Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

As you may know, Linden, on October 4th, announced a plan to raise prices for educational and non-profit users of Second Life and not a little increase, a whopping doubling of the previous discount. Of course there was a backlash and so Linden has offered up a temporary solution, one which will bring in monies in the short term and help educators and non-profits to “buy more time&# at the discounted rate: Here is a “mass email&# sent to education users from Linden.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): New Numbers and New Transparency from Linden Lab/Second Life

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Great Ad for Newspaper Position (via Judy Brown) | Main | Using Performance Results to Hire » March 07, 2007 New Numbers and New Transparency from Linden Lab/Second Life TechCrunch has a post about how Linden Lab , the company behind Second Life , has taken the transparency of their membership numbers to a whole new level by releasing a detailed burst of data in an Excel spreadsheet.


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Beth Goza (Linden Labs) showing off Second Life

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

Beth Goza (Linden Labs) showing off Second Life Originally uploaded by JoshB. Fellow Intel blogger Josh Bancroft,, is at Gnomedex06. I'm very jealous. He has been blogging the event like crazy and I feel like I'm there. I was happy to here that SecondLife was there and thought you all might enjoy this. SIDENOTE: I will the blogthis feature of flickr would give me a WYSIWYG editor

Expelled: Woodbury's Second Life Silencing

Learning with e's

Most recently, the brick-and-mortar university Woodbury was booted off Second Life —thousands of students were affected—by the virtual world's moderators, a company called Linden Lab. What's interesting is that Woodbury was torn down from the site for the second time, the first time being in 2007 What's even more fascinating about this whole scenario is that Linden Lab did not specify, really, what terms of agreement Woodbury had violated, although this was the accusation.

Learnlets » Virtual World Learning

Clark Quinn

Volatility in 3D Virtual World Industry

Kapp Notes

See Change is under way at ThinkBalm Linden Labs announces layoffs, appears to be contemplating shuttering Enterprise Edition efforts. it looks as though Linden Labs, the developers behind Second Life, may be downsizing their corporate efforts ( Second Life Enterprise Edition ). Two sources indicate that Linden may actually be shutting down their Enterprise operations. Reported the following in an article Linden Lab laying off staff, closing Singapore office.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Mark is very late to the virtual worlds big news about SL and IBM.

Mark Oehlert

The good news is that Second Life ne Linden Lab, has announced a partnership with IBM to "develop new technologies and methodologies based on open standards that will help advance the future of 3D virtual worlds." October 19, 2007 in Virtual Worlds | Permalink Technorati Tags : IBM , Linden Lab , Second Life , standards TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Mark is very late to the virtual worlds big news about SL and IBM.

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Recent Second Life Happenings: Going Corporate

Kapp Notes

Some interesting things are going on with the folks over at Linden Labs , the developers of the virtual immersive environment of Second Life. First, they are sponsoring a contest called The 2010 Linden Prize. As described: The Linden Prize will award one Second Life Resident or team with $10,000 USD for an innovative inworld project that improves the way people work, learn and communicate in their daily lives outside of the virtual world. See more at The Linden Prize.

Interesting Developments in 3D Learning and Collaboration Space

Kapp Notes

First, it looks as though Linden Labs, the developers behind Second Life, may be downsizing their corporate efforts ( Second Life Enterprise Edition ). Two sources indicate that Linden may actually be shutting down their Enterprise operations. The story seems to have broken in a number of places, Virtual Worlds News reports that Linden Lab Lays Off 30 Perfect Of Staff. Some interesting developments in the 3D Learning and Collaboration Space.

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Second Life Take Over Rumors.

Kapp Notes

So while I haven't seen any official notice or indication that Linden Labs is shopping around Second Life or that anyone is purchasing the product, the rumors do seem to be adding up. Most of the time rumors are based on some shred of truth so.perhaps Linden is shopping around Second Life? Here is an interesting rumor and a potentially large game-changer in the virtual world space.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Voice Coming to Second Life

Mark Oehlert

Here are three scenarios that Linden puts out there: Scenario 1 - Residents can teleport to voice-enabled land, andautomatically start speaking, with the volume of speech modifiedaccording to their spatial relationship with others. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « My Blog is Worth $66, 615.72 (any buyers??) | Main | Google and MSFT to Clash Over Copyrights » March 08, 2007 Voice Coming to Second Life Geez.finally right?

Gadgets, Games and Gizmos: Learning about Second Life

Kapp Notes

a Linden is the currency of Second Life) -1.86 million Total residents -Amount of money spent in-world in the last 24 hours is US $626,184 -The amount of LindeX activity in the last 24 hours is US $114,015 -The amount of Linden you can buy for US $1 is $270 Lindens -101% Growth of profitable business owners from June-November * Figures as of Dec. If you want to know more about Second Life, you can jump into the world and attend classes sponsored by NETg.

