Linden Lab have revamped the Second Life homepage this week which is now available to view. When you first visit the Second Life homepage there is a big shiny blue Second Life logo that appears for a few seconds then the main page loads up. There now is a picture of a avatar like person like from the Avatar movie with a moto saying Explore, Discover and Create.
A new world is waiting is featured on the left hand side with a Join Free blue button under that. There are some quick links in the top right corner for Download, Marketplace, Language, Login and Sign Up.
Moving towards the bottom half of the new look Second Life homepage there are three mini sections
Expect the Unexpected – explore the thousands of virtual experiences and communities
Remote Meetings Redefined – learn more about meetings in Second Life
Imagine the Possibilities – shop the Second Life Marketplace
Finally there are useful Second Life, Tilia and Linden Lab links at the bottom of the Second Life homepage.
Here is the full view of the new look Second Life homepage…
What do you think of the new look Second Life homepage ?
After months of waiting Linden Lab have now fixed the Inworld map tiles via the world map in Second Life which is fantastic news. Maestro Linden and Nat Linden worked directly on the re-coding of the Map Tile generation system for some time.
New Update posted on 19th April 2021 via Second Life Status page.
Monitoring – Hooray! We have a working system for generating map tiles again, along with a few other fixes to maps (zoom). We’re still monitoring the results. Thank you for your patience during this long wait, and happy navigating. Apr 19, 09:10 PDT
The Devs and QA teams at the lab have been working hard to bring the maps back and fix the zoom levels. If you visit SLURL (Second Life Maps) it now shows updated region tiles. Yay.
Alexa Linden shared the good news via Twitter on Saturday 17th April 2021.
Today 15th April 2021 mark’s Bellisseria second anniversary in Second Life. The second generation of Linden Homes started with Traditional and Houseboats. The Moles/Lindens released more Linden Home themes since then featuring Trailers/Campers, Victorian, Log Cabins, Stilts and now Chalets. There are more new themes reveals after SL18B has finished in early July 2021.
There will be a special celebration marking Bellisseria second anniversary. There will be partying planned for everyone at the Bellisseria Fairgrounds starting at 10am SLT today through until 4pm SLT. DJs will be playing tunes, there will be a particle show and a fireworks display. More details here.
The Bellisseria community has been growing more and more over the past few years. The Bellisseria inworld groups have been active every week with interesting discussions about a variety of things. The events have been awesome that have been hosted on Bellisseria. Great job! 🙂
When Bellisseria first opened to the public there was only 384 regions to explore back in April 2019 and there was huge excitement about it. Two years later the Bellisseria continent is supermassive that spans over 800+ regions connecting three existing continents on the grid. Wooot! 🙂
The first 80 SSP regions arrived on the grid back in late August 2008. The SSP thread on the Second Life Forums started soon after which today goes on for 215 pages. The growth of the Bellisseria continent has been fun seeing it progress over the past two years.
The Moles/Lindens have done a great job from building amazing new areas, appearing on interviews/events and most importantly improving the overall Premium experience. Everyone that has worked on this new continent for the past few years should be very proud of themselves of this huge achievement.
It’s still unclear what Linden Lab will do with the old Linden Homes from 2010. I think it would be good to see the regions moved closer to Bellisseria with water regions connecting them. Maybe the inactive areas/homes could be closed down to free up more space.
This time last year roughly the new log home continent opened with over 230 regions and over 4, 000 log homes. Today work on the east coast is still happening but it won’t be long until its all finished. The log home continent came with the expansion of the railway line, new water areas, new community area named Randelsham Forest and much more.
The Stilts and the Chalet Linden Homes have been added during the past 12 months. Due to the inworld map tiles not working (uplift) the chalet regions are not showing on the map below. It’s going to be great once this issue has been fixed to see the Chalet regions in full. Then it will be fun exploring around the new areas.
I can’t wait for the new Linden Homes to be announced and released hopefully later this year and next year.
Here are some of my favourite Bellisseria snapshots from the past two years.
