New Second Life Logo Added On The Second Life Marketplace


New Second Life logo added top left

Recently Linden Lab have updated the Second Life Marketplace logo with the new blue Second Life web pages on it. Everyone should now be able to view the new blue logo and for those that still see the old logo it will update soon. It looks much better now compared with the old logo.

As many know already Linden Lab have rolling out the new blue Second Life logo to Second Life web pages since it was launched back in May 2020. The Second Life Wiki page still has the old Second Life logo on it and so does the Second Life web login page along with many other related web pages.

Old Second Life logo

It’s going to take some more time for the new logo to roll out as the lab are working on a number of projects behind the scenes.

Linden Lab rolls out new Last Names


On Monday 12th July Linden Lab announced more new Last Names on the Second Life official blog. These new Last Names will be available until mid-October 2021. Then some new Last Names will be removed and some will be added to the main pool of surnames. The lab plan on having some Halloween themed limited edition last names. It will be interesting to see what the lab comes with up for that.

The lab have removed some older Last Names and here are some of the new Last Names added…

  • Vanlager
  • Wainwright
  • Tater
  • Skydancer
  • Primless
  • Vermilion
  • Morningstar

Check out the full list below of current last names until mid-October 2021.

See here for the FAQ on changing your username in Second Life.

Apple approves iOS version of the Second Life App


During this month’s Web User Group meeting hosted by Keira Linden there was more details given out about the status of the iOS version of the Second Life app. Linden Lab recently submitted a new version to Apple and it’s been finally been accepted by Apple after months of on-going issues to get it approved.

Keira Linden talks about this around the 10 minute mark onwards during the meeting which can be watched again in full below. The lab are focused on the iOS Second Life mobile app which will be a chat app mostly. It will be a good way of keeping touch with friends inworld without having to be logged into Second Life. The lab are still working on the Android version which is still in development.

The lab are working on a whole set of new features into it and soon it will be on the Apple Store. There are around 40-50 users that have the iOS version of the Second Life app and more wide spread testing is still needed yet.

Apparently those that use the iOS version of the Second Life app will be logged into new dedicated “SL Mobile” regions which will be primary be used for communications like IM/Group Chat. These SL Mobile regions will not be open to everyone unless they are using the SL Mobile app. Those that log into the SL Mobile regions won’t be able to see their avatar appearance and there won’t be local chat within regions as everything will be done via Direct IM at first. Over time more functionality like 3D view will be added way down the line on the roadmap and hopefully it will reach a point where most of the Second Life community can use it.

IOS SL Mobile App Status Check

  • 3D View – To be confirmed later down the road
  • Direct IM – Available (limited)
  • Localized Chat – Only Direct IM at this point in time
  • Inworld Presence – Available (limited)
  • Group Chat – Coming Soon (couple of releases down the track)
  • Notecards: Can’t see notecards or inventory
  • Search: Will be available
  • Chat Rooms – A certain amount of friends allowed in a room (being looked at)
  • List Of People In Region – Not available
  • User Concurrency: No numbers yet on concurrency users

There were many topics mentioned in this month’s meeting from marketplace improvements, the new user experience, search, last names and more. Here is a quick brief of the important new updates…

  • The new Welcome Islands are now undergoing A/B testing along with the existing Learning Islands / Social Islands. The Welcome Back Island is open for the public to look around.
  • A new Search project to do with functions may be released later in 2021 or 2022
  • The Premium SL Birthday themed Last Names will be removed soon and will be replaced with a new selection of Last Names in the next few weeks. There will be Halloween Last Names coming in the Autumn months.
  • As mentioned in this blog post the iOS version has been accepted by Apple
  • The lab have started work on updating the Second Life Marketplace with the new Second Life blue logo
  • The World API has been worked on to make it faster

The web user meeting runs for 1 hour.

The next Web User Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 2pm SLT over in the Denby region in Second Life.

Chalet Linden Homes Development Update – July 2021


Chalet sub continent – 5th July 2021

The Moles have been very busy in recent weeks building new Chalet Linden Homes and landscaping more of the Chalet sub continent which is apart of the Bellisseria continent. Good progress is being made through the middle central areas heading up north eastwards. Development mainly started in the Hydrant region at the start of June 2021 and now it’s reached the Brookside region. There is some work being made east of the Stilt regions which is due to be finished soon.

Brookside

Work will start soon in the Baylor Creek region which will head all the way up to the Carmine Sky region. More Chalet Linden Homes are expected to be built in the weeks ahead and the new extension of the new Chalet railway line. There is still loads to look forward to and more new areas will be added in the weeks ahead.

A closer view of new developments (colour squares = progress)

As many know there is a new airstrip that has been built recently in the Bergheim region which looks really nice now. There is a rez zone here to unpack your planes/aircraft.

Check it out today – SLURL > http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bergheim/161/125/23

New Rez Zones

I will blog again next month on the latest Chalet developments. Stay tuned for that.

Welcome Island: The New User Experience Goes Live


New Welcome Island

This weekend it appears Linden Lab are bringing in new residents through the new Welcome Island in Second Life when using the default Second Life viewer. For many years when new residents join they go through Learning Island and then the Social Island. The new user experience has been completely been revamped with a new layout and a new Welcome Island Guidebook.

I decided to join Second Life today under a new account and see if the lab have started to roll out the new user experience. I was amazed to arrive at the new Welcome Island as I thought it was still being tested / QA.

Welcome Island is open to new residents joining Second Life. The Welcome Back Island appears to be open to the public which is the same layout as the Welcome Island is. I would imagine in the weeks or months ahead the lab will add a whole lot more Welcome Islands on the grid. Keep a look out just in case.

Once new residents log into Second Life they will now arrive at this starting point on the new Welcome Island. The new Welcome Island Guidebook will appear on screen where they can get started going through the basics of Second Life. The Welcome Island is split into many areas with free gifts, seating areas including a new bar and more. See the snapshots below.

I have to say the Welcome Island new user experience is alright compared with previous versions of the new user experience the lab have rolled out. This version is faster for sure and is mainly focused on the new Welcome Island Guidebook rather then going through different physical tutorials.

I just wonder how many new residents will stay with Second Life after finishing this new Welcome Island. I think that more improvements could be done like more tutorials to interact with, a huge map of Second Life with key landmarks to visit, support resources and more.

Preview of the new Welcome Island
The new Welcome Island Guidebook
Free Gifts Area
Bar Area
A New Coffee Point
The Search / Destination Guide Board
Second Life Globe v1.0
New seating area

Let me know what you think of this new Welcome Island experience in comments.

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.