All OpenSim stats up in November

The total number of regions, registered users and active users all hit new record highs this month.

The total land area on OpenSim’s public grids rose by the equivalent of 1,943  standard regions to 54,123, the grids gained more than 8,000 new registered users, and the number of active users rose by an even 1,900 this month in large part due to a successful OpenSimulator Community Conference.

AviWorlds was the big land gainer this month, with a series of recent mergers with others grids as well as a free land giveaway. Altogether, 22 different grids gained land this month.

Number of standard region equivalents on all public OpenSim grids.

Number of standard region equivalents on all public OpenSim grids.

The OpenSim software has been downloaded 1,940 times this past month, including 614 downloads of the Diva Distro, 1,128 new downloads of Sim-on-a-Stick, 31 downloads of New World Studio, and 167 downloads of the standard distribution at OpenSimulator.org, which seemed to have a glitch in its counter this month.

According to Hypergrid Business estimates, the OpenSim software has been downloaded 213,715 times since September 2010, when we first started keeping track.

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:

We did not include the OpenSimulator Community Conference numbers in previous top-ten lists since the grid was simply running scalability tests. But this month, the conference grid deserves to be on the list, because the conference was actually held, and the grid was packed with real, live attendees.

The conference grid wasn’t the only gainer, however. A total of 70 grids gained active users this month. On our top ten list, Metropolis gained 63 active users, Kitely gained 33, Craft gained 70, 3rd Rock gained 39, FrancoGrid gained 82, Lost Paradise gained 14, and Islands of Enlightenment — an educational grid based in upstate New York — gained 243.

Logicamp launches Web boutique

Logicamp, a low-cost grid based in Belgium, has posted a few hundred items online in its Web Boutique market.

It’s based on the same principle as OpenSim Creations, which is currently down because of technical issues.

People can download the archive containing the XML file and import it into OpenSim or SecondLife with the Imprudence viewer,” grid owner Didier Preud’homme told Hypergrid Business. “Improvements will soon be made to enable content creators to bring their items for sale in the Logicamp shop.”

The grid also hosts a party every Friday on its Condensation region, at noon Pacific. Teleport via hypergrid to logicamp.org:8002:condensation.

Six of the 335 items currently available for free download on the Logicamp Boutique.

Six of the 335 items currently available for free download on the Logicamp Boutique.

3rd Rock Grid add rent-free malls

3rd Rock Grid has added two new shopping malls with rent-free stores. To claim a store, merchants should contact Tommy Rock or Sunny Tomorrow in-world.

The grid has also given away several free “First Land” regions, grid owner Terry Ford — also known as Butch Arnold in-world — told Hypergrid Business. These regions are free to new residents for the first 30 days, then cost just $8 a month for 15,000 prims after that.

The grid has also added two new staff members, greeter Paige Stormblade and website blogger Peebles Rock.

The new Sifton Mall. (Image courtesy 3rd Rock Grid.)

The new Sifton Mall. (Image courtesy 3rd Rock Grid.)

Oil painting exhibit at Dorena’s World

French oil painter Prodyck Theas is exhibiting landscape paintings through the end of the month on the Beeblebrox region of Dorena’s World grid. Teleport in via hypergrid to Dorenas-world.de:8002:Beeblebrox.

(Image courtesy Dorena's World.)

(Image courtesy Dorena’s World.)

Kitely market adds features, product listings

The number of exportable items on the Kitely Market shot up 20 percent this month, with more than 500 additional product variations now enabled for delivery to other grids. The number of non-exportable items actually shrank this month.

Kitely Market's exportable and non-exportable variations.

Kitely Market’s exportable and non-exportable variations.

 

The Kitely Market now offers 6,794 variations of 3,316 products, a record high, and the biggest single increase in variations since the market first became hypergrid enabled in March.

 

A presentation about the Kitely Market was also the most popular event in the Business and Enterprise track at the OpenSimulator Community Conference earlier this month. You can watch a taped recording of the presentation here.

“We made several significant upgrades to Kitely Market this past month, adding an advertising system that is integrated with our analytics system, upgrading the merchant product management tools and adding an advanced related products feature to product listings,” Kitely CEO Ilan Tochner told Hypergrid Business.

The Kitely Market is currently the leading marketplace for hypergrid-enabled grids.

