OpenSim land area passes 80,000 region milestone

The total reported land area of OpenSim’s public grids has passed 80,000 regions — a record high.

This is despite the fact that InWorldz, the most popular OpenSim grid, did not report its land area this month.

The total number of registered users went up by 9,764, and even the number of active users increased slightly, despite the fact that it’s the middle of summer and many education-oriented regions and grids are on break.

GreekLife added the most land area in July, a total of 1,371 regions, followed by Metropolis with 748, OSgrid with 482, ZanGrid with 245 and Kitely with 239 standard regions.

GreekLife also added the most registered users and most active users this month. However, this may be a bookkeeping issue rather than a sign of extremely rapid growth. Three months ago, all the grid’s stats fell sharply. For example, their registered user numbers fell nearly to a tenth of what they were before. Since registered users numbers never fall as long as a grid stays in business, especially not by such a dramatic amount, it’s likely that the problem was a stats collection glitch that they fixed this month.

Genesis Metaverse lost the most land area this month, going down by 163 regions, followed by Virtual Brasil that lost 95 and AllCity 66 regions.

Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)

GreekLife registered 3,797 new user this month, though, again, this may be a bookkeeping issue. Kitely was in second place with 1,520 new registered users followed by InWorldz with 1,048, Emilac with 801 and Virtual Brasil with 412. Adreans-World grid lost 218 registered users.

OpenSim is a free, open source virtual world platform that’s compatible with the Oculus Rift. It allows people with no technical skills to quickly and cheaply create virtual worlds, and then teleport to other virtual worlds. Those with technical skills can run OpenSim worlds on their own servers for free, while commercial hosting starts at less than $5 a region — compared to $300 a region for the same land in Second Life.

A list of hosting providers is here. Download the recommended Firestorm viewer here. And find out where to get content for your OpenSim world or region here.

Popularity

When it comes to general-purpose social grids, especially closed grids, the rule of thumb is: the 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.

GreekLife added a total of 291 active users this month, making it the greatest gainer of active users, followed by OpenSim Life with 214, Genesis Global Journey with 193, Metropolis with 175, while all the rest added fewer than 100 active users.

Eureka World lost the most active users will 233 followed by Islands of Enlightenment grid that lost 124. Both are education-focused grids.

Top 25 most popular grids this month:

  1. Metropolis: 3,702 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
  2. OSgrid: 3,509 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
  3. AllCity: 1,797 active users (HG login.allcity.com.br:8002)
  4. DigiWorldz: 1,395 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
  5. Island Oasis: 1,348 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
  6. Kitely: 1,076 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
  7. Lost Paradise: 1,011 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
  8. Craft World: 868 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
  9. OpenSim Life: 860 active users (HG grid.opensim.life:8002)
  10. Genesis MetaVerse: 837 active users (HG grid.genesismetaverse.com:8002)
  11. Eureka World: 732 active users (HG 54.77.238.20:9000)
  12. Virtual-EPI: 660 active users (HG 209.126.208.163:9024:virtual event planners int)
  13. Exo-Life: 660 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
  14. DreamNation: 592 active users
  15. Kroatan Grid: 585 active users (HG kroatan.de:8002)
  16. Logicamp: 486 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
  17. YrGrid: 430 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
  18. GreekLife: 410 active users (HG hg.grid-greeklife.info:8002)
  19. ZanGrid: 369 active users (HG login.zangrid.ch:8002)
  20. Nextlife World: 367 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
  21. 3rd Rock Grid: 364 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)
  22. Dynamic Worldz: 353 active users (HG grid.dynamicworldz.com:8002)
  23. FrancoGrid: 351 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
  24. Anettes Welt: 318 active users (HG anettes-welt.de:8002)
  25. Neverworld: 303 active users (HG hg.neverworldgrid.com:8002)

Kitely Market passes 10,000 listings milestone

Kitely Market passed the 10,000 listings milestone this month.

The online marketplace groups different versions of the same item into one listing, much like Amazon and other online shopping sites, so that, say, all the colors of a particular dress are considered to be a single product listing.

