The New Welcome Island Regions


The New Welcome Islands

Linden Lab are currently working on the new user experience for Second Life at the moment which will be rolled out in the months ahead. All new residents joining Second Life today still go through the Learning Islands followed by the Social Islands. Soon new residents will most likely be sent though the new revamped Welcome Islands.

The new Welcome islands came online on 27th June 2021. I would imagine the lab will add a big cluster of these Welcome Islands at some point in the near future near the social/learning islands.

At first glance there new Welcome Islands main areas seem half the size of the current Learning Islands/Social Islands. I suppose the good thing is that the tutorials/orientation there will be pretty new and updated. At the moment there appears to be three Welcome Islands (Welcome Island, Welcome Island Build and Welcome Island QA). The Welcome Back Island region is linked with the Welcome Islands. These are closed to the public as the lab are testing them currently.

The New Welcome Island Guidebook

The new Welcome Island Guidebook is available to view by using the default Second Life official viewer (6.4.20.560520) which is apart of Viewer UI Project now. The new Welcome Island Guidebook covers the basics from how to move your avatar & camera, how to use nearby chat, IM and voice, interacting with objects, changing your avatar, avatar attachments and finding places to go. There is the ability to click next or back when going through the guidebook sections. There is a small toggle in the top right which brings up the Guidebook Menu to skip whole sections. There is a clickable image to return to Welcome Island which is not working yet.

The new Welcome Island Guidebook has alot of useful pages to click through with updated screenshots of the UI and the basics. The lab have not released any ETA for when the new welcome islands will open to new users.

New User Experience In 2021

Current new user experience through the Learning Islands/Social Islands

My New User Experience Back In 2006

I remember when I signed up to Teen Second Life back on 31st October 2006 when I was 16 years old and I had to go through TG orientation island. After that I was teleported straight to the welcome area (Lewis) where I started my virtual adventures. There was actually a few Teen Help Islands back then but they were never really used/disabled access.

The starting point back then was through Orientation Island 5 and the Orientation Island TG was used as a overflow region. The TSL Volunteer Island was used for a few years for the TG mentor program but then the program was closed down. I know many started on Orientation Island followed by Help Islands then after that landing on various welcome areas across the main grid. Tutorial Island is still open which is a copy version of the Ivory Tower Library of Primitives.

I took this screenshot of the TG orientation regions back on 31st May 2008

The New User Experience Today

I know many started on Orientation Island followed by Help Islands then after that landing on various welcome areas across the main grid. Today there are just two existing Help Island Public regions which are open to everyone to revisit if they wish. Orientation Island Public is still open today which is near a welcome area called Waterhead.

Over the years the lab have rolled out many different new user experience regions from Help islands, Greeter islands, Discovery islands, Learning/Social islands and now with the new Welcome Islands launching very soon. Some methods have worked during the past 18 years and some have not worked well.

I think having a Welcome island is definitely a good thing for new residents joining Second Life and I hope at some point the lab will bring back the mentor program revamped.

The old new user experience regions

I will post more soon about the new user experience when further developments take place.

6th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show Press Release


The 6th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show takes place from 7th June to 13th June 2021 in Second Life featuring photographers, artists, live music and giveaways. Here is the official press release and poster. Feel free to share and pass around to promote the fantastic arts of Second Life.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

6th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show

Dates: June 7 to 13, 2021

Location: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/156/135/26

The 6th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show will take place June 7 to 13, 2021 and will feature art, photography, live music, and giveaways! This event will feature both a juried and non juried competition component, where artists will compete for prizes in a variety of categories.

This years participants artists are: 4pril Resident, Amanda, Angel Heartsong, Anouk Lefavre, Cutewillow Carlberg, Dandilyon Jinx, Dawnbeam Dreamscape, Deynira Yalin, Elise Sirnah, Eucalyptus Carroll, Eve Petlyakov, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes Huntsman, Kacey Macbeth, Kapaan Resident, Klint Kord, Lena Kopiak, Matt Thomson, Myra Wildmist, Ohara Takamori, Phoenix, Roxcee Resident, Sabine Mortenwold, Sandor, Sevant Anatra, Sheba Blitz, Slatan Dryke, Tempest Rosca, Vanessa Jane, Veruca Tammas, Viktor Savior, & Vita Theas.

