On Thursday 21st November Linden Lab posted a blog post on the return of last names. Last Names is now the most requested feature apparently on the lab to do list. The lab are now “furiously” going to make Last Names available by the end of January 2020. Last Names will be picked from a list and users can help Linden Lab curate the list.
Name Changes will be exclusively for Premium members at an additional fee (to be confirmed). Changing either First or Last Name will be available as a single transaction (US dollars TBC). For anyone signing up to Second Life in 2020 they will continue to have “resident” attached to their name unless they opt to Premium.
Linden Lab are holding a Last Names competition starting 16th December 2019 for all Second Life users (Basic and Premium users) to suggest suitable last names to the pool of last name options. The lab will pick five lucky residents will be able to change their names free of charge. The contest ends on 15th January 2020.
Participation details will be announced shortly!
There is now a big demand for Last Names in Second Life and it’s good to see the lab finally pushing ahead with a possible release sometime in the first few months or so of 2020. It’s more likely to happen in 2020 from the sounds of things.
Other announcement updates this week…
The Marketplace product listing enhancement fees will be reduced by 10% – effective 2nd December 2019
Improvements to the Events pages are now going ahead for 2020
A new membership level Premium Plus will be introduced in 2020
On 24th September 2019 Linden Lab posted a tiny bit on the return of Last Names almost hidden away in the middle of the blog post. The latest new status is now “Stay tuned for updates on when to expect the return of Last Names“.
Here is the only section relating to Last Names..
More to come!
There’s more in the works, too! Stay tuned for updates on when to expect the return of Last Names, availability of a new mobile app beta, changes to Premium options, improvements to Events, Search, the Destination Guide, and much more.
It’s good the lab are still thinking about returning Last Names but giving no projected time estimations on when that will happen is just not good enough sadly. During the past year including the recent Second Life birthday celebrations the lab have been saying “it’s still being worked on” and there are still complications associated with this process.
It would be nice if the lab could let the Second Life community know in-depth on the progress it’s making. I’m guessing we may hear something before the end of 2019 or early 2020 at the latest. It could possibly be rolled out before then. Linden Lab should of never got rid of Last Names in the first place I think.