When all the variations are counted individually, as on the Second Life Marketplace, the Kitely Market totals 19,071 different variations. Of those,  14,314 are exportable to other grids.

The market now delivers to 197 different grids, up by three from last month.

Growth in exportable and non-exportable content on the Kitely Market. (Kitely data.)

VirTec vending machine network loses ground

It was a very bad month for the VirTec vending network. Both the number of merchants who had transactions on the network and the transaction volume fell this month.

The total US dollar value of transactions fell from $511 last month to $360.

“The significant drop is just a summer hole there are ups and downs trough out the year,” former Virtec owner Virtouse Lilienthal told Hypergrid Business.

The number of merchants who made transactions in June dropped slightly from 66 to 55 merchants.

Merchant and revenue data at VirTec network. (VirTec data.)

VirTec is a line of in-world vending machines that allow merchants to sell their products on multiple grids, for multiple currencies. It was recently acquired by DigiWorldz.

Gloebits currency continues steady growth across OpenSim

Gloebits, a virtual currency that can be used on multiple grids, added a total of 52 user accounts this month and the transaction volume went up by nine percent to a new high of $3,839 in dollar equivalents.

Gloebits transactions and user account figures. (Gloebits Data.)

The currency is currently used on more than dozen grids and applications and is a popular currency choice for grids that run shopping malls serving hypergrid travelers.

Grids can have more than one currency, with some grids using Gloebit on hypergrid shopping regions and their own in-world currency elsewhere.

OSgrid will celebrate its 10th birthday end of this month

OSgrid will host its tenth birthday on July 24 at the OSG10B region, and the celebration will feature live music, dancing and exhibitions.

Creators will also have a chance to splay their creations and unleash their ideas and designs from July 24 to 30.

The builds will be those built by the residents and there is no particular theme for the event, grid president Dan Banner told Hypergrid Business.

“We do have exhibit space left if anyone is interested and can make the deadline of the 24th,” he said.

July 29 and 30 will be the days for dancing and live entertainment to celebrate 10 years of business.

The hypergrid address is login.osgrid.org:OSG10B3.

Genesis Global Journey hosts talent show next month

The Caribbean-themed Genesis Global Journey grid will have a talent competition this August titled “OpenSim Got Talent.”

The event will be held on the Freebies Island region and winners get a cash prize of US$50, grid owner Zig Genesis told Hypergrid Business.

“Winners will be determined by votes, this way the OpenSim community determines who wins,” he said. “A committee comprised of seasoned OpenSim users has been set up with additional people to be added in order to ensure effective planning and smooth running of the event.”

The event stage has already been built, he said.

The hypergrid address is ggj.world:8002:freebies island.

The grid is also offering free land to new residents. You can contact Zig Genesis in-world for more information and conditions.

 

Genesis Global Journey is fully Caribbean. Image Courtesy Genesis Global Journey.

 

 

Neverworld to host a coin hunt

Neverworld grid will be hosting the coin hunt for 24 hours from 12 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, July 29 at the Dream Hunt region. The winner will be the person who collects the most coins and will go home with a prize of a free standard region.

The region will remain free for six months, Neverworld spokesperson told Hypergrid Business.

The region will have no content but Neverworld can upload an OAR if the winner wants.

The contest is open to all including hypergrid residents, but the winner will need to create a Neverworld avatar account to run the region.

Looking for free legal scripts?

Check whether you can get a free script at the landing area of Script Magic freebies region in OSgrid. These scripts are donated by people around the OpenSim and you can use them freely.

They already have various scripts donated in the building, avatar, transportation, effects and texture categories. You can also donate a script for others to use.

The hypergrid address is: hg.osgrid.org:80:Script Magic

Learn or improve design and photography skills in-world

Metaverse University of DigiWorldz. Image courtesy DigiCenter.

Ever wondered how to improve your design skills in-world? It is all possible at DigiCenter or Metaverse University of DigiWorldz located at DigiWorldz grid, where you can learn various courses and techniques virtually under various tutors. The techniques courses include building, texturing, scripting, region management, real-life program skill and many others.

