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Linden Lab

We are deeply humbled by the response so far to the debut of the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). Since our announcement of this new initiative yesterday, we’ve already had more than 100 bloggers opt-in! 

We’d like to extend a sincere “thank you” to all of the blogging community for the many years of coverage of Second Life culture, communities, creations, and, yes, even controversies. The Second Life blogging community is never dull, to be sure -- and it serves as a key information source for so many who seek to stay connected to so many aspects of our shared virtual society. SLBN aims simply to call more attention to the many fantastic bloggers that are out there so that more people discover their work.

We do ask for a bit of patience during our launch week as we sort through and strategize how to both efficiently and fairly review the many blogs who have opted-in. In all honesty, we’re a bit overwhelmed by the number of bloggers who have responded in the first 24 hours!

So, what’s next? We’re already reviewing posts across all bloggers who have opted-in to begin the process of selectively sharing a handful of posts weekly via many of our official Second Life channels including the new Community Newsfeed, social channels and (in the near future) the login page of our official Second Life Viewer.

Since the launch, there have been a few questions from the community that we’d also like to address. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received so far:

If I opt-in, are you going to censor my blog or penalize me if I post something critical?

Absolutely not!  By opting in, bloggers do not cede any editorial control as they remain completely independent. We have no implied or actual say over what bloggers choose to publish -- and, to be clear, we’ll still consider posts from blogs that are often critical of Second Life. Specifically, we review individual posts when we consider what to feature - not your overall blog.

It is true, however, that we do have content guidelines shared publicly so that we are transparent on our editorial criteria used in determining what specific posts we choose to promote on our own channels. One thing that we do want to clarify: we will not deliberately promote or support blogs that frequently post illegal, unauthorized or hateful content. 

We also want to clarify that we do not expect nor recommend that bloggers alter their editorial strategy with hopes of being featured. With the high volume of new posts published daily across all participating bloggers, we anticipate only a very few will be featured any given week. 

My blog features some adult content or nudity. Can I still apply?

Yes! While we won’t feature posts that contain sexually explicit content or other types of ‘adult’ content, we’ll still consider your individual posts that are compliant with our content guidelines. Since featured blog posts may be seen on our general Secondlife.com website and/or some social channels, we aim to follow industry-standard content guidelines (such as those published by Google and Microsoft). 

We understand that one of the great things about Second Life is the abundance of self-expression and creativity across a breadth of topics and genres, including adult-oriented content. However, to stay in compliance with the aforementioned industry-standard content guidelines, we simply aren’t able to highlight explicit ‘adult’ content on our website or social channels. At our sole discretion, we may make exceptions to these policies in limited educational or scientific contexts.

I’m unclear about what happens after I opt-in my blog. Do I need to do anything else? 

No! Once you have opted-in, you will automatically be added to our internal blog feed for ongoing consideration. You do not need to do anything else - and you can opt-out at any time if you change your mind. By opting into the SLBN, you are giving us permission to potentially promote and link to one of your individual blog posts including the use of a brief opening sentence or two from your blog and a single image. We will not reproduce your entire post! All SLBN content links outbound to your site for the full blog post.

I opted-in but now I want to opt-out. How do I do that?

The same Submission Form used to opt-in can also be used to opt-out. Just go to the form and select the opt-out notification. 

Why should I opt-in? What’s in it for me?

We hope to give more exposure to the independent blogging community via some of our high-profile channels including our official blog and social media channels. While a featured presence might not send millions of new pageviews your way, it can’t hurt to get a bit more traffic and awareness to your site - particularly for those who might not have yet discovered it on their own. Your traffic boost might only be modest, but hopefully, you’ll get some new readers from the exposure.

For those that follow industry “best practices” in search engine optimization (SEO), we think that independent bloggers will also benefit from getting another prominent inbound link to their site (which can help with their establishment of “relevancy” in the search engine ranking algorithms). 

For us, we benefit by giving new Residents, in particular, another way to get connected with the broader Second Life community as they quickly learn more context about Second Life communities and cultures (and clothing!). We also hope that existing Residents will stay logged in longer as they discover new events, fashions, and experiences from your blogs.

What about Flickr and YouTube? Do my accounts and content qualify for inclusion in the SLBN?

Yes! We recognize that many bloggers and vloggers publish videos and photos directly on YouTube and/or Flickr. Please use the Submission Form to submit your social account for consideration.

I have a blog for my store or fashion line. Can I still submit my blog and will you consider my posts?

Yes! We recognize that some of the best blog posts come from bloggers who also have their own stores or creations in Second Life. However, we aren’t likely to feature posts where “the editorial content is primarily promotional in nature and reads like a press release or ad for a particular merchant, creator, destination or event,” according to our Content Guidelines

What can I expect if my post is featured? 

Once you opt-in, we’ll begin monitoring your blog posts for potential inclusion in one or more of our official Second Life channels, including our new Community Newsfeed on Secondlife.com, one or more of our social media channels, and (eventually) a feed on our official Second Life Viewer login page. Please note that not all posts will always appear in all distribution channels. 

I am worried that my blog might not be compliant with the Terms & Conditions and/or Content Guidelines. Do I need to change anything to qualify?

We are NOT asking anyone to change anything as part of this initiative. However, bloggers who opt-in must also agree to the Terms & Conditions. Remember that we are reviewing content on a blog post level, so some of your posts may qualify for consideration and some may not, but your blog can still qualify. Of particular note though, please be aware that for legal reasons the criteria does mention that Linden Lab trademarks or logos should not be included in the blog domain name for participating bloggers.  