Big Virtual World Event on the Horizon

Kapp Notes

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference (VWBPE) will feature more than 150 presentations and a keynote address by Mark Kingdon, the CEO of Linden Lab® creators of Second Life® (SL). To register please visit: About Second Life Developed and launched by Linden Lab in 2003, Second Life is the world’s leading 3D virtual world environment. Here is a press release about one big virtual world event where Tony and I will be speaking about Learning in 3D.

Second Life Making an Announcement Tomorrow (actually today)?

Kapp Notes

Here is a little email intercept I received from an unnamed source (ok, it's from Snickers' Doodles in her post Linden Lab to announce Viewer 2 beta tomorrow which she received in-world from Pink Linden. Hello SL Merchants: We wanted to give you an early heads-up on a big piece of news because we greatly value our relationship with you and this community. Tomorrow, at SL Pro!

I Have Seen the Future of Conferences.and it is 3D!

Kapp Notes

Terrence Linden discussing the new Second Life browser at VWBPE conference. I was in a session with Terrence Linden (SL) that had over 70 attendees and the session that Tony O'Driscoll (RL) and I conducted had about that many attendees as well. Terrence Linden discussing the fact that 60% of top universities are in Second Life.

Second Life Happenings: CEO Steps Down (again)

Kapp Notes

Yesterday, Philip Linden (AKA: Philip Rosedale ) stepped down as CEO of Linden Labs (yes again). Bob will lead Linden Lab while we conduct the search. He said many longtime Second Life users are angry at the recent decisions by the company that runs the service, Linden Lab. He has done this before and then come back. He is staying on the board but not running day-to-day operations. Here is what he wrote on the Second Life blog. You can find the original here.

A Lot Happening in the 3D Space

Kapp Notes

Linden Labs, makers of Second Life, announce the list of the Top Ten: 2010 Linden Prize Finalists. Last week a lot of 3D news occurred, here is a round up of some of the highlights: I stopped by the ASTD booth of Digitell, Inc. and met James A. Parker, the President, who said his booth was buzzing the entire conference and a lot of people were interested in 3D webinars.

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Cool Second Life Happening:UW VIBE Future InfoExpo Recruitment

Kapp Notes

As a token of appreciation, the first 300 [JM 5/111] individuals who volunteer to participate will be thanked with a gift of Linden dollars up to L$1800 (approximately US$7). Have you ever had trouble sorting your stuff? Would you like to know who in SL might be a good social connection for you? Need to solve a problem, but don’t know how to organize the information?

CAC: Penn State-Bart Pursel

Kapp Notes

Bart gave a list of different 3D worlds and provided a great comparison between a Internet Service Provider and Linden Labs (the company behind Second Life.) Bart Pursel of Virtual Learning Worlds and an alumni of our program presented on Virtual Worlds. He defined a Virtual World as a computer-based environment intended for users to inhabit and interact via avatars in a 3D represented world.

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VenueGen Announces 3D Meetings for "Everyone"

Kapp Notes

It has been described as a lot more than Cisco’s WebEx meeting platform, and a lot less than Linden Labs’ Second Life virtual world. Virtual world provider, VenueGen , recently came out of private Beta to a public Beta (whatever that means) and loudly announced their virtual meeting platform. They call it both visually appealing and easy to use. A man and his avatar.

Learning in a Virtual World

Moodle Journal

On Saturday 17th of Feb at 5pm I will begin hosting some presentation trials that will be looking at the Linden Script, that’s the language in SL, and comparing it with other main stream computer languages. Just lately a lot of my time has been taken up with Second Life, if you have yet to try virtual worlds then let me recommend the experience.

The day after Online Educa

Jay Cross

Ellen Wagner, Clark Quinn, and I hopped on the U-bahn, and headed to the German Historical Museum on Under den Linden. We walked up Unter den Linden and caught the U-bahn to Potsdamer Platz for supper. We stopped along the way for glog and gluhwein. It’s biting cold outside. The Christmas Markets are utterly charming. The Zeughaus museum has mounted an unprecedented exhibition on Hitler’s rise to power. Unfortunately, no photography.

Learning in 3D Summer 2009: Class Five

Kapp Notes

Visit Hillary Mason's AutoScript page to create your own Second Life scripts without having to know anything about the Linden Scripting Language. Scripting tips from Matt. This week's class was a whirl wind of different platforms. We started in Second Life and then we went to ProtoSphere and then to Centra and then back to Second Life.