“That is the main growth driver and most new merchants who come to Kitely Market do so in order to sell to the metaverse,” said Tochner. “Two thirds of the items that are bought in Kitely Market are ones that are exportable. Even Kitely users prefer buying exportable items, so it’s not surprising that even merchants who originally sold only unexportable items are beginning to sell exportable items as well.”

Virtual Highway opens business park, North Pole region, holds Queen concert

Virtual Highway, a mid-sized commercial grid known for its music, is holding a Queen tribute concert on November 21 to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The concert will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific on the Central Park region.

Virtual Highway CEO Gene Call, also known as Logger Sewell, will himself be performing on the guitar as Freddie Mercury.

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Virtual Highway has also completed construction of its 49-region Asgard Business Park.

“This beautiful area centers around a magnificent fountain and with the extraordinary and picturesque backdrop of the city skyline it is a perfect place to meet with clients, customers and sales reps,” Call told Hypergrid Business. “The center hub is bounded on three sides by our three beautiful malls; Adventura, Valhalla Plaza, and the new Portico Piazza, a little touch of Italian design to brighten every day life.”

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Full regions are available for $55 per month, with smaller parcels and individual offices also available.

Finally, the grid has begun work on its holiday-themed variable-sized region, The North Pole. Free stores are available for merchants to sell Christmas items.

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

(Image courtesy Virtual Highway.)

Transitions

We have five new grids on our list this month, including Excelsior Station, Bearly a Grid, Home of Xerdar, AnjWorld,  and Atek Grid. Atek is a new commercial open grid, a joint project between Tangle Grid and the folks behind the CloudServe OpenSim hosting company.

We’re listing 14 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: Atcradar, Bess Research, Brillyunt, Dracsoom, Grid Empire, HewittSim, iSynergy3D, New World Grid, OCGrid, The Itakos, The World of Begabungs, Universidad, VIBE: Tooth Fairy, and Your World.

And we’re marking a few grids officially closed because they’ve been down for a while and show no signs of coming back.

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.

November 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 885 different publicly-accessible grids, 226 of which were active this month, and 185 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.

  • Excellent News!! As someone who had been involved a bit with 3rg [as we call it] and always found it to be drama free [because the owners are not into that] and now as I am focused fully on hypergating aspects, I am very, very happy to see this happen-))

    http://3rdrockgrid.com/new/upgrade-time/

    “On Friday November 21st at approx. 7am EST we will take the grid offline to perform an upgrade.

    This upgrade will include moving us to the latest code and will also bring HyperGrid to 3RG.

    By default, each “OWNED” region will “NOT” be HyperGrid Enabled.

    We will provide tools for our users to allow each to selectively choose which of their regions, if any, will allow hyper grid visitors.

    Initially, our HyperGrid export permissions will be very limited as we want to be sure we don’t get hurt by this.

    Our initial testing on the beta grid has thus far been very successful and we feel confident our upgrade will go well.

    There will be many changes to our platform during this upgrade so we expect the “Main” grid to be down until approx. 8pm on Sunday evening (11-23-14).

    During this time, our Beta Grid will remain online.

    Thank you for your patience.”

  • Elion Starwalker

    All very positive! Out of interest when this is called ‘hypergrid’ business why do you include closed worlds with no intention of enabling hypergrid like inwordlz?

    • Littlefield Grid

      For the same reason she includes the Opensim Conference as a Grid when it’s really an event I suspect.

      • It’s an event on a grid. But yeah, I was torn this month as well. Should I include them or not? But if you want to know where actual people were this month, they were on that grid, at that conference. So I figure I’d add them in.

        • i think it should be excluded since its just a 1 weekend event per year.

          • Janoriacorven Resident

            Every stat should be included, irregardless of what time frame they were gathered in. or the time frame these stats were current for.

    • Because 1. they’re part of the larger ecosystem of grids running on the OpenSim software — and related software, such as AuroraSim and ArribaSim, and their own off-shoots like Kitely and InWorldz run.

      Because 2, I believe even closed grids provide a lot of value to the hypergrid. These grids tend to be more commercially oriented, so they spend more money and effort on promotion, bringing in people to OpenSim — people who then go on to try other grids. The biggest hurdle, after all, is getting people into OpenSim in the first place. Most of the planet doesn’t even know it exists.