Why is LL doing this when there are other similar initiatives driven by community members! Stay in your own lane!

Fair enough. We acknowledge that over the years there have been many community groups and members who have provided blog feeds and similar initiatives. We see the SLBN as additional and complementary to those established initiatives. Our goal is to further highlight the incredible community content on our platform. We feel that this is a mutually beneficial program that helps show off Second Life and helps send some traffic to bloggers and their content, and we also appreciate and want to support those groups and community members who have been doing so already.   

One of our key goals with SLBN is simply to help introduce even more people in (and outside of) the Second Life community to the many different bloggers that are out there.

How can I get in touch with you if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to us at editor@lindenlab.com with further questions.

Linden Lab

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Are you a Second Life blogger that is looking to expand your reach to a wider audience? If so, then you’ll want to consider opting in to join the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). 

This new community initiative aims to promote high-quality, independent blog content to the Second Life community via high-visibility channels including the Second Life Community pages, social media channels and eventually the Official Second Life Viewer login page. Examples of the type of content we wish to promote include how-to tutorials, fashion makeovers and/or looks, community and event news and destination walk-throughs.

The Second Life Blogger Network aims to drive traffic directly to your own blog via summaries of and links to curated posts selected from participating bloggers including the use of a brief text intro using the opening sentences of your post and usually one related image from the post. Readers will be directed to click through a link that directs them to your site to read the entire article or blog post.

This is your opportunity to reach a wider audience for your own Second Life blog! Participation in this new promotional program is non-exclusive and free. We encourage bloggers to continue to also work with other community blogger networks (such as BVN*) and inworld groups for the promotion and distribution of their original editorial content.

Interested? Here’s how to participate:

  1. Review the SLBN Terms & Conditions and Content Guidelines. This initiative does not aim to influence the editorial content of your independent blog, but we do have standards for the text and image content of those posts that we will promote. For example, images with nudity and/or copyright-violating content will not be considered for promotion.     

  2. If you want to participate, fill out the submission form and consider adding the optional Second Life Blogger Network badge to your website. You can grab the badge and learn about guidelines for placement here.

  3. Once you have opted-in, you are eligible to participate! We will then watch your blog for consideration for potential inclusion in our curated Community News thread and social media channels. 

  4. Linden Lab staffers will frequently review posts from participating bloggers. While not all of your new posts will be selected each day, we do aim to promote several entries during the week from the pool of participating bloggers.

  5. Want to opt-out and no longer participate? Simply let us know by selecting the opt-out notification on the submission form and we’ll stop monitoring your blog for our curated news thread.  

That’s it! Ready to get started? Check out the Community News blog to see examples of the types of independent blog content that we’re already promoting. We’re thrilled to already welcome bloggers Inara Pey (Modemworld.me), Sasy Scarborough (sasyscarborough.com) and Kess Crystal (theglamoursauce.com). Will you be next? 

We also spoke to Kess about her group, BVN and announced out Official SLBN on our live-streaming show Lab Gab with Xiola and Strawberry - you can catch the replay below.

* Note: The Second Life Blogger Network is not officially affiliated with the Blogger & Vlogger Network (BVN) of Second Life, but we encourage our community to check them out at bvnsl.com!

Linden Lab

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We at Linden Lab are dedicated to creating the future of virtual experiences via both our pioneering virtual world Second Life and new virtual multiverse Sansar. We also recently launched Tilia, which powers our virtual worlds’ commerce.

As a company, we do things that no one else does and we aren't afraid to take on complex challenges that drive innovation and improvements on both our established and emerging virtual world platforms. That’s why we’re excited and proud to share with you the latest news about what we’re up to for both Second Life and Sansar. 


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Today Sansar introduces new features including improved avatar editing, experience points and titles, and new core worlds. We also have first-of-their-kind partnerships with several established music and entertainment companies. Now with a rich backstory and new quests, Sansar has come a long way since it debuted in beta in 2017 and is worth a second look!

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As for Second Life, we continue to work hard on making substantial improvements and new additions to ensure that it stays fresh and relevant for many years to come. Here’s an update on what we’re working on:

New Features & Enhancements
Over the past year, we’ve shared our plans to add multiple new features and enhancements to Second Life. Our engineering and product operations teams are continuing to do the heavy work on making these and other improvements available as fast as possible. 

Animesh
We’ve already delivered Animesh, which allows independent objects to use rigged mesh and animations. We’ve been having so much fun watching residents’ creations come to life! So far, the creator community has developed over 1,300 animated objects on the Marketplace

Bakes on Mesh
Just last month, we released the official Bakes on Mesh-enabled Viewer, the last piece of the Bakes on Mesh project. To learn more about this cool new capability, watch the video below!

 


Learn more about Bakes on Mesh in this community-created “How To” video from Novata.

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We're also getting the Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP) Viewer into shape to promote to our default official Viewer. EEP is a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system that will allow for the creation and sharing of advanced environment settings, including up to four different sky layers which can be set independently.

EEP We're also getting the Environmental Enhancement Project (EEP) Viewer into shape to promote to our default official Viewer. EEP is a series of new customizations in the environment rendering system that will allow for the creation and sharing of advanced environment settings, including up to four different sky layers which can be set independently.


