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.
According to Tyche Shepherd via VirtualVerse on 23rd September 2018 the year to date for private estates net change is now positive with the addition of 45 regions (0.3% growth) since 31st December 2017. This means the total amount of main grid regions has regrown to the size it was back in April 2017. Yay! 🙂
This is very good news to hear positive growth for private estates in 2018 so far. I think the summer price reductions on land this year in Second Life has made a positive difference this year. The grid is slowly growing again and I hope this trend will continue.
Here are the latest Second Life region statistics as of 30th September 2018:
Main Grid Regions: 23, 785
Private Estates: 16, 146
Linden Owned: 7, 639
YTD Net Change for Private Estates: +40 (0.2% increase over the year)
– Adult rated regions: 5, 864 – (24.7% of the grid)
– General rated regions: 2, 909 – (12.2% of the grid)
Maximum Daily Concurrency: 50, 000
Minimum Daily Concurrency: 28, 000
Median Daily Concurrency: 42, 000
Second Life Signups
As of 30th September 2018 there have been 56, 326, 674 signups for Second Life to date.
The new SSP regions are now starting to take shape with the new addition of either pathways or roads from the middle upwards of the continent. It looks like new docking areas have been added around the coastline. New waterways have formed which will be great to sail through when it’s fully completed.
Just a month ago the SSP regions looked rather empty. see below. Today (above snapshot) so much has changed and it’s exciting to see what the regions will look like in a months time.
It’s unknown still what the regions will be used for but many are saying it could be used for new Linden Homes, new Horizons Homes or new Linden Realm games. Maybe the regions will be just for just premium members / new premium homes.
2nd September 2018
20th August 2018
Still no official announcements from Linden Lab on what these regions will be used for. Hopefully the lab will announce something before the end of 2018.
Check out my Enchanted Fantasy Sunday adventures in Second Life. It’s definitely worth visiting if you have not been before. There are deers to spot around the region, tons of pumpkins and all things Autumn.