There are vendors dotted around the 2019 SL Christmas Expo regions where you can now buy the first ever Ebbe Linden Bear for a one off L$250 donation which goes to the American Cancer Society. Wooot!!! 🙂
Ebbe Altberg joined Linden Lab as CEO back in early February 2014 and for years there has been a demand from the SL community for Ebbe to create his own Linden Bear. It’s great that he now has a Linden Bear for everyone to collect now.
Around 6am SLT today the 2019 SL Christmas Expo opened it’s doors to the public. Shortly afterwards the Linden Reveal region opened up to everyone showcasing the new 4th Linden Home theme which is Victorian. From first glance the new area looks beautiful and I think the Moles have done a great job.
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
Great news to share this week is that The American Caner Society have announced that the 2019 Strides Campaign raised a very impressive grand total of $13,633 USD (a $5,000 increase over 2018). The Strides Campaign helps all those dealing with breast cancer and helps them to search for a cure.
Congratulations to all those that participated this year who have made a positive difference in this world. There were many communities in Second Life who organised their own campaigns and who participated in the general Strides campaign. All funds raised through the 2019 Strides Campaigns in Second Life are used by the American Cancer Society to contribute to breast cancer research and breast cancer patient services.
Top Strides Campaigns that raised over $2,500 include Camping for A Cure & Bikers for BOObies.
The BCA ROCKFEST & Out Shop Cancer raised more than $1,000 each.
Strides Campaigns that raised between $500 – $1,000 include Rockin’ for the Knockers, Pink Power Fest/Strides Walk, and the Tuesday Night Dance Party.
Notable campaigns who raised between $100 – $500 include Winter Is Coming, Kaiila Mahoney & the Gorean community, FABGlibber Women’s Club, Fight Like A Girl Photo Contest, Club Cathedral Dark Desires, Sanctuary Rockers, and Roos With A Dream.
If you would like to become a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Second Life, please contact Stingray9798 Raymaker or email firstname.lastname@example.org.