Last night there were series of coordinated terror attacks in the heart of Paris and at least 127 were killed with many others being injured. This is devastating news and very sad. I can’t believe there are people that want to harm innocent people. All my thoughts and respect go out today to the families in Paris that have been affected.
In Second Life at Paris Eiffel there is already an gathering remembering the Paris attacks.
On 11th November Linden Lab announced Marketplace Search Beta with improved relevance of search results and more. The lab is working on an important feature that will let you exclude keynotes when searching.
Here is the lab announcement on the Marketplace Search Beta…
We’re pleased to share that improvements to the existing Marketplace search functionality are now available through Marketplace Search Beta. We’ve made infrastructure changes to improve the relevance of search results – making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for! We have also made changes for search to scale better as more content and categories are added to the Marketplace – and that means the newest creations and additions are at your fingertips. We are still working on an important feature, which will allow you to exclude keywords (such as “demo”) from your search – but want to get this into your hands now and get your feedback!
Bugs & Issues
If you see any issues, please file a BUG JIRA with the SLM Beta Search component. For general comments and feedback, visit this forum thread. Happy shopping!
There is a special forum thread set up to add your questions. Get your questions into the thread no later than Friday 13th November 2015.
The event will be recorded and will be archived after the show ends. The Lab Chat production team will pick selected questions from the forum thread to ask Ebbe Linden. Hopefully there will be time for audience questions near the end of the event.
Meet the Lindens series and VWBPE Linden keynote talks have worked really well this year and I enjoyed watching them. I hope the new Lab Chat will work out well and hopefully there will be more Lab Chats in the months ahead.
Overall Second Life is still a huge virtual world today and it’s been a success after 12 years. Second Life is going to be around for many more years to come. There needs to be more interest and lowering the tier may help.
As of 8th November 2015
Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 985
Private Estates: 17, 888
Linden Owned: 7, 097
The year to date private estate losses now stands at 712 = (3.8% down on last year).
The graph below shows the weekly net change in the number of private estate regions since 28th December 2014. As we look at 2015 there have been some signs of growth however it’s mostly been declining throughout the year.
Do you think the decline will continue during 2016 ?
On Friday 6th November Linden Lab announced 16 new classic avatars for Second Life. These new classic avatars look good with mesh and they look much better than the old avatars from the early days of Second Life.
Hopefully this should improve new user retention rates and improve the experience for newbies getting started in Second Life. Along with the new community gateways that Linden Lab have introduced and I’m so pleased to hear the good news.
The Linden Endowment of the Arts (LEA) have announced round ten this week and for those that don’t know the LEA Land Grant program seeks to promote the arts in Second Life through a six month land grant. Land grants are expected to be completed and then to be open to the public within the six month grant period.
The Linden Endowment of the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.
November 2nd – Round 10 applications open
November 30th – Round 10 applications close
December 10th – Notifications sent out
January 1st – Hand over regions to recipients
June 30th – End of round 10
There is no one ‘right’ project that qualifies for a land grant. All types of art builds are considered, including immersive builds, highly technical and scripted work, and projects embracing collaborative, curatorial, or education projects. ANYONE has a chance at getting a sim, provided you can demonstrate that you have an idea for a great project and that you are able to complete it in the 6-month grant period.
Recipients will also be expected to present at least one event at some point within their residency. This could be an art opening, or it could be lectures or demonstrations. It could be an ongoing event, as well.