The following live vocalists and musicians will provide entertainment throughout the art show:  Mimi Carpenter, Abby Jaidov, Lyric Serendipity, Rapid Randy, Bubbles Song, Suzen Juel, Ziggy Sixpence, Jackie Lefko, Dee Timeless, Thunderfoot, Aislen Sings, J Lively, Sarita, and Sam Qenda.

About Kultivate:Kultivate  consists of Kultivate Music Management, Kultivate Magazine, and the Kultivate Galleries. The goal of Kultivate is tosupport art, culture, photography, music, and fashion. Kultivate Magazine is proud to be the media partner and primary sponsor of Team Diabetes of Second Life, an official and authorized team for The American Diabetes Association

For More Information:
https://www.kultivatemagazine.com/6th-annual-spring-art-show/
www.kultivatemagazine.com
www.kultivatemusicmanagement.net

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

MONDAY, JUNE 7:
-8am slt – Art Show Opens
Daily Giveaways: 10 Backdrops
-3pm to 4pm slt – live musician Mimi Carpenter
-4pm to 5pm slt – live musician Abby Jaidov

TUESDAY, JUNE 8:
Daily Giveaways: 10 Slideshow Frames
-3pm to 4pm slt – live vocalist Lyric Serendipity
-4pm to 5pm slt – live vocalist Rapid Randy

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9:
Daily Giveaways: 10 Pose Packs
-3pm slt – live vocalist Bubbles Song
-4pm slt – live musician Suzen Juel

THURSDAY, JUNE 10:
Daily Giveaways: 10 Giftcards
-1pm slt – live musician Ziggy Sixpence
-2pm slt – live vocalist Jackie Lefko

FRIDAY, JUNE 11:
Daily Giveaways: 10 Giftcards
-6pm slt – live musician Dee Timeless
-7pm slt – live musician Thunderfoot

SATURDAY, JUNE 12:
Daily Giveaways: 5 Inverse Skyboxes
-5pm slt – live vocalist Aislen Sings
-6pm slt – live musician J Lively

SUNDAY, JUNE 13:
Daily Giveaways: 2 Inverse 3D Environment 360 View Skyboxes
-1pm slt – Awards Ceremony
-2pm slt – live vocalist Sarita
-3pm slt – live vocalist Samm Quenda
-1130 pm slt – Art Show Ends

Come and join in today! 🙂

Ebbe Altberg Has Passed Away


I am deeply shocked to hear the sad news about Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab has passed away. Today Patch Linden posted this tribute blog post named Remembering Ebbe. My deepest condolences to all who knew him.

The cause of Ebbe’s passing has not been made public according to various sources. The last public appearance of Ebbe was earlier this year at OZ Linden retriement gathering event.

Ebbe Altberg became CEO of Linden Lab back on 5th February 2014 and changed Second Life for the better in my eyes. Ebbe brought more transparency between the lab and the Second Life community. Ebbe had good communications going on via Twitter with the residents of Second Life. He attended VWBPE many times over the years and other big events. He participated in Lab Gab many times, launched his own Linden Bear in 2019 and had many great memories with the community.

First meet and greet with Ebbe back on 18th February 2014. Ebbe said this back then “Second Life is just at the beginning of something huge and he hopes to make the online world more engaging and more social. He wants Second Life to be more appealing to a larger audience and to have a massive scale of users using Second Life in the long-term”. 

I think Ebbe was the best CEO Second Life ever had after Philip Rosedale departure. It’s going to feel strange now without him not being around any more.

Ebbe understood Second Life and made a huge difference in so many ways. Like bringing in Project Bento, Mesh, EEP, annual snowball fights, attending big events, reduced mainland costs, launched the second generation of Linden Homes and so much more.

As many know he worked on Sansar for many years while managing Second Life on the other hand and believed VR was the way forward.

