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This was 2008… in Second Life

January 1, 2009 3:02 pm

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Browsing statistics & blogpost for 2008, I get an idea what the Second Life community was most interested in, what enraged us, and what made us go “woot!”. Of course, this would be uncomplete without a list of “10 things to remember about 2008″ and “5 things to forget as quickly as possible.” ;) An overview of 2008 in Second Life according to vintfalken.com:

Most Popular

‘Free Skins’ - This all started with news of Miss Eloh Eliot releasing her skins as ‘open source’ photoshop templates end 2007. This excellent example by Miss Eloh was swiftly followed by Sezmra Splendor. Basing their work on Eloh Eliot’s skin templates, and also releasing their .psd’s were Miss Strawberry and the Brazen Woman skin brand. I wonder if this means we’re cheap, or really interested in the craft of making SL skins? Regardless, I’m hoping to see some more ‘open’ skins released in 2009! (More or less also in this category: my free full perm bikini template. Lot’s of views & downloads, not many comments though. *shakes fist*)

The Tutorials: although most of the tutorials on this page were written in 2007, you are still really interested in ‘learning new stuff’. Toppers are using Photoshop’s liquify tool to correct squared breasts, layer styles for depth in textures (I still need to do Part II) and - strangely enough - How to see last login date.

Exotic Second Life Clients - Lots of interest for Kirsten’s Second Life Shadow Viewer and The 3D Stereo Viewer. I assume people like to see things “in a different perspective” once in a while, and of course, shadows rendered on the spot, for even the budget PC’s is something we continue to dream about. =)

Real Life - Anything ‘real life’ related gets a tremendously high view count, admit it, although you deny, you’re all pretty curious! Be it about the fact that I deny to be male or How the Second Life ‘flickrites’ look in atomic form, you can’t help but click it! ;)

Can we haz Openspace bailoutz?OpenSpaces - Despite such virtual wonders as the Garden of NPIRL Delights and Philip Linden being switched for M Linden, we’ll probably all remember Second Life’s 2008 as “the year the openspaces vanished”. Lots of just commotion over an unjust ‘pricing and policy change on Openspaces‘. That unjust that a Free Accounts Pricing and Policy changes suddenly became believable for a lot of residents. In the mean wile, the promised announcement about ’script limitations’ on openspaces & homesteads - “before January” - have not been announced yet. But for the real ‘effects’ - besides a serious drop in land mass - of this Linden Error, we’ll need to watch 2009 closely! ;)

OpenSim & Moving Your Stuff - Less comments, maybe most think “let’s wait and see” but lots of views on topics relating OpenSim, other girds and importing and exporting goods from and to our Second Life inventories. I believe this interest in OpenSim will only grow in 2009, as the code gets more stable, the functionality expanded and more and more people will turn to OpenSim to get their very own small grid, hosted on their own virtual land servers.

Live performance Virtual Family Von Trapp @ SL5B cancelled (b)For 2008 definitely remember:

  1. Second Life User Interface Design Contest
  2. Second Life Bloggers Mix’n Match.
  3. Linden trademark policy change and the new ‘your imagination, our trademark’ policy.
  4. Change in reporting ‘copyright violations’ and DMCA procedures.
  5. Prim in my Hand.
  6. Launch of avatars united, Myrl and Koinup growing.
  7. Attachments stuck up ass was fixed.
  8. Richard Minsky’s SLart. (still ongoing)
  9. SlangLife. (deceased in 2008 too)
  10. Vint joining “Team Rezzable”. In the same category: The Garden of NPIRL Delights & Dino Destroy.

SLim - Second Life Light instant messaging?We want to forget about:

  1. SLim.
  2. Age Verification.
  3. SL5B ft. child avatars.
  4. The new and not-really-improved secondlife.com.
  5. Lindens pretty much ignoring the teen grid.

Various Numbers

  1. Vintfalken.com average traffic went up 134,26% compared to 2007.
  2. Flickr.com is still my #1 referring site.
  3. Most of my visitors come from the USA, the UK, Germany, Canada and Belgium.
  4. In total people from 186 different countries visited vintfalken.com.
  5. There are currently 901 posts and 6,689 comments and Akismet has protected this site from 92,904 spam comments.

And errr.. before I forget:

Happy 2009!


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4 Responses to “This was 2008… in Second Life”

Uccello Poultry wrote a comment on January 1, 2009
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Happy 2009, Vint! I hope you find it filled with love, happiness, prosperity, and the candy of your choice.

Gomalt wrote a comment on January 2, 2009
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In regards to the free skins thing:
” wonder if this means we’re cheap, or really interested in the craft of making SL skins? Regardless, I’m hoping to see some more ‘open’ skins released in 2009! ”

I absolutely hate this, let me explain why:
I spent probably 2 months making a great skin base with my own source and no help from anyone else. I’m a self-taught user of Photoshop, which I paid real money for. I spent many many many hours making my skins, and then people started releasing the skin bases. Not to mention, people started selling stolen skins and one of the “top skin designers” (cough soulskins cough) is still one of the highest listed classifieds, usually even on the front page of search.

Anyways…

What I hate most about this is the fact that people take these skin bases and mash together maybe 5 minutes of work, and then sell them for hundreds of lindens.

This, along with content theft has almost completely crashed the skin business.

Gwyneth Llewelyn wrote a comment on January 2, 2009
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2008 was a wild ride, but nothing compared to what 2009 will be :)

Happy 2009 for you too, Vint! *hugs*

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