      Because 3, I’m not a mind reader. I don’t know which of these grids plans to turn on hypergrid when. For example, now that we have content filtering, a lot of previously commercial grids are flipping the switch to “on.” For all I know, InWorldz is next. They are, after all, testing the new export permissions. Who knows where they’ll go with it? Even folks who say they’ll never do something sometimes get new information and change their minds.

      Because 4, a lot of my readers spend time on those grids.

      Because 5, nobody else is tracking those stats, so I might as well do it.

      • Not to you, specifically, Maria, mostly, but using your comment for some points I would like to bring up. All this is imo, of course.

        Firstly, The “reduction” in Metropolis region numbers, while being also of little relative importance, simply represents a “shaking down” of people finding those places they prefer to live their virtual time. Many came into Metro when the OSG downtime started because they had already had accounts but they were not involved to the point of bringing their regions in, or bringing more of them in, until this happened.

        Many did, and still do, consider this a temporary matter…some may stay, some may end up with regions in multiple places, but also many have found other grids to go or run their own simulator instances alone, as things settle down into a more of a “wait and see or just go ahead and do this another way” rather than a “just a place to run my simulator for a short time”. This kind of talk is often spoken about.

        Secondly, the trending as evidenced by your raw numbers continues to show that the hypergated aspect is on the rise. It bears highlighting that link.

        http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/statistics/november-2014-opensim-grid-statistics/

        Anyone can easily see that where some of the commercial closed type iterations are actually going down in popularity, at the same time the hypergated places are on the rise.

        As but one thing to notice, always, is that many uncounted people have gone to their own simulator instances and could care less if that number shows in your statistics, or not. I see some of them in Metropolis all the time, people with various “typically unknown” grid names appended.

        I have always rather been amused that some grid types blame “insert any number of seasonal or whatever” as the reason their numbers go down, because, most often, other aspects of our virtual worlds are on the rise…it makes no sense at all other than to keep some kind of illusions going.

        So while you always say this;

        “The list below is a small subset of existing OpenSim grids. We are now tracking a total of over 883 different publicly-accessible grids, 223 of which were active this month, and 183 of which published their statistics.

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

        I think it behooves objective thinkers to delve further into this by reviewing your raw numbers, in order to get a more clear idea of the overall trending.

        So, with the caveat that the rest of your comment realistically negates any singular part of it…in that if you take out one of your reasons the rest will still convince you of the rightness of the answer to the pure question you answered that Elion posed.

        This;

        “Because 2, I believe even closed grids provide a lot of value to the hypergrid. These grids tend to be more commercially oriented, so they spend more money and effort on promotion, bringing in people to OpenSim — people who then go on to try other grids.”

        While I share his base question simply because I am focused on hypergating, and see it is obviously the future [and see more and more also seeing this whom previously did not. eg 3rd Rock Grid] I would also be curious how you, and a few others can even justify this thinking process.

        While the beating of an old horse idea that your blog name “Hypergrid business” has been answered often by you, I do wonder where you come up with the idea that ” they spend more money and effort on promotion”? Afaik, all non-HG grids, specifically of a commercial nature, use volunteers to do the bulk of their promoting…volunteers who do blogs, who watch anything they can on the net related to their grid and comment apposing viewpoints in an, often, negative and disparaging way to any semblance of what they perceive as negative to their favorite grid of the moment.

        Now, some may “say” they do, but unless you can point to hard data on this, I submit it is at the very least, somewhat misleading.

        What spending are “they” doing? and what help, specifically is this for the wider HG’ed Meta? Because, afaik, all commercial iterations are very intent on keeping ppl in their locked in environment by way of disinformation, misinformation, and whatnot, as this is how they make money by way of having an active economy and renting regions at higher costs than the trending….and the raw numbers continue to show thinking people this is not even working out well for them.

        Why would anyone who cares for the wider Metaversum wish to enable restrictive mindsets? I suggest it is counterproductive. I suggest that we do a disservice to questioning people. I suggest that rather than supporting, in any regards, those who wish to limit people, that we first start with educating them on the least restrictive [ie how to run their own simulators connected to the HG or how to rent from hosts if they are not technical enough, etc] and then they can make more knowledgeable decisions. Then they can choose to either limit themselves for various reasons, to be less limited, or some kind of combination [as many do….eg many I know use SL as well as the wider Meta].