For most now in the community it’s been very frustrating not being able to see updated map tiles on the world map in Second Life. From what I am hearing from various sources this is turning out to be a complex issue.
There is some good news though as there are two alternatives to view the world map. New improvements are being made on a regular basis.
Still no ETA from Linden Lab on when we can expect a possible fix.
Update – We are continuing to work on a fix for this issue. We appreciate your continued patience! Apr 2, 08:05 PDT
Update – Now that Uplift has finished we are working to restore the map tile functionality. We still do not have an ETA, but please follow this blog for updates and thank you for your patience! Jan 21, 11:23 PST
Identified – We have identified the issue and will be implementing a fix, but not not have an ETA for the resolution. Please note the map tile issue also affects new region owners as well as current owners. Thank you very much for your patience, and watch this blog for updates. Nov 19, 06:49 PST
Investigating – We are aware that currently inworld map tiles are not updating, and we are working on the issue. We appreciate your patience. Please watch this blog for further updates. Nov 18, 16:10 PST
We are now four months into 2021 and it’s time to look at the latest Second Life grid statistics to see what’s going on.
New: Traffic Lights
Green: Stats showing positive growth
Orange: Stats remaining stable / possible rise soon
Red: Decline in the stats / data stopped
Second Life Regions
Good news is that the Second Life grid is showing positive net growth at the moment. Most of the growth is coming from the expansion of the Bellisseria continent with new Linden owned regions being added. As many know already the lab connected the Bellisseria continent with Satori continent.
The Second Life land store is open which is making a positive difference now to the grid numbers overall. There has been more interest in private estates since the end of 2020 which is fantastic news. Let’s hope this positive trend will continue for the rest of 2021 and into 2022.
The Second Life grid size as of 11th April 2021
Total Main Grid Regions: 26, 504
Private Estates: 17, 864
Linden Owned: 8, 640
Total Area: 1736.97 (KM)
As of 28th February 2021
Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 729
Private Estates: 17, 302
Linden Owned: 8, 427
Back on 27th December 2020
Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 614
Private Estates: 17, 084
Linden Owned: 8, 531
Second Life Daily Concurrency
The Second Life daily concurrency levels have remained steady since the start of 2021. There have not been any huge peaks in the maximum daily concurrency yet. The highest recorded so far for 2021 was on 29th March 2021 with 57, 767 residents online.
It would be nice to see the daily concurrency surpass 60, 000 in the months ahead. Between March 2020 and May 2020 the daily average maximum Second Life user concurrency stayed around the 60, 000 mark.
April 2021 Daily Concurrency Stats
Maximum Daily Concurrency: 51, 000 to 57, 000
Median Daily Concurrency: 41, 000 to 45, 000
Minimum Daily Concurrency: 31, 000 to 34, 000
Second Life Signups
It seems that the Second Life Grid Survey no longer publishes daily metrics for Resident Signups to date. The last update was made on 21st October 2020 with 64, 687, 961 total residents.
This was a useful metric to see the population growth in Second Life and hopefully the data feeds will resume soon.
Second Life Website Traffic
It appears that during February 2021 SecondLife.com traffic dropped to 9.4 million visits. Back in December 2020 it peaked at 12.7 million visits. During March 2021 the website traffic increased to 11 million visits. I would imagine the website traffic will increase in the months ahead.
On 1st April 2021 Linden Lab announced two new limited edition last names which are only available until Thursday 8th April 2021. The reason for these new limited edition last names is “in appreciation of our Anthro/Furry community in Second Life”. Woooot! 🙂
For anyone that wants to change their last name in Second Life you must have a premium account. For the annual membership it’s USD 99.00 per year or for the quarterly membership it’s USD 39.56 per quarter or a monthly membership it’s USD 14.39 per month. For more details about upgrading click here.
Linden Lab mentioned in the blog post that they will continue to make additional updates to the available last names pool soon. I have highlighted the new ones in yellow above and hopefully the next lot of last names will stay in the available last names pool for longer.
I wonder what other new last names the lab will come up with next.