This video from Tao UminoB shows Second Life EEP skies deployed in the Miyazaki Region

Migration to the Cloud
We have been hard at work moving the services that bring you Second Life from our existing data center to cloud hosting. Our goal is to make almost all of it seem invisible to you; in general we won't announce that a service has been moved until it's been working in the cloud for a while. Some things already qualify, though: Your inventory data has been in the cloud for quite some time, and the maps website moved a little while ago. We have several more things that your viewer uses that are being tested internally now, so expect more updates in the next couple of months. We are very excited about the new product possibilities that cloud hosting will enable.

More to come!
There’s more in the works, too! Stay tuned for updates on when to expect the return of Last Names, availability of a new mobile app beta, changes to Premium options, improvements to Events, Search, the Destination Guide, and much more.

New Linden Home Theme: Campers!

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Pictured: New camper-style Linden Homes.

We continue to innovate and expand upon our Linden Homes offerings. Recently we debuted (and quickly sold out of) new Traditional and Houseboat styles...we’ve been making more to accommodate the incredible interest these generated, and now we’ve introduced the newest theme: CAMPERS! 

Clustered in central Bellisseria, the new Camper regions offer a secluded, rural environment, with more nature and parcel privacy than the previous themed locations. We’ve already seen amazing creativity in decorating and customizing these campers from our Residents. 

Like all Linden Homes, these are first-come, first-served, so keep checking for availability and act fast to claim yours if you see any available!

New Growth & Community Initiatives
Linden Lab also has several new initiatives aimed at growing awareness of Second Life through a combination of new ad campaigns, original video content programming and other growth-focused community efforts.

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Second Life Blogger Network
Are you a Second Life blogger looking to expand your reach to a wider audience? You’ll want to consider joining the new Second Life Blogger Network (SLBN). This new initiative will promote high-quality independent blog content to the Second Life community. More details coming soon!

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Halloween & Community Events
One of the most popular holidays in the Second Life community is Halloween - and this year we’ve got a bunch of tricks and treats that are sure to delight (or is it fright?) Second Lifers. Residents can expect a mix of new events, freebies and other spooky surprises throughout October - including a special haunted edition of the Swaginator!

New Video Programming & Ad Campaigns
Eagle-eyed Residents may have noticed a flurry of activity on our official YouTube channel and other social networks, which are now filled with dozens of new community-focused videos aimed at better showcasing the diversity and creativity of the Second Life community. More than  30 episodes of our weekly “Second Life Destinations” series have already debuted this year with many more to come! 

 

There’s also our ongoing “Made in Second Life” series, which goes deeper to discover the people behind the avatars including explorations on themes as varied as romance, gaming and education. Many episodes of “Made in Second Life” and “Second Life Destinations” are also trimmed down into 15- or 30-second ads. 

In addition, we’ve started the first of several new initiatives that involve live streaming programming about Second Life. First up is the recently announced bi-weekly talk show “Lab Gab.” (Don’t miss the next episode on Wed. at 3 p.m. SLT/Pacific).

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Finally, we’ve already started production on a new round of video tutorials aimed at new, intermediate and advanced Second Life Residents. Our own Strawberry Linden serves as your guide to topics such as “Getting Started,” “Shopping & Buying Linden Dollars,” and “Customizing your Avatar Shape.” Each video is also translated into multiple languages, too. Check out this playful clip to see if you can identify each language:

 

We are so proud of how far we’ve come and we’re excited for the road ahead. As always, we appreciate all the amazing creativity found in both the Second Life and Sansar communities. Thank you for joining us on the journey!

- The Linden Lab team

 

Linden Lab

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Thank you to everyone who has tuned in to watch the “Lab Gab with Xiola and Strawberry” live stream, or watched the archives on our Official YouTube Channel. We’re having a lot of fun coming up with different ideas for content to bring to you in these shows, and this week we have a special guest from the blogger community - Kess Crystal!

Kess has been a Second Life Resident for almost a decade - much of which she has dedicated much of her time to running the popular BVN or The Blogger & Vlogger Network.

Blogging in Second Life is something that a large base of our Residents participates in to some degree or another. Whether it’s via posting pictures on Flickr, creating branded blogs, sharing tutorials, creating event videos … there is a ton of incredible content being created from the community.

Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel (or check us out on our new Mixer channel!) to watch on Wednesday, September 25th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

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We know that role-playing, fantasy, and gamified events like board games, adventures, and murder mysteries are popular in Second Life. The idea of playing a part in a story and interpreting the world around you through your character can be a great deal of fun, and therapeutic for many.
Naturally, with both role-playing and gaming experiences being popular in our virtual world, a blend of the two would find its way onto the Grid in the form of the well known ‘tabletop’ style of game play. 
ChuuAkamine has taken his love for the Sorcery! Gamebook by Steve Jackson, and his favorite map cartographer (Mike Schley) as inspiration for his own projects in Second Life - functional dioramas that work with the Tabletop system from Remnant Ashbourne of  /studioDire/.
These dioramas are interactive, engaging ways to allow tabletop style gameplay in the vein of Dungeons & Dragons within Second Life. ChuuAkamine has started business creating and selling these dioramas and miniatures for others to enjoy - Mini A Chuu.

This week’s “Made in SL” video is glimpse into these works. Take a look at the video below, and check out these cool creations inworld. You can also learn more about Mini A Chuu on the Life of Chuu blog.
 