        Of course I know this website also posts tons of information about what I like seeing, these monthly stats need to somehow focus more on what is actually happening in the Meta, rather than the occasional misleading insertion of wording that does the opposite.

        So it may sometimes “paint” the picture that some things are not happening as some would like them to, but the fact is that most people reading are smart enough to see that “the Emperor is actually naked”.

        Anywho-))

        • First of all, the Metropolis numbers have been corrected. I actually made a mistake in entering them into my database. It’s a manual process, since Metropolis uses a non-standard layout on their screen, plus they use periods for thousands separators, and the total land area is actual given in kilometers.

          My ideal stats page is one that looks like this: http://3rdrockgrid.com/thoriastats.php

          It makes it REALLY easy for my database to automatically grab those numbers, without any manual mistakes on my part!

          If you are a grid, and want to make my life much, much easier, please set up a page like that for your stats. I will love you forever.

          Second, while I am a huge proponent of the hypergrid — it’s right in the title! — and I do believe that eventually all social and general-purpose grids will be hypergrid enabled — I also believe that the customer is always right. And some customers — individual users, creators, merchants — want to be on a closed grid.

          And if that’s what they want, that’s fine with me. They’re learning to use an OpenSim viewer, they’ve learned how to create an account on a new grid — these are two difficult skills that those of us who already have them forget how difficult they were.

          In fact, according to my last readership survey, the average InWorldz resident has visited three other OpenSim grids, with some visiting as many as 16 different grids. (This was just based on the grids in the suggested list — the actual numbers would have been higher.)

          So if people continue to spend time on InWorldz it’s NOT because they don’t know what else is out there. It’s because they PREFER it. So if you want to convince people to move to hypergrid-enabled grids, find out what it is about InWorldz that they like and offer them something better.

          My suggestions:

          Lots of events that are EASY TO FIND
          Large, strong, welcoming communities
          Lots of merchants and content (though Kitely Market is helping address this to a great degree)
          Greeters and mentors
          Active marketing and promotional campaigns to bring in new users

          I haven’t spent time on InWorldz, so I don’t know what else they have there — I’m just guessing here. And yes, there are people who don’t like InWorldz. But those people have already left.

          • I was referring to this Maria;

            Metropolis 5355 -1236

            Showing a reduction in regions…am I missing something? likely…

            I also was not referring to any specific closed grid, but since you bring it up, I would say your own stats show a less than otherwise indicated interest;

            Avination 677,-7 2143,-39 7 less regions, 39 less active users
            InWorldz 1328, -13 7693 -607 13 less regions, 607 less active users
            Virtual Highway 439, 15 207, -41 15 more regions, 41 less active users

            So while I am sure those who like those grids will have “very good reasons” for why, I am also sure that when taken with the total users changes, it is obvious to me that while many made new accounts, the majority left right away [or never even went in].

            Avination 912 new accounts
            InWorldz 2098 new accounts
            Virtual Highway 165 new accounts

            This does not negate, and neither does it speak to, the total accounts made over time that are reported, nor that there are certainly many who like certain types of places.

            For example, several readers here I know of like InWorldz and also Metropolis. I have never had any issue with such and similar, as I, also, am all for choice AS LONG AS IT IS FACTUAL.

            Of course most of us use several grids and places for all sorts of reasons, I think that is great.

            The point is, it just is, what it is…and should be treated as such, openly.

          • Let me run some numbers… Okay, Avination up first. They had a big campaign to bring in users a couple of years back, and then had a sharp drop-off afterwards. Then a general downward tendency in active users — but stability in regions counts, pretty much. And region is the commercial grids’ profit center. The red line is active users, the blue bars are regions.

          • Did the chart not get posted?

          • And here are the InWorldz stats. As you can see there’s been a general increasing tendency in active user numbers. Ignore the occasional spikes and drops — you get that as a result of seasonal trends, one-time grid events, etc…

            Overall, InWorldz has been gaining active users over the past couple of years — but this hasn’t been translating directly into increased regions. One issue could be that regions on closed grids typically cost two to three times as much as on hypergrid-enabled grids, so folks looking for space to build on pick another grid, or run OpenSim at home for free.

            And then just come to InWorldz for the community.

            Fortunately, InWorldz has another revenue source — the virtual currency — so they might be monetizing the community through that channel, instead.

