OSgrid outage drags down stats in September

The grid numbers were down this month, partly due to an outage on OSgrid, the oldest virtual world running on the OpenSim software and one of the largest grids. However, the number of downloads of the OpenSimulator software reached an all-time high this month.

The number of standard region equivalents dropped by 1,793 on OpenSim’s 223 active public grids, to 50,419, while the number of active users increased by 314, to 23,208.

The number of regions on OpenSim's top 40 grids dropped by 1,846, to 48,332. (Hypergrid Business data.)

The number of regions on OpenSim’s top 40 grids dropped by 1,836, to 48,342. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Most of this drop was due to the OSgrid outage that began August 18, and cost the grid 3,006 regions and 2,666 actives. As of today, the grid was only reporting 894 active users — the number of people who logged in last month just before the grid went down.

Meanwhile, the OpenSim software has been downloaded a record 6,507 times this past month, including a near-record 2,031 downloads of the Diva Distro, a record-high 2,196 new downloads of Sim-on-a-Stick, 97 downloads of New World Studio, and 2,183 downloads of the standard distribution at OpenSimulator.org.

According to Hypergrid Business estimates, the OpenSim software has been downloaded 204,476 times since September 2010, when we first started keeping track.

Downloads of the four major distributions of OpenSimulator software. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Downloads of the four major distributions of OpenSimulator software. (Hypergrid Business data.)

Popularity

For company and school grids, relative popularity is not an issue — the grids are set up for a specific purpose, and if they meet that purpose, then they are successful. The same is true for grids run by niche communities or that serve a special need not met elsewhere.

But when it comes to general-purpose social grids, the rule of thumb is: the bigger and busier, the better. People looking to make new friends look for grids that already have the most users. Merchants looking to sell content will go to the grids with the most potential customers. Event organizers looking for the biggest audience… you get the idea.

With that in mind, here are the ten most popular grids this month:

The biggest gainer was Metropolis, which was a top destination for OSgrid users locked out of that grid. Metropolis gained 1,240 new active users, but 700 of those were a result of now including hypergrid travelers in the active user statistics. Since OSgrid is a major source of hypergrid travelers, Metropolis may have had even more hypergrid visitors last month — or it could have had fewer.

Hypergrid visitors are a fair way to mark a grid’s activity level — in fact, some grids get most of their users from the hypergrid, but it does throw off the month-to-month growth comparison.

The closed commercial grid Avination gained 495 active users, its second high-growth month in a row. It also gained 57 regions, while its chief competitor, InWorldz, lost 60 actives and 16 regions but still retained a very comfortable lead.

Craft, another open grid that likely benefited a bit from OSgrid’s outage, gained 129 active users.

World-DC, a Portuguese-language grid, seems to be picking up users from the troubled AviWorlds grid and made it into our top ten list.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference, with 648 active users, would have made seventh place in our list but, as a result of running load and scalability tests every Tuesday.  The conference began accepting registrations today for the November event. I originally had it in this top ten list, but, as readers pointed out, a scalability test often composed of alts and bots isn’t a fair measure of a grid’s activity.

Metropolis grid’s Metroberfest begins late this month

The Octoberfest celebrations start on the Metropolis grid on Monday, September 29, and will go on through October 5, on the Octoberfest region of the Metropolis grid.

(Image courtesy Metropolis.)

(Image courtesy Metropolis.)

At this time, eleven musicians have already been booked to perform live, three German authors will have live readings, as will two English-speaking authors. In addition, five DJs have also been booked for the festival, and there will be a fireworks on the final day.

Littlefield celebrates Octoberfest, Avatar Social Network anniversary

For more Oktoberfest celebration, visit Littlefield’s Munich region via hypergrid at lfgrid.com:8002:Munich. The event starts at 8 p.m. Pacific on September 20 and features beer, dancing, a live DJ, rides, and free Oktoberfest outfits.

Oktoberfest on Littlefield Grid. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Oktoberfest on Littlefield Grid. (Image courtesy Littlefield.)

Then come celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Avatar Social Network Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. Pacific on the Speakeasy region — hypergrid teleport to lfgrid.com:8002:Speakeasy. Or visit the company’s permanent home at lfgrid.com:8002:ASN Island.

During this past year, Avatar Social Network has grown dramatically by rewarding members for posting, moderating the forums, and by not requiring real names.

According to founder Arkad Baxton, members have written 70,000 posts, uploaded 30,000 photos and made 12,000 friends on the network over the course of the year.

In addition to the celebration on Littlefield, there will be a party on Second Life the week before, September 20, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific, on the Prim region.

(Image courtesy Avatar Social Network.)