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Mini A Chuu is a tabletop diorama exhibition and shop specialized in cartography. Tabletop dioramas are compatible with /studioDire/'s tabletop game systems.
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Linden Lab
Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our first ever episode of Lab Gab with Xiola & Strawberry on August 28th! While things got off to a bit of a rough start with some pesky technical difficulties (no amount of testing can fully prepare you for going ‘live’) we had a blast chatting with you and answering your questions about all things Second Life. We’ve also looked into the audio issues to ensure that things go much smoother for our second episode. Thanks for sticking with us!
This week - we return with a special guest -  Reed Linden - Product Manager, Second Life. Reed brings the dish on a bunch of different things related to Second Life accounts, including Marketplace, Profiles, and the recently released Bakes on Mesh project. We are excited to welcome Reed to the Lab Gab set for a chat about some of the things going on from the product team’s perspective. We’ll be taking questions from viewers towards the end of the show, and we look forward to seeing you there. 
Tune in to our Official YouTube Channel to watch on Wednesday, September 11th at 3 pm PT/SLT. 

Linden Lab
Our new “Made in Second Life” series continues with the first installment focusing on virtual world education - “Learning Made in SL.” Each year, many students further their education through virtual classes and unique learning scenarios presented in numerous immersive environments within the Second Life virtual world. 
This edition puts the spotlight on Chant Newall Development Group, LLC (CNDG), which has utilized the Second Life platform for interactive offerings in biology, chemistry, economics and environmental science. CNDG works closely with Florida State University and the University of Central Florida on Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) that include experiences that range from taking students inside of a human cell, using a forensic science application to solve a murder mystery, exploring Easter Island as it would have been some 500 years ago, and much more. 
William (Bill) Prensky, who is the CEO of CNDG, talks about the unique opportunities that VLEs afford students and educators alike, in the video below.
 

 

P.S. Our “Made In Second Life” series will soon shift the spotlight to the world of fashion and design in Second Life! Stay tuned for several episodes of “Fashion Made in SL” -- coming soon to this blog and our social channels.
Production Credits:
Video produced by Draxtor Despres
Logo designed by Marianne McCann
Xiola Linden
We’re excited to announce our very first live-streaming show - “Lab Gab” with Xiola and Strawberry Linden. We’ll be coming to you live on YouTube every two weeks or so, starting Wednesday, August 28th at 3 pm SLT/PT. You can join us for these live streams on our Official YouTube Channel here when we go live! (We’re working on bringing Lab Gab to more streaming platforms in the very near future - so stay tuned!)
What’s Lab Gab? Well, it will be a variety show of sorts - we want to explore Second Life, answer your questions, talk to Residents from all over the world, and stream it through the internet and into your homes, phones, and wherever you get your quality entertainment.
In our first show, we’ll be introducing ourselves, talking a little bit about what Lab Gab is, and interacting with you through YouTube live. In the future, we will invite special guests to come visit us on the set and talk about events and issues that impact the communities in Second Life.
As long-time Residents and now Lindens, we can’t wait to get gabbing!
Tune in at 3 pm SLT on Wednesday, August 28 for our launch and stay tuned to our social media and blog for updates about future shows.
Xiola Linden
One of the many incredible things about Second Life and virtual worlds, is that you can travel to places that may be otherwise out of reach and experience some of the culture and adventure without the jet lag or the travel costs. These places can be outside the scope of our world - eras long past or places that never existed - or they can be inspired by places that exist in the physical world. France, England, Japan, and many other countries are just a teleport away.

Monash University’s Chinese Island is a place that virtually represents a Chinese township, where you can experience some of the things that reflect everyday life in China. 
Kaylee West teaches students about Chinese language and culture at Monash University in Australia, and he has created and curated Chinese Island in Second Life as a way for anyone to get a taste of the Chinese culture from wherever they may be in the world. You can visit the website for more information about the project.
To catch a glimpse of what Chinese Island is like, you may watch this destination video, but we highly recommend that you login to your Second Life account and plan a trip to visit it inworld - just use the Destination Guide link here or  below the video.

(Note: If you don’t see the  language captions automatically, be sure to turn them on for the full translation).
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Initiative by the Chinese Studies Program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, designed to complement traditional classroom tuition with context-based, hands-on learning in the virtual environment of Second Life.
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Xiola Linden
Since its beginning, artists have found Second Life to be a means of expression - from installations and exhibits like Bryn Oh’s work, to galleries and fundraisers like the Raglan Shire Artwalk  - art has always been a key element of the Second Life Community.
With recent conversations about the ending of the initial iteration of the LEA, and what may be soon to follow in its spirit, it is clear that not only is art in Second Life important to artists, but it is also important to the community.
Acclaimed French artist, Patrick Moya (Moya Janus in Second Life) has an impressive and expansive breadth of work that spans over 40 years, and includes dolls designed for UNICEF, ceramic sculptures, video and projection art, and the work he’s done in Second Life at “Moya Land.”
Moya Land is a space in which he says he can realise a dream - to be a character who lives inside of his own work. To find out more about Moya Land and the artist, watch this Destination video and login to check out the Moya Galleries in Second Life. If you do not speak French, be sure to turn on closed captioning to English.

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Explore this creative, messy and chaotic art space by Patrick Moya.
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Linden Lab
Second Life is home to several impressive 3D replicas of places and landmarks in the physical world, so it is no surprise that many in the community have been praising the presence and detail found in Rieri. This contemporary Japanese location is inspired by Tokyo’s Arakawa Lock Gate region and was modeled from Google Maps and real photos of Tokyo neighborhoods.

