New Premium Levels Coming Soon


Linden Lab are working on new Premium levels after the successful take-up of Premium Plus. The lab are looking to deploy the first of Premium levels by the end of 2022.

The news came from this week’s web user meeting for reference. Watch the whole meeting here including other Second Life project updates too.

The lab will be making a formal announcement about the new Premium levels (side versions) and what’s included by early November 2022 at the earliest depending on progress of course. In 2023 there could be multiple subscription levels and options to pick from.

Generally speaking more news about Premium levels should be announced by the start of November 2022 (it could be pushed back).

Keep a look out on the Second Life blog and via inworld user group meetings.

2022 Halloween Shop & Hop Opens Thursday 6th October At 9am PT


Halloween is fast approaching!

This year’s 2022 Second Life Halloween Shop & Hop event will be opening to the public at 9am PT on Thursday 6th October through until Tuesday 1st November 2022. This is a multi-region inworld shopping event.

There are over 320+ Second Life content creators participating this year across 16 regions. Come and celebrate Halloween through October featuring amazing gifts and much more. This is a great opportunity to discover interesting brands offering loads of cool stuff.

Visit the Second Life Halloween Shop & Hop regions here.

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Halloween Shop & Hop 2022 regions

Please spread the word 🙂

Second Life Premium Plus Members Who Use SpeedLight Get More Benefits


Breaking News

On Tuesday 4th October Linden Lab officially announced that Premium Plus members who use the SpeedLight to access Second Life will now get more benefits.

The new benefits include the following…

  • Unlimited online time at SpeedLight
  • Advanced 3D World view
  • Prioritised support (tickets and live chat)

Having unlimited online time sounds pretty good along with advanced 3D World View with more support. The Speedlight mobile app has been around for awhile now and its already proving popular with the Second Life community.

The Speedlight app is on Android and IOS along with the web browser version. In corporation with Linden Lab – v25 (September 2022) update:

The Speedlight mobile app is already popular with many of our community members since it enables Residents to stay connected with Second Life while on the go, and now Premium Plus subscribers get access to additional Speedlight benefits: no online time limitations along with prioritised online support. Now you can enjoy Second Life on your mobile devices (or in a web browser) with the freedom to stay connected as long as you like! To get these benefits, all you need to do is access Second Life using SpeedLight with your Premium Plus account

SpeedLight is free! The only limitation is 6 hour online time (you can re-login immediately). The additional Gold facility adds unlimited online time to your avatar”.

SpeedLight features:- Second Life search- friends list- local chat, group chats, IMs- IM autoresponder- group management- inventory management- L$ transactions history- and other Second Life featuresGold (premium) features:- advanced 3D- unlimited online time- mass IMs- message templates- mass messaging”.

Please spread the word and give it a go on the SpeedLight app. Feel free to post your views in the comments section below.

12th Annual SL Christmas Expo 2022 Starts 2nd to 11th December


This year’s 12th annual Second Life Christmas Expo for 2022 will be starting on Friday 2nd December through until Sunday 11th December. The theme for the 2022 SL Christmas Expo is The Magic Of Holiday Stories.

The SL Christmas Expo is a mega annual event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society and the expo will be once again supporting the Childhood Cancer initiatives of The Society. All money proceeds of the SL Christmas Expo will be sent to the research, support programs etc to help children with cancer.

There will be the annual entertainment with live music and special events during the expo to enjoy like in previous years. The teleport links to the SL Christmas Expo will be published on 2nd December 2022.

More news will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned for that.

Linden Lab Acquires CasperTech


On Wednesday 14th September Linden Lab announced that CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc. This new acquisition will “ensure ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities”.

  • See the FAQ here for more details via Reddit

This is interesting news and it makes me wonder how many more new acquisitions the lab will make in the years to come. From what I am hearing is that there are mixed responses already to this news and it’s raising concerns already across the grid. The lab says this acquisition will be a positive change for Second Life residents and CasperTech customers moving forward.

“CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services”.

“You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.”

There is active discussion going on in this forum thread on the Second Life Forums. Check out the Lab Gab episode (full video above) for more details about the acquisition featuring Patch Linden and Casper Warden.

Here is the full blog post…

Greetings Second Lifers!

Today is a really big day for all of us together and we are excited to share that the Second Life portion of CasperTech is being acquired by Linden Research, Inc.

CasperTech has provided various business related services within Second Life for 13 years. Over that time, CaperTech has proudly provided continuous service for tens of thousands of Second Life businesses, and it has remained steadfast in its commitment to the merchants who have depended on those services.

This acquisition will ensure that all of the existing CasperTech services in Second Life will continue to operate without interruption into the foreseeable future, but it also opens up brand new opportunities to vastly improve the experience for our users as our next step in the CasperTech and Second Life journey.  

You can expect to see the same great services that you know and love continue on, with all of the same functionality you enjoy today, but with closer integration into the Second Life ecosystem – and as such, an even more reliable and convenient experience.

We wouldn’t have gone forward with this move if we weren’t absolutely confident that it will be a positive change for all Residents and CasperTech customers.

We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are, and we thank you for your continued support as we all step boldly into the future together!

We have started a forum discussion here for anyone interested in participating with questions.
You can also watch Casper and I on a special pre-recorded Lab Gab today at 10:30am SLT!

What do you think of this acquisition announcement from the lab ?