          • Okay, now for the Virtual Highway stats. These are unusual compared to the other two in that the number of active users is actually lower than the number of regions. I had to go and double-check to make sure that this was right — it wasn’t what I expected. Either the grid is sponsoring a large percentage of its regions, or many of its users run extremely low-traffic regions for some reason.

            The spike in region numbers the last few months was due to the grid rolling out discounted variable-sized regions.

          • And here is the Metropolis chart. Here the number of active users is low by comparison to the number of regions — but that’s because the regions are either free or extremely low cost. You can also see the regions starting rising a couple of years ago, then both the traffic and the regions climbing dramatically over the past three months while OSgrid has been down.

          • yes, well I don’t want to get into the whys and wherefors on that specifically as most of us know all that…but, nice chart-)

          • Ok, but I was just using those as examples. My focus is on hypergating trending. We can’t know those full numbers as I noted, and for other reasons.

            I didn’t mean you to take your time to do all that but I suppose that some others will find them interesting and/or useful, and of course your time is your own to do with as you please…lol

            I think all those have other revenue streams one way or another.

          • corranjournal

            A good point and idea, do grids track hypergaters? I know for the Expo on TanGLe grid we keep track of how many visitors – local and hypergate. ~Winter Silversmith (Media Relations, TanGLe Grid)

  • Maria, we are still gaining new regions on Metropolis. But last month we deleted appr. 900 old region entries. I think, we are very close to the real numbers now.

  • Thanks for the mention, Maria 🙂

  • Geir Nøklebye

    Thanks for the update Maria.

    I did not have any grid stats on xmir since I am running with Postgres, so I had to covert the php script to work with that database system – which I did.

    Will post a sanitized version of the script for others to use. I am debating with myself to create a new public git repository for such scripts as they currently all assume MySQL as the backend to connect to, so there are many more to be converted. Any views from the audience on where the best place to collect such converted scripts is?

  • Just corrected the Metropolis stats… sorry about that!

  • Adam Time

    Thats because Inworldz is a paying customer of Hypergrid and Hypergrid wants to keep the business. This website is to generate money time is not free and your thoughts will not be heard every year I see the same post. Inworldz could shoot old people steal money etc and you will see them on this website. Just like fox news we all know who their sponsor’s are this is a business and HB careless about your thoughts look at her reply.
    As I say lot of your friends spend time on SL where is it on there. Look MK has the control and pays the bill read her rag or mute it simple as that.

    • There are some grids that advertise in Hypergrid Business — you can see their ads in the sidebar at the right. Logicamp, for example, is running an ad right now promoting a land sale.

      InWorldz has never bought an ad on Hypergrid Business. In addition, even though it’s the most active OpenSim grid, we actually cover them less than we do other grids — I am more likely to run an announcement of an event accessible via the hypergrid, especially if it’s the only event the grid is having that month. And InWorldz literally has so many events each month that it’s too much for me to go through!

    • Guest

      Well Maria has changed the site & standards for awhile now with it being more fair & balanced with better articles more often, if you cannot see that then change perspective, no matter what she does things get left out due to those grids not reporting it.

  • corranjournal

    ATEK is a joint project between TangleOS grid and CloudServe people, not TanGLe Grid; while TangleOS and TanGLe Grid are owned by the same people they are two very separate and distinct grids.

    While the number of Active members is good meter for whether or not you want to join, many will compare the Active to Total percentage. For example, if you log 1,000 Active members, but in total you have 8,000 members, that means that while thousands signed up only 1 in 8 (12.5%) decided to return again. It’s one thing to have Active members, but showing that 7,000 haven’t been back in the last 30 days says something too. One thing it says to new people is that 87.5% signed up but then didn’t find enough on the grid to be worth returning for.

    It’s great that 3D Rock grid is now offering free shops, TanGLe Grid has been offering them for almost 2 years now.

    I wish there was a way to deduct grid owner-owned regions from the counts. In a couple situations I’ve found a grid to list hundreds of regions, only to discover that over 50 of them were owned by the grid (for staff housing, grid forums like a party island or sandbox). Good thing we don’t have any grid owners who are creating regions under false pretenses just to bolster their grid appearance that would just be wrong.

    ~Winter Silversmith, Editor, Corran Journal (and Media Relations, TanGLe Grid)