Learn more about Rieri in this week’s Destinations video, which is narrated by Resident pokute Burt (who cites Rieri as one of his favorite spots in Second Life). (Note: If you don’t see the English language captions automatically, be sure to turn them on for the full translation).

To get even more insight to the making and magic of Rieri, we recommend that you also check out the official video tour from Rieri project architect/director Eripom Moonwall and her team.

Better yet, see Rieri for yourself in Second Life - no plane tickets required!
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Visit Rieri-Town, an incredibly realistic town modeled from Google Maps and real photos of Tokyo neighborhoods. Come and visit to feel the atmosphere of this contemporary Japanese location.
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Xiola Linden
Crazy about cats? This week’s Destinations video spotlights the many feline friends found across Second Life. 


Featured in the clip are the loveable KittyCatS, which have been popular in Second Life for over eight years! Other popular cat communities and creations in Second Life include Zooby’s, A.I. Friends, AEON e-Cats, and WK Wild Kajaera. There’s even a dedicated Cats Museum that you won’t want to miss!
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A place for those who love cats. Un lugar para los que aman los gatos.
Visit in Second Life To discover these and other virtual pets in Second Life, check out the Pets & Animals category in the Destination Guide.
Linden Lab
7/2 Update: In response to this announcement, we're answering questions from the community about Tilia in our forum.
7/10 Update: As mentioned in a follow-up blog post, we'll be discussing this announcement in more detail at our official Tilia Town Hall held in Second Life on Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). For those who can't join us inworld, a video and transcript will be provided soon after the live event. 
We’re making some important changes to Second Life that will help us comply with U.S. laws and regulations. To do this, Linden Lab formed a new subsidiary, Tilia, to offer certain financial services to the Second Life community. While Tilia might not be a name that is familiar to many in the Second Life community, it was created to efficiently handle the ever-growing and complex needs of our operations.


Beginning on August 1, 2019, Tilia will take over certain aspects of the Second Life service. Tilia enables Linden Lab to continue the Second Life service in its current form through enhanced regulatory compliance protocols.  To achieve this, Tilia will assume responsibility for managing your USD denominated account, which will be referred to as your "Tilia Account."  After August 1, Tilia will handle process credit requests and payments made from your Tilia Account. 
What’s changing? 
Effective August 1, in order to continue using Second Life you will have to agree to Tilia’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.  A Tilia Account associated with your Second Life Account will automatically be created for you and you will not need a separate username or password to access your Tilia Account.  
In order to stay in compliance with regulatory requirements, if you wish to process a credit, we will need certain personal information to verify your identity, including your name, address, date of birth, and social security number (or government-issued identification if you are not a U.S. Citizen).  You may be required to provide additional information to complete the transaction. Tilia will securely store this information so that you should only need to provide it once.
Additionally, please note that customers under 18 years of age will not be able to process credit after August 1, 2019 until they reach the age of 18. 
As always, Second Life remains free to access and enjoy!  However, if your Tilia Account is inactive for a period of 12 months we will charge your Tilia Account a fee to the extent permitted by applicable law.  If you have questions about the inactivity fee, please see Tilia’s Terms of Service.
Why am I required to provide personal information to Tilia and what will you do with it?
As registered money services businesses, Linden Lab and Tilia are required to comply with applicable U.S. laws and regulations. As part of our ongoing risk management process, we must obtain, verify, and record information about our customers for whom we offer financial-related services. We take your privacy and security seriously, so your personal information will continue to remain protected and will only be used for purposes that are outlined in Linden Lab’s and Tilia’s Privacy Policies. Please refer to the FAQ for more details regarding this information request.
Where can I find out more information about these changes?
We understand that there may be some questions and concerns about these new procedures, but these changes are required in order for Linden Lab to continue offering Second Life services without disruption to its economy. We relish and respect the countless contributions of Second Life Residents to the virtual world, so these changes will enable us to maintain a robust virtual economy for many years to come. For more information and context on these changes and how it may impact you, please see our FAQ.
 
Xiola Linden
We're positively stoked about the launch of a new Season of Stranger Things. In fact, by the time you read this, we may have already prepped for a binge-watching party, but as we head into the July 4th holiday here in the USA, we couldn't help but take this Stranger Things inspired pic and challenge all of you to the #StrangerMemes #SecondLifeChallenge!
To participate:
Take pics and/or videos of you and/or your friends in 80s-themed looks and experiences inspired by Stranger Things. Share your pics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using the hashtags #StrangerMemes, #80sChallenge and #SecondLifeChallenge Submit your pic to our Official Flickr pools for Second Life Official and Second Life Challenge - Official using the hashtags #StrangerMemes, #80sChallenge and #SecondLifeChallenge
Strawberry Linden, Xiola Linden, Poppy the Balloon Pup and Lamb-orghini saw something strange after aerobics class. 
Linden Lab
This week’s Destinations video turns the spotlight on the many motorcycle clubs and biker communities in Second Life. Whether you are a casual or dedicated enthusiast, these communities and clubs serve as important social spaces where Residents can simply hang out, listen to music and/or take a ride on one of the many gravity-defying roads of Second Life.
Many of these clubs, such as the Legions of Vets, also have military veterans as members and hold events to raise money for nonprofits such as The Wounded Warriors and Homes For Our Troops. Also featured in the clip are Cobra MC World, Vipers MC and 4 Horsemen.