(Image courtesy Avatar Social Network.)

As part of the celebration, Littlefield Grid is offering a 25 percent land rental discount to members of the Avatar Social Network. This means that the grid’s regular $20 regions now cost just $15 a month. The discount also applies to the variable-sized regions that the grid has added. A nine-region 270,000-prim varregion, normally $120, is just $90 with ASN membership. That works out to $10 per 30,000-prim region — with no border crossings.

Four-region varregions are also available, grid owner Walter Balazic told Hypergrid Business. Full pricing details are on the grid’s land rental page.

(Image courtesy Littlefield Grid.)

(Image courtesy Littlefield Grid.)

Then, on Sunday, September 28 at 3 p.m. Pacific, Jerry Angel performs live at Sound City, with classic tunes from the likes of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Teleport in to lfgrid.com:8002:Littlefield East.

OBA region. (Image courtesy Littlefield Grid.)

OBA region. (Image courtesy Littlefield Grid.)

Finally, don’t forget to mark you calendars for the OpenSim Builders Alliance mesh training classes with Aaaack Aardvark every Sunday at 2 p.m. Pacific on the OBA region. Teleport in to lfgrid.com:8002:OBA.

Dankoville moves to Kitely

Dankoville, a small personal grid used for roleplay and immersive storytelling, has suspended operation as a self-hosted OpenSim mini-grid for a few weeks.

It will be upgraded to the latest version of OpenSim and moved back to its own hosting but, meanwhile, it is on Kitely, and is accessible via hypergrid at grid.kitely.com:8002:Dankoville.

In other Kitely news, the winners of the RezMela photography and machinima contest have been announced, with $250 going to Joan O’Fark for a story about a lost boy.

RezMela is a company that offers an in-world framework for easily creating training simulations on the Kitely grid, with a wide variety of pre-made content related to disaster recovery and emergency services.

Kitely also reported the numbers for its Kitely Market, where exportable items continued to grow faster than listings overall. There are now 3,121 products on the market, in 6,058 variations. Of those variations, 2,552 are exportable to other grids.

“We’re making good progress with the development of the various improvements we have planned for Kitely Market,” Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business. “The next major feature release is planned for public rollout in the next few days.”

 

Growth of Kitely Market. (Data courtesy Kitely.)

Growth of Kitely Market. (Data courtesy Kitely.)

AviWorlds up? Down? Who knows!

Earlier this month, AviWorlds owner Alexsandro Pomposelli told Hypergrid Business that the AviWorlds grid was down indefinitely.

But, on Twitter, he announced that the grid was back up, accepting registrations, and would have 27 million square meters of mainland area — equivalent to about 412 standard regions.

(Image by AviWorlds via Twitter.)

(Image by AviWorlds via Twitter.)

The grid’s Facebook page and website are both currently down, but the Google Plus community is up.

The grid’s LoginURI — aviworlds.com:8022 — does not work. But, mysteriously, lostworld-os.com:8002 does. Moreover, that loginURI’s grid info page says that the grid’s name is AviWorlds, and points to the AviWorld Twitter feed as the splash page.

Virtual Highway offers land deal, hosts Led Zeppelin charity concert

Until October 15, 2014, grid residents can rent a varregion the size of four standard regions for $90 that can hold up to 40,000 prims and an unlimited number of avatars. Contact Logger Sewell or Geo Falcone for more information.

“We are so thrilled with the performance of the varregions,” said grid owner Gene Call. “And are setting up boat races … and have been testing flight scripts with fighter jets … The person bringing in the flight scripts is amazed with how much fun it is to fly with no sim crossings.”

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Virtual Highway now has its mainland set up as a varregion the size of 100 regular regions, including open water for sailing and boating.

“We have surfing and ocean park areas along with our beautiful Tropical Paradise and Enchanted Mermaid Isle for your enjoyment,” Call told Hypergrid Business.

The grid is also helping fix a teleport problem related to these varregions by supporting Cool VL Viewer developer Henry Beauchamp.

“The main problem is with viewers dealing with teleporting from one size region to a different size one,” said Call. “They look for the same dimensions when processing a teleport. What that means at this time is….. well… the song ‘Hotel California’ comes to mind. You can teleport in, but you can’t teleport out without relogging — most of the time.”

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Sunday nights in Virtual Highway have fast become Trivia Night. Every Sunday, DJ gem — gemini Solano — hosts a rocking good time at The Pit, featuring excellent rock music and random trivia questions for all to answer.

“I wanted to do something different, that wasn’t already being done,” she said. “I like the trivia format because it keeps things lively during my event at the Pit.” She gets her questions from a website that generates random trivia questions.

