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  1. As the new year begins, we have some exciting news to share. The migration of Second Life to the cloud is now complete! All the interconnected services and databases that collectively provide you with Second Life have been migrated to Amazon’s cloud servers. The "uplift" to the cloud will help bring better simulator performance and also improves our ability to diagnose problems and scale our systems for future growth and improvements. Here’s a peek at the former cage in our colocation facility that housed our servers since 2009, now cleaned out and completely empty. Many
    61 points
  2. 2020 has been an eventful year that none of us will soon forget. The global pandemic has impacted all of us deeply and it has also caused many people and organizations to develop a new appreciation for how virtual worlds can bring people together for comfort, connections, entertainment, joy, inspiration, and even income. As the pandemic grew rapidly, so too did Second Life. At the initial onset of the lockdowns, Second Life saw about a 60% increase in new user registrations compared to the same time in the previous year and there has since been sustained growth in both concurrency and ec
    33 points
  3. It’s been a busy year for the marketing team at Linden Lab. The year 2020 began smoothly with several new ambitious campaigns and promotional initiatives for Second Life as detailed in our March 3 post “The Heart & Science of Second Life Marketing”. Among the highlights shared in that post and discussed the same week in “Lab Gab” were early-year marketing strategies and accomplishments in: Paid/Performance Marketing - There was a complete refresh of our paid display ad campaigns and dozens of new video ads debuted, as well as improved ad targeting technologies. Org
    28 points
  4. Pictured above: Moonlight Teahouse Now that we're all obsessed with washing our hands, it's time to get those virtual paws dirty with some gardening! The plants of Second Life are truly one of my favorite parts of coming inworld. I am continually impressed by the botanical creations I see. Some are exact replicas of things from nature, and others are imaginative renderings that look like props from a fantasy movie. While 2021 may not be the fresh start some of us had hoped for, there are plenty of regions waiting for you with space to clear your thoughts and think positively about the fut
    9 points
  5. This week we are traveling around the globe and through time through the extensive David Rumsey map collection. David Rumsey, President of Cartography Associates, has been an avid collector of maps since the early 1980s. According to his website, the collection “contains more than 150,000 maps... Items range in date from about 1550 to the present.” The digitization of archival materials has made historical content more accessible, and Rumsey had the keen foresight to create an interactive experience with these maps in Second Life. Rumsey states, “We built the 4 {regions} in 200
    7 points
  6. From all of us at Linden Lab, a Happy New Year to all Residents of Second Life and the world! Goodbye 2020 - and here's to a safer and better 2021! A big thank you to all the Residents who have shared their wonderful Second Life images with us in our Official Flickr Group this year. Click over to see more of them celebrating the new year with the 2021 hashtag. Today's pic of the day is a collage of some celebratory images by Residents: Finn Lawksley, Ryogo Nakamura, Kamalmarx, Shakilyn Peppermint, Winter Jefferson, and Haiden Gothly. For a chance to have your image featu
    7 points
  7. It's time for another photo challenge! Whether you're going for festive or cozy, share a picture of your escapades in one of your favorite winter regions. It can be a solo or group shot, and let us know the name of the region. Strawberry and I took the photo above at Silent Night. It's absolutely gorgeous but I was not prepared for the cold, as you can see from our frosty breath. I'm also probably about to trip over my untied shoelaces. Will your pic be silly or dramatic? Featuring a snowman or an ice skating rink? Scope out the winter attractions soon, we can't wait to see what you
    7 points
  8. In today's Second Life pic of the day, Harlow Holiday is all set for the Polar Prom! Click over for details about the Burrow Company's Polar Prom on January 9th. Here's a destination link for Burrow! Happy Prom everyone! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    6 points
  9. This week Tansee, Coordinator of the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), takes us on a tour of this region’s immense and breathtaking landscape. The Second Life Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Linden Lab, launched January 1st, 2021. The new initiative, originally announced in September, provides an opportunity for artists to apply for use of grid space to create artistic experiences in Second Life while also promoting the overall virtual arts community in SL. The SLEA, which is the spiritual successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), bears a
    6 points
  10. December 21st is the first day of Winter, discover the beauty of winter in the virtual world. Explore the Winter category on the Second Life Destination Guide. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Jack Finn. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    6 points
  11. Pictured: White Veil by Bryn Oh and Cica Ghost On Friday afternoons I usually do my Highlights from the Destination Guide blog post where I share some of the latest interesting destinations from that week. However, the tool we use to update the Destination Guide is still in the process of being uplifted, read the details here. It is one of the final updates left for uplift and we are hoping it should be done by the end of next week. Since I haven’t been able to add anything to the Destination Guide, I thought I would share some Art events that you can attend this weekend in Second L
    4 points
  12. January 6th is Cuddle Up Day so grab a loved one and get your snuggle on, no social distancing needed in the virtual world! Today’s Second Life pic of the day is by Jenya. Share pics with your cuddle buddy in our official Flickr group! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    3 points
  13. Stronger Together by Belen Ackland is today's Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    3 points
  14. "So, 2020. That sort of happened, didn’t it? Yeah, what a bloody year to decide to try writing a retrospective post! But I’m nothing if not a stubborn git, and I’m determined to find as much good in this otherwise crappy year as I can. The personal, internal, RL processing is being done away from this blog, but here I can focus more on the SL side of things and bring you some of my favourite things from my digital life this year – both inworld and out." Read more on the blog.