To get you started, we’ve created a new Motorcycles & Biker Clubs Destination Guide category dedicated to motorcycle and biker culture in Second Life. Are we missing any of your favorites? If so, submit your suggestions to the Destination Guide using our submission form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.
 

Linden Lab
Einstein is alleged to have once stated, “Imagination will take you everywhere.” We tend to agree! A sense of adventure is one of the most exciting things about Second Life. You can explore and experience so many places from the past, present, future, and from the imagination - and you can bounce from one to the other with a single teleport. 

The element of journey and discovery that Creators in Second Life build and breathe life into is something that is difficult to replicate anywhere else - which is why we enjoy highlighting these destinations on the blogs, our social pages, and in these destination videos. There is so much to experience and see across the Grid!
This week, we’re highlighting Escapades Island - a conglomerate of fantastical and whimsical genres to tease your imagination. If you think you’ve seen it all - think again! Escapades Island has just undergone some new construction, and is now revamped and ready for daring and curious adventurers alike. You’re going to want to plan a trip with your best friends to embark together on this playful and whimsical trip.
Watch this small glimpse into what you can expect, then hop in for yourself and prepare to discover something exciting and new!

Escapades Island
Looking for adventure? Look no further than Escapades Island, a place jam-packed with interesting places to see. Explore steampunk houses, pirate seafronts, castle ruins, and peaceful forest walks. Grab a free Escapades bashing stick to uncover prizes and monsters while exploring the many secrets and games on the island!
Visit in Second Life For more  Destination videos, check out our Destination Video channel on our official YouTube Channel.

Video production courtesy of Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab
Over the years, the look of Second Life has always been enhanced by the creativity of content creators and the surprising ways in which the community finds to express itself. That can be anything from the avatar enhancements we’ve seen in mesh and Bento mesh, to laser shows and special effects, performances and art, and even the ancient days of particles and bling ( yes - bling was a thing!). 

Second Life has always been brimming with visually interesting assets, so it is exciting to see the sheer amount of creativity on display this month at E.V.E. as it celebrates its fourth anniversary with impressive contributions from acclaimed artists Bryn Oh, Regi Yifu and Cica Ghost. E.V.E creator and owner Noke Yuitza is also an accomplished artist with works that can be seen throughout the Imaginarium Region. With themes that range from surreal, fantastic, dystopian, and other retro-futuristic ideas, you’ll want to visit these special creations before they disappear at the end of September.
Take a sneak peek in the video below or on the Destinations Channel of our Official YouTube.

 

You can visit the following art installations at E.V.E until September 29th:
From the invited artists:
•   SKY FISHING, some artworks by Bryn Oh
•   UNDER THE SEA?, by Regi Yifu
•   TALES FROM THE CROCODILE, by Cica Ghost
 
Works by E.V.E. creator and owner Noke Yuitza:
•   DREAMER BOY – Scene: Mirror
•   ELF 2255
•   MUSIC MACHINE – Elfic Bells Notes
 
Currently Unlimited Installations by Noke Yuitza
•   Permanent: ETHEREAL SHAPES – Stage 1: The Dreamer
•   Permanent: INFERNO – Scene Scatha the Dragon: The 2 Shapes
Linden Lab
Happy Monday, Everyone!  Today we are happy to announce the release of a brand new feature for our viewer which has been in production for a very long time. We’re quite excited by the possibilities offered by the new Bakes On Mesh feature for our content creators, and judging by their engagement thus far, they are too!

What is Bakes On Mesh?
In short, Bakes On Mesh is a feature that allows you to apply a server baked texture to a mesh attachment, similar to the way that standard system avatars currently work. Using this feature, you’ll be able to apply several texture layers to customize skin, tattoos, clothing, etc on your mesh object as a single server baked texture without the need for multiple transparent layers.
Major Features
Any face of a mesh object can be textured using any of the server baked textures.
The corresponding region of the system avatar is hidden if any attached mesh is using a baked texture.
New texture bake channels have been introduced to give more control over how meshes get textured.
A new “universal wearable” is now provided with support for the new texture channels.
Benefits
Avoid the need for appliers, leading to an easier customization workflow.
Avoid the need for “onion” avatars, leading to fewer meshes and fewer textures at display time.
Allow for customization of any mesh that’s set to use Bakes on Mesh by simply equipping the appropriate wearables, without needing to modify the mesh itself.
You can read more about how Bakes On Mesh works, and the wide variety of possible uses, in our Knowledge Base article on the topic, or watch an early demo created after our original post! We are excited to put this new tool into your hands and see what you all come up with!
You can download the Bakes on Mesh enabled viewer release and start checking out Bakes on Mesh now.
Xiola Linden
The Hair Fair has been an annual staple of the Second Life event scene for several years now. Residents look forward each year to the opportunity to shop for new hair for their avatars and do so for a good cause.

Sasy Scarborough, Mel Vanbeeck, and Whimsy Winx have organized another Hair Fair this year (now through September 1st) with a wealth of options for even the most discerning and selective of hair shoppers. Three Regions and Cam Shopping areas are sure to provide a rich shopping experience to those who visit.
Exclusive items are marked with percentages of proceeds that are given to the non-profit organization Wigs for Kids  - and Hair Fair has raised tens of thousands of USD in donations made from inworld sales and purchases by Second Life Residents. That’s an incredible feat and one that Sasy, Whimsy and Mel are grateful for. 
You can visit the Hair Fair through September at any of the following destinations:
Hair Regions
Hair Fair 2019 - Redhead Region
Hair Fair 2019 - Noirette Region
Hair Fair 2019 - Blonde Region
Cam Shopping Regions
Hair Fair 2019 - Streaks
Hair Fair 2019 - Brunette (aka Perm)
Hair Fair 2019 - Foils
Be sure to allow yourself time to explore all three Regions so as not to miss anything.
This week’s Destination Video gives some further insight into the event, its purpose, and its creators - watch the video below or on our official YouTube Channel.