Newbrooke: North Houseboats Extension Update (11/9/22)


New houseboats extension update

For the past few months the Moles have been working hard over at the new houseboats extension north of the Newbrooke sub continent just west of the Satori continent in Second Life. Hundreds of new houseboats are have already been placed there and more are on the way on the north/east side areas soon.

The new formed water channel from the south (SSPSloop John B) to the north (SSPTiedown Inlet) looks good which actually flows into the new connection regions SSPSteady On and SSPDeep Anchor linking it to the Satori continent. Many have used the new airstrip (two new runways) in the SSPShell Yeah region flying all over the Bellisseria continent. It’s unclear what will fill the huge blue void will be used for in the far south.

New batch of 15 SSP regions arrived on the east coast of the log homes continent earlier in September 2022 starting with the SSPOrillas Nuevas region highlighted in yellow. More Stilt Linden homes have been added in these regions.

New SSP regions arrive on the grid

Good progress is still being made and more new development is in the works until the end of 2022. Yay! 🙂

SSP Development Regions nOW sHOWING Up aS “oFFLINE”


SSP Development Regions – 12th August 2022

For most of 2022 there has not been really much activity going on over at the SSP development regions which is mainly used for the Moles to work on the next Linden Home theme (closed to the public). Almost all of the regions when clicked says invalid location so who knows what’s going on.

This week 98% (at least 60) of the SSP development regions are now showing now showing up as “offline” which is a huge development change I think. There is a small amount of SSP regions left in the area now and in nearby areas. It looks like the Moles may have a new plan for the future of SSP development regions.

It’s unclear what will happen to the SSP development area going forward and if they indeed go offline in the days ahead it would be a small decline in total regions for Second Life for this week.

SSP Development Regions – 12th August 2022

For the rest of this week and next it’s worth checking these SSP regions to see if they remain on the grid or go offline.

More updates soon! 🙂

Newbrooke: New Land Mass Arrives


New SSP regions arrive on the grid

Within the past 12 hours or so at least 12 new SSP regions have arrived just north of the Newbrooke sub continent. They are not showing up on the world map yet but they do show up on the Mini-Map if you expand it. The region names do appear if you put your mouse over it for a few seconds or so.

The region of interest is SSP Tiedown Inlet because it’s got a deep channel facing the Stromberg region (possible connection point soon) which is located west of the Satori continent. “Satori is linked to the North with Nautilus and to the North-East with Blake Sea”. I think the Belliseria continent linking up with the Satori continent is a good move in the right direction. Hopefully the connection region will come online in the days/weeks ahead.

You can expect to see active new development in these new SSP regions in the days and weeks ahead. More Linden homes are coming really soon and further expansion in terms of new land is expected before the end of 2022.

New land is here

Stay tuned for development updates on my blog soon.

New Second Life Forum Guidelines


At the end of July 2022 the lab announced new Second Life Forum guidelines which is being talked about alot recently it seems. As many have already noticed the lab have added “some clarity to the sections” on the Second Life Forums to “enhance everyone’s participation”. It’s more structured now when you visit today with pinned sub sections along with the updated guidelines.

It appears many are finding these new forum guidelines very unpopular. During the last two years there has been a rise in concerning threads etc relating to non-related Second Life topics.

The lab wants to help the Second Life community understand what type of topics belong in each category of the forums.

Allowed: We encourage you to participate by posting anything related to Second Life discussions that don’t quite fit in our other sub-forums. These are just guidelines, so please use your best judgment when posting if it is not explicitly stated here!

Not Allowed:In addition to adhering to the @Community Standards, please refrain from posting content discussing inflammatory content (Politics, Social Justice issues and Interpersonal disputes), Anything that doesn’t relate directly to Second Life/Linden Lab, Generic posts (like “Post a random animal picture!” versus an acceptable “Post your Second Life pets!”), etc. These are just guidelines, so please use your best judgment when posting if it is not explicitly stated here!“.

Keira Linden is open to feedback about the new guidelines announced recently and the best way is emailing her at keira-at-lindenlab.com.

Hopefully things will calm down now with the new guidelines in place on the forums.

Second Life Region Statistics – July 2022 Update


Since the start of 2022 Second Life has been growing steadily showing positive net growth for Private Estates and Linden Owned regions. At least 300 new regions have been added since the start of 2022 which is amazing and hopefully hundreds more will arrive in the months ahead.

The growth again has mostly come from the expansion of the Bellisseria continent (Linden owned regions) which still having a positive effect on the overall grid numbers (Newbrooke expansion etc). More Linden Owned regions are expected to arrive on the grid between now and the end of 2022. It will be interesting to see the total amount later in the year to see the overall growth for 2022.

Since the start of 2021 there has been roughly 2, 000 new regions that have been added on the grid which is pretty cool. By the end of 2023/early 2024 at the current rates I estimate it may reach the 28, 000 regions mark. The big issue would be if the inflation rate goes up the grid may suffer in the winter months ahead (a recession hits or something major). Anything is possible and it’s not clear what impact it could have.

Here are the latest Second Life region statistics as of Sunday 24th July 2022.

  • Total: 27, 575
  • Private Estates: 18, 326
  • Linden Owned: 9, 249

Here are the region statistics from 2nd January 2022…

  • Total: 27, 231
  • Private Estates: 18, 332
  • Linden Owned: 8, 909

Here are the region statistics from 3rd January 2021….

  • Total: 25, 555
  • Private Estates: 17, 024
  • Linden Owned: 8, 531

One thing is for sure is that Second Life is growing after 19 years being online and hopefully this growth trend will continue for some time yet.