    3 points
  15. "More of my favorite Christmas 2020 pics..." Read more on the blog.
    3 points
  16. Merry Christmas Eve! Spend some time with your loved ones in the virtual world. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Roman Godde. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    3 points
  17. Pictured: Luane's World One of my most favorite part of my job description is updating the Second Life Destination Guide. I discover beautiful new locations to explore, all created by you, the Residents! We know how beloved it is to our Residents as well, that’s why we wanted you to be aware of a temporary freeze on new additions to the Destination Guide over the next few days and possibly until early in January. Why? As part of our overall migration to the cloud, some of our web publishing tools (including what we use internally to update the Destination Guide) may be unavailable fo
    3 points
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  19. Pictured: Digital Art On December 22nd I announced that the Second Life Destination Guide was being uplifted to the cloud. That process is still underway, however, we have run into some errors. For this reason, the web publishing tool that allows us to update the Destination Guide is still unavailable and will be for the foreseeable future until these errors can be corrected. I am hoping it won’t be much longer than another week or two. I will continue to update you on this status every Friday. The submission form for the Destination Guide is also giving errors because of this, so p
    2 points
  20. Happy National Hat Day! Mika Snow's hat is keeping her warm in today's Second Life pic of the day. Mika is also a prolific Second Life YouTuber and budding Second Life TikTok-er, click over and subscribe to her channels! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    2 points
  21. ‘Zora’ by Sugah Pancake is today’s Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    2 points
  22. Happy Kiss a Ginger Day! Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Serenity Found. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    2 points
  23. Make a connection in Second Life! Today's pic of the day is by Gabriel De Roca. Check out the "Make Friends" and "Missed Connections" categories on our Second Life Community Forums. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    2 points
  24. While many of us are still recovering from the winter holidays, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and our shopping itch just won’t go away! Linden Lab is winding up for a Valentine’s Day inworld shopping event - and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate. The 2021 Valentine’s Day edition of Shop & Hop will open on Friday, February 5th, and will run through Wednesday, February 17th. This is your opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, by offering some of your best items. We are looking for Merchants willing to offer a discount on
    2 points
  25. "In this Second Life video, I'll provide recommendations for upgrading your PC to make Second Life faster (Graphics, CPU, FPS, lag). I'll also show tips for adjusting the graphics settings in the Firestorm viewer. Suitable both for beginners and long-term residents!" Click over to watch the video on YouTube.
    2 points
  26. ""Miss Caroline Walker came to me a few days ago with a great idea: to have a page that lists which mesh heads and bodies are currently available on the grid for free or as group gifts! We get asked this question pretty often, and with designers being so generous these days, it’s nice to have a resource that will guide you. " Read more on the blog.
    2 points
  27. Merry Christmas Second Life Residents! Today's pic of the day is by Vanky. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    2 points
  28. Pictured: Snoweeta Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide! Snoweeta An endless winter walk over the vast cloud-covered fields in Skåne can look empty and devoid. But when you look around closely, the snowy scene has many stories to tell. Who got stuck
    2 points
  29. Chess anyone? We're loving Elise Mersereau's homage to The Queen’s Gambit in today's Second Life pic of the day. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    2 points
  30. Joy to the grid, the winter festivities have begun! WINTER SHOP & HOP 2020 - NOW OPEN! Our 2020 Winter Shop & Hop is now open with 180 participating Merchants, 9 shopping regions, and tons of ideas for all your holiday shopping needs! It will be held till January 3rd, 2021. In the great gift of giving, most Merchants have provided at least one gift (no group needed) to share with you this holiday season and have put deep discounts on many of their top products. Scroll down for a complete list of participating Merchants, and the slurls, in alphabetical order.