Linden Lab
We’re excited to announce that production has started on “Made in Second Life,” a new original web series that will debut across our various social media channels later this year. This new series (made in partnership with Draxtor Despres) expands upon the concept of Second Life storytelling that was first introduced with “Love Made in Second Life,” an original limited-run production that showcased stories of Residents who fell in love and married after meeting in Second Life. 

Check out this sneak preview of the new “Made in Second Life” series below:
 

 

In each episode, “Made in Second Life” aims to tell a different story about one of the many communities and creators found across our virtual world. You’ll soon see episodes that feature Second Life musicians, machinima makers, bloggers, fashionistas and much, much more. Next up in the series is “Fashion Made in Second Life”, debuting later this year.

Logos courtesy of Marianne McCann
Do you have an interesting story to share about your Second Life? We’re now casting for episodes including but not limited to the following themes: romance, fashion, music, moviemaking/machinima, roleplaying communities, game making, education, and blogging! We’re also continuing to look for cool and unique Destinations to spotlight for our ongoing “Second Life Destinations” video series. 
Contact madeinsl@draxtor.com and tell us your story. You might be featured in a future episode of “Made in Second Life.” If you have a destination that you’d like to be considered for “Second Life Destinations,” then reach out to us via this suggestion form.
P.S. Even more original video productions are also on the way! You may have noticed that we have already started a refresh of our new user tutorials. Also, stay tuned for news about a new recurring Second Life-themed live streaming program that will debut later this month.
 
Xiola Linden
Second Life is full of generous communities who take the time to organize and support ongoing efforts to a number of great causes. Many of our Residents dedicate their time and resources to volunteer in the creation of events that educate and draw attention to important issues, allowing others to help donate and contribute through participation in Second Life.
Mysterious Paradise is such an event - running from now until August 3rd, 2019. Built on a Region steaming with virtual wildlife, music, shopping, and entertainment - all to help raise money for the World Animal Protection Organization. All donations and profits from the event will be donated to the organization - which works hard to protect and prevent animal cruelty across more than 50 countries.
Learn more about this event in this week’s Destination video - and visit before the event ends on August 3rd!
 

Mysterious Paradise
Visit the Mysterious Paradise Event, which is located on a wildlife themed region for shopping, music, and entertainment to help raise funds for the World Animal Protection organization. 100% of all donations and profits will support this organization that protects animals around the globe, so have fun while doing good! The event runs from July 20th to August 3rd. More information at www.MysteriousParadise.com
Visit in Second Life
Xiola Linden
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch! Four days later, mankind touched down on the moon's surface and  "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." was born! We wanted to celebrate the momentous occasion with a #SecondLifeChallenge
How To participate:
Take pics and/or videos of you and/or your friends in exploring outer space in Second Life Share your pics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using the hashtags #Apollo50th, #Apollo50, #Apollo11,  and #SecondLifeChallenge Submit your pic to our Official Flickr pools for Second Life Official and Second Life Challenge - Official using the hashtags #Apollo50th and #SecondLifeChallenge
"You get the pic, and I'll cover, in case we're not the only ones here!"
The above edit was taken at the National Space Society's lunar base:
Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing with the National Space Society in Second Life. Visit their Tranquility Base venue on Saturday, July 20th for two historic video watch parties at 1pm and 7:30pm SLT. There will also be a Space Age Sock Hop with DJ Aristippus from 4pm to 6pm SLT.
Visit in Second Life You can also drop by the Spaceflight Museum for some information about spaceflight in general.
Spaceflight Museum
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing, visit the International Spaceflight Museum, which hosts a series of exhibits and events about real-world space travel. Ride a rocket into space and explore the planets! Rockets and spacecraft from the past, present and future. More info at: www.ismuseum.org
Visit in Second Life  
Linden Lab
7/10 Update - For those who can't join us for the inworld event, we will be providing a video and transcript soon after the live event.
Want to learn more about Tilia, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Lab? 

Second Life executives Grumpity Linden (Senior Director of Product) and Patch Linden (Senior Director of Product Operations) will be answering questions about Tilia from the community at a special “Tilia Town Hall” event held inworld this Friday, July 12 at 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific). 
As announced on July 1, Tilia will soon be handling certain aspects of the Second Life service that will help us comply with U.S. laws and regulations via enhanced regulatory compliance protocols. We’ve been taking questions about Tilia in our official forum all week, so please join us as we continue to listen and respond.
Tilia Town Hall
Want to learn more about Tilia, the new subsidiary of Linden Lab?Here's your chance to learn more in this special Town Hall event, held July 12 at 1 p.m. (SLT/Pacific).
Visit in Second Life
Xiola Linden
Have you ever thought about writing your own Medieval novel? What if you could live through your very own battle of the throne without any of the very bloody and finite endings you’ve seen on television? Hold court, joust, ride forth into battle on the back of your trusted steed, or simply embrace the photogenic romance of living in an era long passed - it’s all possible in SL.