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Platinum Tone Productions will be bringing several tribute concerts to Virtual Highway. This month, on September 20, starting at 3 p.m. Pacific, a Led Zeppelin tribute concert will be raising money for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center.

Transitions

We have several new grids on our list this month, including Avacon, Endivatomic World, Radioactive Grid, 2Open, Sunlight Grid, Avatopia, SRPSIM, Your World, OCGrid, IWW Wobbly World, FNV, Neadon2025 and MetaCosmo.

We’re listing 31 grids as suspended this month because we haven’t been able to get to their grid info pages or websites these past few weeks, including:  3D Greek Educational Area, AngelFire Grid, Another World, araland, Bubblesz, CatZones, Cryptic Rising, Dream Realms 3D, Dreama, Fantasy Estates, Insight Concepts, iSynergy3D, Myvirtworld, Next Reality, Noon Universe, Noxico, Osenia, Paradis Land, Planet Einstein, Pleasant Retreat, Smxy, Speculoos, Tellus, The World of Begabungs, Tu Lugar Virtual, Virtual France, Virtual Harmony, vmetu, VRealm, W3DC-World, and Your Alternative Life.

If there’s a public grid we’re not tracking, please email us at [email protected]. There’s no centralized way to find OpenSim grids, so if you don’t tell us about it, and Google doesn’t alert us, we won’t know about it.

I’m not going to list the Second Life region losses this month. I just don’t have the heart for it.

September Region Counts on the Top 40 Grids

The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of over 859 different publicly-accessible grids, 223 of which were active this month, and 175 of which published their statistics.

All region counts on this list are, whenever available, in terms of standard region equivalents. Active user counts include hypergrid visitors whenever possible.

Many school, company or personal grids do not publish their numbers.

The raw data for this month’s report is hereA list of all active grids is here.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • “Active user counts include hypergrid visitors whenever possible.” This changed after you gathered your numbers, as noted here, and where discussion is ongoing [and where I will ad my wooden nickles worth next], concerning other stat issues.

    http://forum.hypergrid.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3792

    So now Metro shows “Online last 30 days:2.739” That outta shakes things up a bit as I think that would show Metro gained approx 1200 rather than 500…lol

    Does this show anything real, will people twist this to their own perceptions, does it matter, who knows but The Moirai [and they may not know either].

    The Metroberfest will be lots of fun I think. I was able to attend last year and really enjoyed it, and the companionship of nice people with fun conversation appeals to me a lot.

    Zaphod is doing some wonderful help with it, and has added Region and people reviews as well as this really good rundown of what is planned for the Fest. It is worthwhile reading various of his other pages. http://the-hyperzette.blogspot.com/2014/09/metroberfest-2014-on-metropolis-grid_13.html

    • Yes, I just got the email from the Metropolis folks, and next month’s stats will reflect the new numbers.

      Anyone who wants to see them, the data is on the grid’s home page, in the top right corner: http://metropolis.hypergrid.org

      As a result of the change, Metropolis has 700 more active users than our data shows this month. Whether it gained those users compared to last month or not I don’t know, because we don’t have the hypergrid user data for the previous month.

      In fact, if many of its hypergrid visitors were coming from OSgrid, you might argue that the number of hypergrid travelers to Metropolis would have decreased this month, since OSgrid was down and people had to log into Metropolis directly, instead.

      Where the new number DOES make a big difference is in the popularity rankings — it makes Metropolis the second most-popular grid this month, ahead of Avination. I’ve updated the story to reflect this.

      • Yes, well, the active ppl in OSG, combined with Metro always getting a bit of HG travelers anyway [tho obviously the current OSG issue is most of it now], many have moved, likely temporarily, to other places or their own instances with HG enabled.

        Craft is one, and more so since Tao released a statement on g+ they were relaxing their requirements to connect.

        Most had their IARs and OARs, I would expect, and it’s a simple matter, so simple, in fact, even I could, maybe, do it-))

        More importantly, it is just people moving from one place to another, just as is done in the closed commercial ones among themselves.

        Also important to note [or is it?] is that this was almost as much as the increase in new accounts, much of this, I think, from people, and their friends and such, wanting to make new accounts there in order to participate more easily.

        Metropolis was already popular though, just sayin’-)))

        • Seth Nygard

          I suspect the number of osgrid refugee users in Metro may decrease to some degree. There has been an increase in negative comments from other users about us osgrid users causing the slowdowns and region problems in Metropolis over the past month. A place where at first we felt welcomed no longer feels as welcoming. I already know people that won’t go back and are moving to other grids. I myself now rarely use my Metropolis avatar and instead favour my small HG enabled standalone until we know what is happening with osgrid.

