I’m gonna say the M word in this post, and I’m sorry, but metaverse metaverse metaverse. That’s because Second Life is back in the news this week, but for happy reasons, as it’s turning 18 years old tomorrow. Linden Lab says it will “be marking the milestone with activities ranging from community-created SL18B exhibitions, Meet the Lindens town hall events, Shop & Hop creator sales, and a three-day music festival.”
“Since the longest continually-running metaverse first launched on June 23rd, 2003, Second Life has amassed more than 70 million registered accounts and over 200,000 daily active users across more than 200 countries worldwide. The platform boasts a vibrant community of users and creators that have produced more than two billion user-generated virtual goods, and a GDP of over $600,000,000. Linden Lab has continued to innovate, introducing Tilia Pay, the only fully-licensed money services and money transmitter, built over several years to enable Second Life users to sell digital assets and provide services to earn real money in compliance with all US regulations. There are currently 345 million transactions each year within Second Life, with more than $80,000,000 million paid out annually to creators.”
Existing and returning metaversers should check out the schedule of events, as some of them are already underway. Happy birthday, Second Life!