting Simulator issues and technology. Simon Linden Weekly Tuesday 12:00-13:00 SLurl
Open Development Open discussion of SL development, including open source contributions. Oz Linden Weekly Wednesday 07:00-08:00 Oz’s RaftD or IETF Island (180, 210, 22)D
Server Beta Anything pertaining to server changes and public beta testing. Caleb Linden Weekly Thursday 15:00-16:00 On AditiSLurl
Content Creation Discussion of SL content creation including avatars, animations, and other meshes.
(Supersedes the Bento user group.)
Vir Linden Weekly Thursday 13:00-14:00 Hippotropolis Campfire CircleD
Governance Discussion & education of issues involving Governance such as in-world abuse, Abuse Reports, Forum Reports, Marketplace Reports, etc Kristin Linden Bi-weekly Tuesday 13:00-14:00 HavenhurstD
Concierge & Land Discussion & education of SL topics such as current known issues and bugs, project viewers and new features, and general Mainland issues. Theresa Linden Every 2nd and 4th Thursday Thursday 12:00-13:00 Linden Estate Services4D
Web Discussion of issues around Web properties such as Marketplace, Profiles, Place Pages, Search, etc. Grumpity Linden & Alexa Linden Monthly Wednesday 14:00 DenbyD

Please spread the word about Linden Lab public user group meetings.