Lab Gab Episode 19 Summary – LL staff say “stay safe, stay virtual”


On Friday 27th March Lab Gab episode 19 was broadcasted live with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab and Brett Linden Senior Director of Marketing. There was discussion about the coronavirus outbreak, Second Life and Sansar. It was a pretty interesting show.

Here is a brief summary on the latest new updates.

Coronavirus Outbreak

  • All Linden Lab offices are closed. The co-lo data centre is open for access.
  • It is not anticipated that Second Life should experience any significant service interruptions going forward.
  • The lab have been saying “stay safe, stay virtual” during meetings and calls.
  • The lab have concerns about the virus and its impact it may have on family/friends.
  • Linden Lab formation is to work remotely from home (its been like that for years).

Second Life 

  • Second Life is a very established & profitable company.
  • Name Changes just a very few weeks away from launching.
  • New registrations for Second Life are up by 60% with a rise in concurrency around 10% overall due to cities around the world being locked down.
  • Returning users are up in Second Life – increase in those that have not logged into Second Life for some time.
  • IOS Mobile Companion (IMs & group messaging) is now very close to Alpha status. Work has started on the Android version.
  • Linden Lab is committed to the cloud uplift to AWS / Google until the end of 2020.
  • New Second Life Book Club will launch on 8th April 2020 along with a monthly event. Showcase streams will be a series of “drop in” video streams that will showcase music and art events in Second Life.

Sansar

  • Around 30 staff at Sansar have been offered to join the new Sansar under Wookey Project Corp.
  • Sansar new focus will be on virtual events in the music and entertainment sectors.
  • Tilia will continue to be used for Sansar Dollar transactions

Here is the full episode below…

Second Life Maximum Daily Concurrency Peaks At 56, 148 During Coronavirus Crisis


According to the Second Life Grid Survey the maximum daily concurrency in #SecondLife reached 56, 148 on 22nd March 2020. The median daily concurrency average at the moment is around 42, 000. It’s getting a little higher every week but no huge peaks in the max daily concurrency yet due to the current Coronavirus crisis.

If things get worse in the next few weeks and months then I think the Second Life daily concurrency levels will go up due to the strict lockdowns across the world. If any new huge peak occurs soon then I will blog about it.

Second Life Grid Survey Data

What do you think the concurrency levels will be in the weeks and months ahead ?

Lab Gab Episode 19 With Ebbe Linden & Brett Linden – 10am SLT Live This Friday


Ebbe Linden & Brett Linden will be speaking live on Lab Gab episode 19 from 10am SLT on Friday 27th March 2020. You can expect to hear the latest news on the Coronavirus public health crisis and how the lab are dealing with it.

There could be updates on Linden Homes, Last Names, Sansar and much more.

The full blog announcement…

Join our host, Strawberry Linden, as she speaks with the CEO of Linden Lab, Ebbe Linden, and Senior Director of Marketing, Brett Linden. Ebbe and Brett will be discussing how Linden Lab is responding to the public health crisis to ensure uninterrupted Second Life operations, as well as how the company is offering new remote turnkey solutions for conferences, events, or classes.

Do you have any questions for Ebbe or Brett about any of these or other topics that you’d like Strawberry to ask them on your behalf? Fill out the Google Form and submit your question today, and it may be selected!

Tune in on Friday, March 27th at 10am PT/SLT. Watch us live on YouTubeFacebookMixer, or Periscope!

Please spread the word.

Message from Ebbe Altberg on Coronavirus and Second Life Operations


Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab has posted a message on the Second Life blog today on the latest Coronavirus situation and Second Life Operations.

The lab are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents in Second Life during this outbreak.

The full blog post in full…

As concerns about the current coronavirus outbreak continue, we want to assure the community that we have taken steps to ensure that the Second Life operations stay steady while also helping our employees stay safe through this public health crisis. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who have been affected by this unprecedented event. 

Second Life will continue to be available without interruption as we get through this tough time together. Due to our previous crisis contingency planning and the flexible nature of our distributed workforce, we are not expecting any changes to response times for support inquiries and payment processing. 

We know that Second Life serves a great purpose for our community as people seek ways to stay in touch with their friends and co-workers, as they grapple with new social distancing protocols, mandated remote work requirements, and other precautionary measures. 

With the closure of many universities and displaced conferences and events, Second Life also continues to be an option for disrupted organizations looking for new remote work, classroom or event solutions. To help, we recently implemented a reduction in pricing to a flat $99/month per region for qualified education and nonprofit organizations.

We are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents during this outbreak. Please be kind and welcoming to those who may just need a friendly conversation to escape from this crazy world for a moment or more. If you have a friend or colleague who is looking for a safe place to socialize online during these tough times, we encourage you to help them discover how Second Life can enable them to feel less isolated by connecting them to your favorite communities or experiences.

Like many companies across the globe, we’ve put into action new remote work policies for our employees to ensure that they can take care of themselves and their families while continuing to work from home. Prior to this incident, a large percentage of our company was already working from the “Moonlab” (that’s what we call remote employees’ locations), so we have been able to transition quickly and efficiently to a fully remote setup. 

For the past 17 years, Second Life has been a special place that brings people across the world together — and we appreciate your trust and support as we get through this rough time together.

Ebbe and all the Lindens 
From the Moonlab. 3.18.2020.