    2 points
  31. Linden Lab is pleased to announce the Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA), a new community arts initiative developed in partnership with Tansee and Hannington Xeltentat. What is the SLEA? SLEA is the spiritual successor to the former Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA), a decade-long partnership with the arts community that aimed to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster innovation, collaboration and education. Due to open to the public in January 2021, the new SLEA is a multi-region experience that aims to provide opportunities to further fuel interest in and spotligh
    2 points
  32. Well, this is awkward... Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we’ve experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for new Second Life regions. While we are thrilled by the heightened interest, the increased demand has consumed our available inventory of full regions and homesteads (there are still many parcels available on existing regions, both on the mainland and from private estates). We are committed to maintaining (and improving) the stability and performance of Second Life. So while we are very gratified that we can be of help to people in these trying times, unfortunately,
    2 points
  33. The big day is here! The Environmental Enhancement Project has been released grid-wide. As of today the default viewer download and all regions on the grid fully support EEP! If you have not been following this exciting project, you can check out this wiki page and the community discussion. EEP offers: Environment objects that you can keep in your inventory and share with others Parcel-level control of environments Up to four different, independently controlled sky layers More options for customization New LSL functions rolling out as part of EEP allow s
    2 points
  34. "Confession: I have been ill for the past week and I have no idea what to talk about that would not be depressing hahaha! To cheer me up, I made a little trip to the Lost Lagoon sim. Always such a beautiful place to visit, with the ocean around the island, the landscaping was done to perfection, and scenery that will calm the most restless spirits. It is so amazing to have the ability to find some peace of mind while exploring a virtual world. That concept absolutely fascinates me!" Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  35. "Starting at 11am PST on Friday 22nd January the first episode of the new 2021 Lab Gab series will air live. Strawberry Linden will be speaking to Tansee the coordinator for SLEA, Patch Linden (VP of Product Operations) and Brett Linden (VP of Marketing)." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  36. "I found the motherload for the new year right here in Second Life. What is new for 2021? I do hope the new year brings lots of exciting adventures to you. I like to learn a new skill and hopefully this time I will actually complete it. Maybe make some more Second Life Videos or since this was a tip of a "friend" use Second Life as a teaching tool for my classroom. Who knows, it may be fun." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  37. "More art that didn’t make a feature but should have." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  38. "May 2021 bring us all some happiness and normalcy in this craziness that was 2020!" Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  39. "During the last 12 hours or so it appears more Stilt Linden homes are being released to the public in Second Life along with Traditional, Houseboats, Victorian and Log homes. There is roughly 2.300 homes still unclaimed spread over 92 regions showing as Protected Land." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  40. "Suzen Juel’s photostream is full of pictures she has taken at Second Life art installations. Some of the time she interacts with the installation as in “Bridge,” the picture above from Cica Ghost’s installation. I asked her for her favorite photo and she chose this one, explaining, “I LOVE Cica Ghosts work and had a chance to visit her sim. The lighting was already bright and warm so this one wasn't as complex as I can get with some.” " Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  41. "Are you planning a romantic dinner for two? If so the Holly Set dinning table with Pergola by Shutter Field is perfect for you. I also placed a few things from the current round of Swank to increase the ambiance..." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  42. December 18th is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day! Share pictures with your ugly Christmas sweaters in our official Flickr group. Everything about today's Second Life pic of the day by Panda Banana is as cute as can be. For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    1 point
  43. "I love Second Life groups that focus on one thing and really do it. With over 200 members, Second Life Avians is just such a group, This picture, “Snowbird,” by Heather Falls, makes me think of a Christmas Card illustration. It’s perfect for a bit of text on the lower right wishing us a Merry Christmas or Season’s Greetings." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  44. "...that testifies of the power of kindness and charity." Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  45. "It always seems so strange to me to start without saying ‘hello’ but it shouldn’t be that strange since I’m writing. I’m trying to resist doing that so much but then I get confused on how I ought to start. Do you say hello when you begin writing or is that just my life now?" Read more on the blog.
    1 point
  46. One day, Simba, all of the cupcakes will be yours. Today's Second Life pic of the day is by Ara. Happy National Cupcake Day! For a chance to have your image featured as the Second Life pic of the day, submit your work to the Official Second Life Flickr Group, but don't forget to read the rules! Connect with Second Life on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | Pinterest | Tumblr | Plurk | TikTok | Reddit | LinkedIn
    1 point
  47. This week we are listening to five inspiring stories as Residents share how they celebrate the holidays in Second Life. Isabelle Cheren, a video artist and blogger, speaks highly of SL Residents’ adaptability to the current social isolation in the physical world. Given the depth of connections people can have with each other in the virtual world, she thinks people may be more inclined to give it a try. Having grown up in Australia, Cheren says the winter holiday spirit of SL “feels like those films I used to watch when I was a young girl because… we never had any of this, the snow,
    1 point
  48. We’ve gotten quite a few questions lately about how we market Second Life to potential new residents. Insight into our current and future marketing strategies is important because it provides a glimpse into our efforts to help grow the Second Life population and economy as it enters its 17th year of operations. That’s why our current Marketing team has been working hard over the past year to sharpen our growth initiatives with more efficient and targeted campaigns that reach across many paid, organic and social channels. Keep reading to learn what we’re doing now and in the near future - we’ll
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