The blog post reads this…

Hello, Community of Second Life

Second Life found new highs in 2020 between a worldwide pandemic taking grip, through the times of a tumultuous leadership change in the United States, and during movements of civil changes that will forever live in history books.  Second Life provides many with the comfort of a normal that continues to exist for all of us, where many use it to escape real life pressures, stressors and day to day challenges. In Second Life we can be our ideal, our best, celebrate all that is good across the world together.  Sadly we have also seen some people go, and they will never be forgotten as they touched us, gave us their best from their hearts, minds and souls – this thing called real life sometimes knocks on our door and makes a call.   

This is one of those calls.

Ebbe Altberg started with Linden Lab as our CEO on February 5th, 2014.  He took the helm of the company and immediately went to work on reinvigorating our spirit and culture.  Ebbe brought a profound openness, and transparency in his operation which was key and that had many effects on all of us internally, and externally.  Lindens were encouraged to be part of the vibrant community in Second Life, to participate in and to cherish it as part of our daily duties.  Ebbe also worked internally on embracing all aspects of Second Life, learning about its many nuances to understand impacts of decisions we make; while being sensitive to those and utilizing all of our resources, which firstly included you, the community, and many of us who are deeply embedded in Second Life.  Ebbe’s goals for Second Life included promoting Second Life as the world’s best virtual world, community and platform.  He also sought new adventures in building next generation products.

As I am here before you today, it is with profound sadness that I share with you Ebbe passed away yesterday evening restfully and surrounded by the love of his family. 

I commit to all of you to carry forward with our mission of making Second Life the biggest, best, most vibrant virtual world that there ever can be.  Together, myself, Grumpity, and Brett, along with Oberwolf at the helm and the entire team, our mission is clear.  To grow Second Life and to ensure the Residents in Second Life continue to be respected and happy.
 
Rest in peace Ebbe, our fearless, kind, loving, gentle leader, and friend.

Rest in peace Ebbe. You will be deeply be missed.

Second Life won’t be the same now.

(Ebbe Linden: 2014-2021)

Second Life Mobile App For iOS Not Ready Yet


During this week’s Second Life web user group meeting Keira Linden said (+4 minutes) that the Second Life mobile app hasn’t gone to the app store just yet for approval because the lab are still working on it. The lab are now spending their attention on Second Life 18th birthday celebrations which will open in two weeks time. Apparently there will be new last names announced soon and some of them will be referencing to this year’s birthday theme which will be time limited editions.

The web team at the lab have been working on the following during the past month…

  • Upgrading internal tools work including the payments system
  • Cleanup of the cookie footer on the Second Life webpage
  • There was a issue with buying Linden Dollars using non-us currency – fixed pretty quick
  • Fixed the issue with quick fill on the Second Life marketplace
  • Added the updated the Second Life logo on more pages
  • Minor text cleanup and fixed some formatting errors
  • Added some fixes for control panel on the old Linden Homes
  • Most of the past month the web team has been in the new work flow process on getting projects done including the backend systems

After 5 minutes the Keira opened the floor to questions. Some general interesting points mentioned after this point…

  • New categories are coming within the next three months or so for the Second Life Marketplace
  • Second Life JIRA is the best place to report bugs, ideas and feature requests for Second Life (the lab look at this every week)
  • Skill Gaming user group is in the works
  • No updates on Premium Plus yet > the lab are still thinking about it > revisiting it in the next few months
  • Meet the Lindens series to be confirmed for SL18B
  • Grid scope experiences – the lab are still thinking about it
  • Large scripts – not on the radar yet
  • Some further fine tuning still do for AWS

About Web User Group Meetings

“The Web User Group meeting is a monthly, public meeting intended for discussion of issues around our Web properties such as Marketplace, Profiles, Place Pages, Search, etc. Keira, Spidey, Grumpity & Reed Linden are the moderators. Please bring your questions & requests.”

BURN2 Events In Second Life During 2021


BURN2 Playa 2019

For those that love the annual virtual BURN2 events in Second Life here are the upcoming BURN2 events happening during 2021. Mark these events on your calendars and join in with the fun. Planning is underway for all these events that will be happening at the BURN2 regions on the grid.