You can attend the One Prim Wonders class at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on July 20 at the DigiCenter campus where instructor Koz Maesa will introduce the Prim Torture tool. You will learn how to transform ordinary prims into various objects using reshaping techniques. You can join them as they focus on how to reshape various items each month.

Ever felt like you can try photojournalism in-world? You can attend Photography 101 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time on August 2 at the same venue, with instructor Gray Delwood and learn various skills that make a great in-world photographer including windlights, composition, backgrounds, AOs & pose balls, and basic editing. This class is offered every Wednesday at the same location.

The hypergrid address is login.digiworldz.com:8002:DigiCenter.

Transitions

We added three new grids to our list this month including the Metaworld grid which currently has only one and hypergrid-enabled region named Metaworld Core and two registered users. The hypergrid address is metaworld.outworldz.net:8002. Other new grids are Canadian-based VR Playground and HGLuv grid which has has 21 standard equivalent regions and 13 users in total.

At the HGLv grid, you can upload your snapshots after logging in on their website and those snapshots will be shown on your viewer login screen instead of the default grid page snapshot captured using the link.

The following 22 grids were marked as suspended this month: Bartelbe, BDSM Community, Bearly a Grid, CyberFace, DreamWorld Ayla Vu, DreamWorld Kids, Hive, Ipsofacto, Joy, Keystone Grid, KoolPheller Estates, Majickal Network, MajWorld, Radiola, SimudyneGrid, Simugrid, SUT 3D, Terra Virtua, TheGrid, Virtual Dreamz, World 3D, and Xntra City.

Grids that have been suspended for more than two months will be marked as closed. If your grid isn’t on the active grids list, and not on the suspended list, it may have been marked closed when it shouldn’t be. Please let us know.

And 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.

By “public,” we mean grids that allow hypergrid visitors, or have a website where people can register for or request accounts.

In addition, if a grid wants to be included in the monthly stats report and the most active and largest grid lists, it needs to have a stats page that shows the number of unique 30-day logins, and the total number of regions on the grid. In order for the grid not to be undercounted, 30-day active users stat should include hypergrid visitors, and the land area should be in the form of standard region equivalents, square meters, or square kilometers.

July 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 1,244 different publicly-accessible grids, 261 of which were active this month, and 192 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 here. A list of all active grids is here. And here is a list of all the hypergrid-enabled grids and their hypergrid addresses, sorted by popularity. This is very useful if you are creating a hyperport.

You can see all the historical OpenSim statistics here, including polls and surveys, dating all the way back to 2009.

Below are the 40 largest grids by total land area, in terms of standard region equivalents.

Top 40 grids:

 

 

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David Kariuki

David Kariuki is a technology journalist who has a wide range of experience reporting about modern technology solutions. A graduate of Kenya's Moi University, he also writes for Cleanleap, and has previously worked for Resources Quarterly and Construction Review. Email him at [email protected].

  • Da Hayward

    Once again David, Thank you for for this. Good Stuff

    • David

      You are welcome Da…and thanks to you too for that

  • Jane

    Thanks for mentioning Metaverse University! We’re adding new classes all the time, I hope people will come check it out. 🙂

    • David

      Jane, you are much welcome.

  • Vinstor

    Why are my comments continually deleted? I have asked pertinent questions and offered additional valid, verifiable information that is important to the community. Why am I met with censorship?

  • Talla Adam

    Thank you David for the monthly metrics and analysis. Good job! I posted a linking topic to G+ Opensim Virtual @ https://plus.google.com/communities/116284417302234467612

    Opensim Virtual in Google plus is the longest running G+ community for Opensim & Hypergrid users and regularly picks up linked topics from Hypergrid Business. With close to 2000 members it is a great social media site to promote Opensim grids, services and products. Both commercial and community sharing is accepted and OV regularly appears in HB list of top social media sites.

    • David

      Welcome Talla and thanks too for sharing.

