Category Archives: SL Economy

New Second Life Join Page Goes Live


It looks like Linden Lab have revamped the Second Life Join Page today and it looks very good at first glimpse. I really do think this revamp will now improve the new resident experience going forward along with the new themed learning islands which include many cool genres like sci-fi etc.

Part 1: The classic and fantasy avatars are now shown under a drop down menu on the left hand side with the sign up details on the right hand side of the page.

Part 2: Once you click the Create My Account button you will be taken to the next page where you can select your membership level either Basic or Premium with the experiences you can expect for each.

Part 3: The final page says “Your account is activated” and “Your avatar is waiting for you!”. You can now download and install the Second Life viewer and start the great adventure.

What do you think of the new Second Life Join page ? Please share your views in the comments section below.

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Top 10 Interesting Updates From The Recent Town Hall Event


Ebbe Altberg Town Hall Meeting

Ebbe Altberg At Town Hall Meeting

Here are some of the updates that I found most interesting in simple terms during the recent town hall event with Ebbe Altberg the CEO of Linden Lab on Thursday 13th September 2018.

To see the whole video of the Town Hall session, see my previous blog post. It’s definitely worth watching. I hope there will be many more Town Hall sessions in the future with more announcements.


1. Return of Last Names

Linden Lab set a goal to return last names in Second Life in 2018. It’s now probably going to be returning either at the end of 2018 or sometime in 2019. There is no date when it will be deployed but the team are on it.

2. Animesh

It’s apparently very close to release and the Environment Enhancement Project is close to public testing very soon.

  • Bakes on Mesh is still progressing and should appear before the end of the year

3. Second Life In The Cloud

Moving Second Life to a cloud infrastructure will not be completed until 2019 as it’s a long-term project. There may be more water spaces to connect between existing continents (TBC).

4. Linden Homes

The land team are working hard on things at the moment and it’s being determined if the new land will be deployed in stages or all at once. More details will be revealed before the end of 2018.

5. Tier Rates

Currently there will no plans to further change the tier rates in Second Life. The lab is still absorbing the data from the June 2018 private region restructure. The reducing of the price of land has definitely helped and the overall responses have been positive.

6. New Premium Subscription Options

There may a project that can start to be rolled out before the end of 2018. The main goals is to offer greater value to users and motivate more users to sign up to Premium levels.

7. Linux Viewer

There is a project that will try to produce a 64-bit .DEB version of the Linux viewer. This is not a priority for the viewer development stage at this time.

The lab finds this a difficult issue and Linux represents a small percentage of Second Life users.

8. Second Life Economic Metrics

Apparently some metrics have been restored but not all metrics will restored. Not all of the economic data is suitable for public consumption as the lab is a business in competition with others.

9. Apple Metal Framwork (OpenGL Support)

The lab are in discussions over what steps to take next. As it stands there no plans to drop mac support as a result of Apple’s decision.

10. Re-Introducing 24 Hours Support For Non-US users

There are no plans to bring it back on the basis of the cost, covering time zones and languages etc.

Other updates worth mentioning

  • New games and experiences are coming very soon
  • Marketplace improvements are starting to show up and more on the way soon
  • The new land auctions process has been deployed and the Mainland land auctions are still yet to come
  • Grid-wide experiences may not be deployed before the end of 2018
  • The lab have done a number of tests for the new themed learning islands

I would love to know what you found most interesting during the town hall event ?.

Feel free to comment below.

New Changed Dates For Relay For Life Of Second Life 2019 Season


After some brainstorming sessions and discussions it’s been officially decided by the Relay For Life of Second Life organisers that Relay Weekend will be moved a month earlier going forward.

The 2019 season will last for 16 weeks and it will be very different compared with previous years. The Relay For Life of Second Life 2019 season will now kick off at 10am SLT on Saturday 16th February 2019 and the annual Relay Weekend will be on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019.

This is the first time in Relay For Life of Second Life history that the event will be held in June instead of July. The economic metrics say that having the relay season earlier means more residents will be active and will be logged in.

Both Relay Weekend and the Second Life birthday will now take place in June which means it’s going to be a rather busy month.

  • Stay updated on the latest news here 

Ebbe Altberg Will Be Appearing At A Town Hall Chat Session On 13th September 2018


Ebbe Linden at SL15B

Within the last few hours Linden Lab have announced that the CEO of Linden Lab Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a live Town Hall chat session on Thursday 13th September 2018 at 9.30am SLT/PDT.

Ebbe Altberg will be talking about the latest updates on whats being worked on in Second Life and what is being planned including specific updates on the product development roadmap.

Ebbe will be answering questions from the selected submissions from the Second Life community. The location of the live town hall event will be announced near to the actual date of the session.

I am looking forward to attending this town hall chat session because they are always pretty interesting. Read the full blog announcement below…

With SL15B behind us (and SL16B to look forward to!) we thought it was time to have another Town Hall, and give Residents a chance to ask about Second Life and hear the latest news on what is being worked on and planned in Second Life. We’ll also share specific updates on our product development roadmap, as discussed earlier this year.

Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg will be appearing at a  “Town Hall” chat session on Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 9:30 a.m. (SLT/Pacific). This is your chance to interact directly with Ebbe as he discusses 2018 and beyond. 

Got a question you want to ask? Post it in the Community Forum thread “September 2018 – A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg” in advance of the Town Hall. Questions will be selected from all submissions made prior to Sept. 10, so make sure to weigh in now!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Sept. 13 to see if your question is selected. On that day, you can join us live for the Town Hall meeting. Location will be publicized closer to the event – stay tuned!

We’ll see you inworld soon!

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and please spread the word.