Check out the latest new interview with Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab talking about the future of Second Life and Sansar. Wagner James Au interviewed Ebbe Altberg for 45 minutes at Linden Lab HQ in San Francisco in March 2019.
They chatted about efforts to grow new user growth, land discounts, the upcoming mobile companion app, cloud deployment, improving performance and much more relating to Second Life. With Sansar they chatted about the low usage numbers since the beta launch, Sansar’s long download times and efforts to optimize Sansar.
It’s incredible to think Ebbe Altberg has now been with Linden Lab for over five years and he has achieved a great amount over the years from reducing land costs, the roll out of Mesh, Bento, Animesh, improved the communications with the community, improved the experience for premium members and much more.
Some highlights that I found most interesting,,,
The new IOS mobile companion app is being worked on. It’s going to be focused on being connected with friends, chat, shopping, customer service and more. The lab are not considering it to be a viewer in the short term.
New pricing options/discounts are coming soon (within next few months)
Lot’s of new features (EEP) for Second Life (within weeks)
Second Life is targeted to move completely to the Amazon cloud within the next 12 months (early – mid 2020)
The premium subscriber base is growing
The lab are focused on continuing revenue & user growth for Second Life.
The lab are now interested in growing the concurrency levels and retention rates
There are no plans to force migrate Second Life users to Sansar
There are more people working on Second Life (130+) than Sansar (70+)
There is work to continue to reduce Sansar long download times
Sansar is still in beta and still in pre-launch mode
The lab are shipping big updates every month
For more specific highlights from this interview see here.
Within the last hour Linden Lab have announced a new travelogue video series which will be highlighting incredible experiences, places and events created by the Second Life community. These short quick previews will last around 60-90 seconds each apparently.
Second Life Destinations is a new weekly video travelogue series that highlights some of the incredible experiences and events created by Residents within the virtual world of Second Life.
In this series, we’ll highlight different places focusing in on the beauty and imaginative possibilities in no more than 60-90 seconds so that you can get a quick peek at the creations and communities inside each virtual space. At times we may even speak to creators of theses spaces so they can shed some light on what inspired them. Look for each new episode on our blog and social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
I like the sound of this new video series showcasing the very best in Second Life. This looks like a new marketing campaign to advertise Second Life to a much larger audience. I think this new travel series will become even more popular in the months ahead with more inworld spaces being shown.
#3 The Pen in Bay City has been showcased this week – (see video above)
This is my special year in review post looking back at the biggest news, events and more during 2016 in Second Life. There have been so many good memories and some not so good ones during 2016. See the bottom of this blog post for month by month highlights of 2016. 🙂
I do think communications between the lab and the Second Life community have greatly improved during 2016 through various channels like the official Second Life blog, on the Second Life status grid reports page, via Twitter and inworld.
The lab have already posted theirhighlights of 2016 here including raising the land prims limit for the mainland/private estates, introducing the new horizons experience, adding 360 snapshots, extending Bento, adding new community gateways and much more.
State of the grid in 2016
The amount of Main Grid regions and private estates have declined further during 2016 which is not good news but that’s what’s officially happening. I hope that in 2017 there will be some sort of region growth because that would be cool. The lab needs to work out and try to come up with workable solutions to stop the decline happening.
Back on 3rd January 2016
Total number of Main Grid regions: 24, 886
Private Estates: 17, 775
Linden Owned: 7, 111
As of 25th December 2016
Total number of Main Grid regions: 23, 975
Private Estates: 16, 792
Linden Owned: 7, 183
There have been many well known places that have closed down this year in Second Life because of various reasons and some places managed to be saved. Yay! 🙂
Amazing Events This Year
There have been so many enjoyable events that have happened during 2016 including the Second Life 13th birthday celebrations, One Billion Rising, Lab Chat events, the VWBPE conference, Relay For Life of Second Life events,
Don’t forget the incredible Bay City 8th anniversary, BURN2 events, the annual faires and the list goes on.
Thanks to all those that organised and volunteered these amazing events this year. 🙂
Sansar is almost ready
There was huge interest this year for Sansar with hundred’s signing up for the Creator Preview and testing it out. The lab have released various interesting Sansar photos, demos and updates during the course of 2016.
Sansar is due to open to the public sometime in January 2017.
Some shocks in 2016
The big shock of 2016 has to be when Donald Trump won the US Election 2016 and will become the next US president from mid January 2017.
Another big shock of 2016 has to be the terrible Orlando shootings earlier this year because that was really sad. In Second Life the community came together and raised L$ to support the victims.
We lost some great talent during 2016
Sadly a few well known residents that I knew in Second Life passed away during 2016. If anyone knew anyone else that passed away in Second Life during 2016 – please let me know so I can add it below!
Ladyslipper Constantine– Involved with Virtual Ability events, Virtual Worlds Best Practices education events, One Billion Rising, BURN2 events and she was involved in past Second Life birthday celebrations
Latif Khalifa – Developer of the Radegast Metaverse Client, Singularity Viewer and Replex Viewer
Here is a month by month highlights during 2016 on what happened in terms of big events and news. All links below are from my blog posts 🙂