  • “This is despite the fact that InWorldz, the most popular OpenSim grid, did not report its land area this month.” because, like the Great Canadian Grid, they have opted out of reporting stats that are historically inaccurate and not a fair representation of the grid or its members participation in it.

    I am happy to see the investment and participation in OpenSim increasing, I just hope that some companies do not see this as an opportunity to make a profit and exploit users. We need to continue to strive to keep OpenSim affordable to all.

    • Da Hayward

      Yes this is it exactly. Open Sim does need to remain affordable. Whilst I am never against anyone making a fair profit, greed can destroy any business or service very quickly. Also another thing is from what I have heard and understand the Grids you mentioned and a few others I might add do provide a product/service that does work. People get very disillusioned when they pay for a product or service which is no use to them. “There are a lot of fly by nighters” or “cowboy’s” out there still, so I do recommend people to ask around and do some research before committing to any grid.

      • 1derworld

        What is affordable? Being the largest population of virtual users are in SL and pay a good amount for a single region. I do see many, Ok a lot using there own machines (PC) and having there own grid with next to no cost. Maybe that’s the future of opensims, Now that’s real affordable.

        • Da Hayward

          “What is affordable?” Simple what each individual is prepared to pay!
          Quality services and products do have a cost involved, that is just a fact of life. If you want a basic no thrills item or service naturally you pay less, if you want one with all the “whistles and bells” with full after sales service and support that will cost more.

          • Spot on. After a bit of severe RL cost cutting our little group will soon be looking to rent a cost shared sim – but for the reasons Da Hayward states, choose to do so on the big grid. Not to put any down on OS, as I still maintain personal space in both (two of the ‘commercial’ grids in the OS case where I have been for a few years) and as 1erworld says, with a third luxury of *just about* running a standalone. HG with that is bonus.

        • Han Held

          >Being the largest population of virtual users are in SL and pay a good amount for a single region.

          …implying that each user owns a single reason. People experienced with SL such as you and I know that is not the case, not by far.

          There’s no rental (parcel) business out here to speak of because there’s no need for it, in SL the high price of regions means that most of the tens of thousands of people in SL who own land own tiny fractions of a region because that’s what they can afford.

          Apples and oranges, basically.

  • Da Hayward

    One thing i keep noticing in threads such as this is a lot of comments keep referring back to the Big Grid, Second Life.
    This is only my opinion but SL will be around for as long as Linden Labs wish to keep it up and running, that’s the only thing which will keep it up or close it down, nothing else. I personally think most commenters here do embrace Open sim in some form so isn’t it time we focus on Open Sim instead of looking over our shoulder at SL, implying they are the cause of our woe’s? Open Sim has a great opportunity to grow by all of us focussing and saying how can we make it better.

    • Han Held

      I think it’s fair to see how the other guys are doing -no matter the feild, in order to get a sense of what they’re doing right which you can duplicate, and what they’re doing wrong that you can take advantage of. I think it would be a mistake to not look at secondlife given both it’s success and the fact that it’s the closest comparison that can reasonably be made (as opposed to sinespace or high fidelity)

      • Da Hayward

        oh yes!
        but some focus on it too much to a point of distraction.
        Being aware is always good but obsessing with it isn’t the best course of action.
        Well pointed out Han

  • Gray Delwood

    Hi this is Gray Delwood and i wanted your readers to be aware of a slight error in your piece above. My class on Photography is every >FIRST< Wednesday of the month (NOT every Wed). Don't want them to be looking for classes that aren't scheduled lol. Also, from the recent feedback of my students, I realized that the 101 class was a bit more advanced than I realized for most residents. SO….i am creating different 'level' classes: Photo100 – VERY BASIC use of viewer snapshots, Photo101- Mid level info and techniques (Windlight Settings, built in filters, & poses), and Photo102 – Advanced Level Photography that would apply to VL and RL photography (composition, software editing and lighting). But THANK YOU David for this great write-up!!!! I look forward to more students from across the Grids!!