          There are many factors that make tracking the numbers in any given grid very hard to do. And people move around for many reasons, not all of which are predictable.

          • I have no clue about any negatives at all, but I don’t really talk to many people anymore either…lol

            I just go by what I have seen with my own eyes…posters on the sandbox welcoming OSG folx [copyable and I did], and I was just riding on some hamster in *center* where Kahn Khalim was riding one also..lol…he was afk tho, which said solidarity.

            I have also, in the short time there, never seen any of the regulars or admins say anything negative at all about OSG, but quite the contrary.

            They even added another server to help with the additional load, which was actually slowing things down, but that is to be expected when you have lots of people uploading IARs and OARs regularly.

            It is always best, at least to my eyes, to keep in mind there are those who wish to see the free Meta have strife and drama, just as where those ppl come from have..it’s their nature.

            I just look at it overall, myself.

            Either way, of course people are free to do as they wish, I am just noting what I see with my own eyes for whatever that is worth…lol

            People come and people go all the time, just as in OSG, and it will all work out fine in time, I am sure. I rather miss hypergating into some places I tend to check out from time to time.

  • AviWorlds

    the problem with AviWorlds is that the newest versions are unstable and if I use the oldest one then later I cannot upgrade. So therefore we are waiting for a new stable version of opensim. The other problem is hosting. The two major hosting companies as I have tried to say here many times FAILED AviWorlds grid needs, performance and stability as well as SAFETY. No back ups for example and data base corruption.
    The proof is on the fact that I did my job every time AviWorlds was online. I did my part in marketing and administering the grid and all the times it made top 10 and even did very well in Marias grid survey. It surely was not my fault. Just think about it …So I attest that I did my part as CEO and AviWorlds reached its potential but it was cut short because of incompetence;.

    Let it be known here that WORLD- DC was being supported by me. I paid for the server fees until last month. World-Dc has all my ideas and unfortunately I had to distance myself from it because it is stilling DC comics logo. So I cannot be part of it.

    Alex

  • Update on the Lost World — the grid owner got in touch, and there was an error in how they set up their ROBUST settings, which has been fixed. Any connections to AviWorlds were accidental.

    Here’s the grid’s real home page: http://lostworld-os.com:8002/wifi and real grid info page: http://lostworld-os.com:8002/get_grid_info

    Nice snapshot!

    • AviWorlds

      yes I was helping the owner of Lost Word set up his 8.0.1 robust and gave him a copy of AviWorlds robust. During that transition he must of forgotten to change from aviworlds.com to lostworld-os.com
      Alex

  • Hey Alex can you send me a private email I have some exciting thing to talk with you about you are an extreamly hard person to find a direct contact for

  • Talla Adam

    I have to say it, this looks a bit like overkill to me and I’m sure most grid owners will not want to show so much information. Even now a lot of grids only show total registered users and perhaps region count. A lot don’t like showing active users I noticed and that is probably because when a grid is small and growing the active number doesn’t look so good. My web crawler has a hard job scraping all the different configurations anyway so I have to do a lot of manual work at least once a week to keep my search engine stats up to date. Presently I don’t make a distinction between var regions and standard or calculate var areas and it’s not likely I will because I doubt many will want to display the data. As for user activity I cover the 30 day value if displayed and add any HG traffic to it because that is basically all most are interested in I’m sure – Traffic, whether it be unique login’s or hg visitors. All activity is traffic so breaking it down doesn’t mean Hypergrid travelers are somehow a different species to regulars. They all come to the grid to socialize, role play, attend events or acquire virtual products. And that’s what grid owners want, right?

    • Talla —

      The only useful reason to separate local and hypergrid visitors — that I can see — is to have a clean count of total active OpenSim users.

      Otherwise, if someone travels to ten different grids over the course of a month, they’re counted times!

      Of course, that’s also true if they have an account on each of those ten grids, and log in directly!

      So, in the end, it’s probably all a wash. 🙂

      I’m with you — the numbers that I want to see most are total land area, and total traffic. And the total traffic number is becoming more and more important all the time as land gets cheaper and cheaper.

    • look talla. i made php stuff for people to use if they find what i write useful for them. Its their choice to use it or not. Im not forcing people to use what i write, its their choice, thats what being in a free country like canada and USA is all about. If people dont like what i do then dont use what i made. And what i do made is open source license meaning if someone doesnt like certain stuff they can just remove it for themselves.

      • lmpierce

        Hi Christopher,

        Please express your disagreement and POV without the confrontational “look…” – otherwise it comes off as a personal attack.