The Octoburn is the big event of the year and the size of the Octoburn playa will be double this year from six regions to a total of 12 regions. The Man and The Temple will hopefully burn again this year. Woooot! 🙂

Upcoming BURN2 Events

+ Conception: 9th July – 11th July 2021 – Theme: Emergence

+ BURNSTOCK: 23rd July to 25th July 2021

+ Virtual Burn: 29th August to 5th September 2021

+ Octoburn: 8th October to 17th October 2021 – Theme: The Great Unknown

+ Skin Burn: 30th October 2021

BURN2 Snapshots From The Past

Stay updated on the latest BURN2 news here.

Second Life Daily Concurrency Levels – January 2021 to May 2021


2021 daily concurrency levels highlighted in blue

We are now six months into 2021 and it’s time to look back at the Second Life daily concurrency levels so far this year. As you can see in the graph above 2021 has been mostly been steady in terms of the daily active users in Second Life with no major high peaks. There have been various drops in the overall active users counts due grid issues though.

At the start of the year I did think the daily maximum count may surpass the 60, 000 mark but that has not happened yet. It got closer to the 60, 000 mark back in late March 2021 and you know there could be a good chance it may happen later this year.

2021 Highs & Lows

  • Highest peak so far in 2021 > 57, 746 – 24th March 2021
  • Lowest drop so far in 2021 > 19, 842 – 31st March 2021

Breakdown – As of 30th May 2021

  • Maximum Daily Concurrency – 53, 000 (average peak)
  • Median Daily Concurrency – 40, 000 to 42, 000 (average)
  • Minimum Daily Concurrency – 30, 000 (average)

Daily Concurrency Levels During The Past 60 Days

Daily concurrency levels from April 2021 to June 2021

To keep track of the Second Life Main Grid Stats see here. There is real time data of inworld online users and the exchange rate worth checking out. The Second Life registered users data stopped working back on 21st October 2020 showing 64, 687, 961 total resident signups.

Second Life Grid Size

Since the start of 2021 Second Life has been growing steadily in terms of the size of the main grid. Private Estates has shown positive net growth this year which is good to see. Linden owned regions have been growing throughout 2021 which is due to the lab adding new Linden Homes. Yay! 🙂

Here are the latest grid region statistics as of 30th May 2021.

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 26, 873
  • Private Estates: 18, 252
  • Linden Owned: 8, 621

Back on 11th April 2021

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 26, 504
  • Private Estates: 17, 864
  • Linden Owned: 8, 640

Back on 27th December 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 25, 614
  • Private Estates: 17, 084
  • Linden Owned: 8, 531

Historical Stats 2013 to 2020


Back on 20th January 2020

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Private Estates: 16, 036
  • Linden Owned: 8, 111

On 2nd June 2019

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 24, 147
  • Private Estates: 16, 130
  • Linden Owned: 8, 017

On 30th December 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 811
  • Private Estates: 16, 120
  • Linden Owned: 7, 691

18th March 2018

  • Total Main Grid Regions: 23, 298
  • Private Estates: 16, 058
  • Linden Owned: 7, 240

31st December 2017

  • Total Main Grid regions: 23, 332
  • Private Estates: 16, 106
  • Linden Owned: 7, 226

3rd January 2016

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
  • Private Estates: 17, 775
  • Linden Owned: 7, 111

On 4th January 2015

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 25, 611
  • Private Estates: 18, 579
  • Linden Owned: 7, 032 

On 5th January 2014

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 26, 227
  • Private Estates: 19, 241
  • Linden Owned: 6, 986

On 6th January 2013

  • Total number of Main Grid regions: 28, 036
  • Private Estates: 20, 921
  • Linden Owned: 7, 115

Later this month the Second Life platform turns 18 years old and at the moment the metrics look good. Hopefully the metrics will show even more growth during 2021 into 2022. It’s really good seeing the Second Life grid growing and not declining like in the early 2010s.