That’s where communities like MYSTVALE and other role-playing communities within Second Life come in. Tailored to immerse you in an experience that blends history and fantasy together, and allows you to begin making your own history through creative story-telling. Talk about choosing your own adventure!
Put on your favorite medieval outfit, grab your preferred party of adventurers, and cross the virtual veil into MYSTVALE. 

Are we missing any of your favorite role-playing Region in our Destination Guide? If so, submit your suggestions to the Destination Guide using our submission form or email us at editor@lindenlab.com.
Linden Lab
Second Life’s 16th Birthday celebrations continue this week with more fun and events, including an opportunity to meet the people behind Second Life. Here’s your chance to learn more about future plans for Second Life and other behind-the-scenes information via a series of special Town Hall Q&A events at SL16B. 

It all begins today at 2 p.m. with an opportunity to meet Senior Director of Product Operations Patch Linden. 
ABOUT PATCH LINDEN
Senior Director, Product Operations
A Resident since 2004, Patch was born into Second Life in September of 2007.  In his current duties, Patch works to bring the best of product and support based decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life, while maintaining oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business.
 
Meet the Lindens - Patch Linden
Meet Linden Lab Senior Director of Product Operations Patch Linden at this special event, held June 24 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Patch works to bring the best of product and support based decisions on a daily operational basis to the virtual world platform for Second Life, while maintaining oversight on how all of the various teams within Linden Lab can best work together for the highest good of the Residents and the business.
Visit in Second Life
On Tuesday, don’t miss a Q&A with Senior Director of SL Engineering Oz Linden and System Engineering Manager April Linden.
ABOUT OZ LINDEN
Senior Director, Second Life Engineering
Prior to joining Second Life, Oz spent many years developing all sorts of networking code -- eventually including contributions to the development of HTTP and from there to open source SIP (voice over IP). Internet Telephony turned into something of a corporate nightmare, so he looked around for something more fun. A friend who was working at the Lab recruited Oz to help with the open source program. Since he had already played a little with Second Life, he thought that it certainly met the "fun" criteria but he had no idea just how much fun. Nine years later, Oz is responsible for Second Life Engineering and having the time of his life. He is proud to be working on a product that means so much to so many people.
ABOUT APRIL LINDEN
Systems Engineering Manager, Operations
Before joining the dark side and going into management, April was an operations engineer herself for over 20 years. It’s the operations team that handles the care and feeding of the computers that power Second Life.
April has been a Resident of Second Life since 2006, and a Linden since 2013. She adores Second Life and the power that it has to change lives by providing people a safe place to explore themselves, and giving them the courage to change their lives in positive ways.

Meet the Lindens - Oz & April Linden
Meet Senior Director of SL Engineering Oz Linden and System Engineering Manager April Linden at this special event, held June 25 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Oz is responsible for Second Life Engineering and is proud to be working on a product that means so much to so many people. April adores Second Life and the power that it has to change lives by providing people a safe place to explore themselves, and giving them the courage to change their lives in positive ways.
Visit in Second Life
On Wednesday, you won’t want to miss your chance to hear directly from Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden about progress on improvements to Second Life and other developments in the works.
ABOUT EBBE LINDEN
CEO, Linden Lab
Ebbe Altberg came to Linden Lab with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. After graduating from Middlebury College he went on to work at Microsoft, where he spent most of his 12 years leading teams that created the world’s most popular productivity products such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Office. 
Meet the Lindens - Ebbe Linden
Meet Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Linden on June 26 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Ebbe has more than 25 years of experience leading teams and creating software used by hundreds of millions of users. Learn about his vision for Second Life at this special event.
Visit in Second Life  

It’s all about the community on Thursday as Lead Community Manager Xiola Linden and Marketing Content Specialist Strawberry Linden take the stage.
ABOUT XIOLA LINDEN
Lead Community Manager
Xiola Linden currently handles all things social media and community related for Second Life. A Resident since 2006, and a Linden since 2011, Xiola has seen how both the communities and the product have grown over the years. She truly believes in the unique talent and creativity of the Second Life community. Prior to coming to work at Linden Lab, she worked at a social gaming company heading up community and customer support teams. Working on Second Life has been a dream job come true. 
ABOUT STRAWBERRY LINDEN
Marketing Specialist
Bringing her experience as a Second Life Resident and blogger for over a decade, Strawberry Linden joined Linden Lab as a Marketing Content Specialist in April of 2019. Her role solely focuses on Second Life, and she strives to create tutorials and imagery that will resonate with not only new Residents, but also the current community. 
Meet the Lindens - Xiola & Strawberry Linden
Meet Lead Community Manager Xiola Linden and Marketing Content Specialist Strawberry Linden at this special event, held June 27 at 2 p.m. (Pacific). Xiola currently handles all things social media and community related for Second Life, while Strawberry strives to create tutorials and imagery that will resonate with not only new Residents, but also the current community.
Visit in Second Life
 
A playlist is available of these talks shortly after they happen, on our YouTube channel. 
 
On Friday, you can meet the Moles who build, script and create content for the Linden Department of Public Works.
Meet the Moles
The Moles are builders, scripters, and content creators employed by Linden Lab to work in the Linden Department of Public Works. Meet Naughty, Abnor, Squeaky and other Moles on Friday, June 28th at 2pm SLT at a special Town Hall Q&A session at the SL16B auditorium.
Visit in Second Life These events are among the many happenings this week on the SL16B regions. Check out the Destination Guide and our full events calendar on our SL16B landing page to see what else is happening!

 
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