Virtual World Research Needs Your Help

Kapp Notes

If you desire, payment may be made in Linden dollars (L$),e.g., Some colleauges of mine have asked me to forward on this important announcement about Second Life Research. Participate in a study that examines the experiences of individuals collaborating in virtual environments. To participate, you must have a Second Life avatar and account, and access to a Second Life client on a PC. Participation will involve 2 online surveys and completion of a team exercise in Second Life.

Online Educa Berlin 2011 recap

Challenge to Learn

It is always great to walk underneath the Brandenburger Tor and see the great avenue ‘Unter den Linden’. Last week I visited the Online Educa in Berlin. I’m sorry to say that I’m not a big fan. When you compare it to conferences like Learning Solutions and DevLearn it really comes out bad.

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Vale Joe Miller

Clark Quinn

He continued to have an impact, leading some of the major initiatives of Linden Labs as they went open source and met some challenging technical issues while negotiating cultural change to take down barriers. This is a name you’re not likely to know, but I can’t let his passing go without comment. Joe was an intensely private person who had a sizable impact on the field of technology in learning, and I was privileged to know him.

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Second Life.Its Synchronous

Kapp Notes

Although Linden Labs disputs that finding. Second Life has come under a lot of attack recently because "it's empty." One especially hard hitting article How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions on a Deserted Second Life complained that "there's the question of what people do when they get there. Once you put in several hours flailing around learning how to function in Second Life, there isn't much to do."

Using Virtual Worlds in the Conspiracy to Create an ah-ha Moment

Kapp Notes

To get a better idea of what this kind of conspiracy looks like, check out a trailer for The Uncle D Story Quest: And check out the interview with Marty Keltz and Jena Ball at the Second Life blog in an interview with Pathfinder Linden. Abbott Bundy with his backpack and walking stick ready to embark on a story quest with his guides. Yesterday, I had the privilege of touring a fascinating project in the 3D virtual immersive environment of Second Life.

Second Life Gets All Corporate'y.Finally?

Mark Oehlert

What we have are multiple channels ( Virtual World News , Massively ), including official ones from River Runs Red and Linden Lab , bringing us the news that Immersive Workspaces 2.0 How about "Second Life gets its suit on!"? "? "Hey, Its take your virtual world to work day!"? "? "Your avatar got so drunk at the holiday party.?" " Help me out here.

Predictions for 2010

Clark Quinn

Virtual worlds are a little bit more still in flux (while Linden Labs’ Second Life is going corporate as well, some of the other corporate-focused players are in some upheaval), but the value proposition is clear, and there are still plenty of opportunities. eLearning Mag publishes short predictions for the year from a variety of elearning folks, and I thought I’d share and elaborate on what I put in: I’m hoping this will be the ‘year of the breakthrough’.

A whole new world

E-Learning Provocateur

Its currency is the Linden Dollar (L$) which avatars can use to buy virtual goods and even virtual property. Linden Dollars are bought with real money and can be exchanged back again. The corporate sector is exploring a whole new world. Which world? The virtual world. What is a virtual world? A virtual world is a computer-generated environment that more-or-less replicates the real world. Arguably the best known virtual world today is Second Life.

Social and Semantic Web

Clark Quinn

the ability of Linden Labs to continue to expand Second Life capabilities as they grabbed market share). Yesterday I attended the Social Web incubator Bar Camp of the W3C , focusing on issues in web support for social media. It was a small group, overall, but an interesting group, including folks keen on issues like technical underpinnings (discussion of FOAF , RDF , etc), and folks with an interest in more applied topics like enterprise, health, and journalism.

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Random 3D Virtual World Statistics

Kapp Notes

From Build-A-Bearville Shares Stats From Virtual World, Real Store Interactions Over 1,400 businesses, government organizations and agencies have used Second Life to hold meetings, conduct training and prototype new technologies as a solution hosted by Linden Lab since 2003. Sitting at my virtual desk gathering statistics. Here are some interesting Virtual World Statistics gathered from a number of different sources.

Some accumulated thoughts…

Clark Quinn

On the other hand, I had lunch the other day with Joe Miller, who is the VP of Tech for Linden Labs. I have had my head down cranking out the manuscript for my mobile learning book. The deadline for the first draft is breathing down my neck, and I’ve been quite busy with some client work as well. The proverbial one-armed paper hanger comes to mind. However, that does not mean my mind has been idle. Far from, actually.

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Learning, KM vs. SM, Information, Web 2.0, and Second Life

Big Dog, Little Dog

In what tech pundits at Gartner Research call the curve of hype and gloom, Linden Lab's virtual world, Second Life, has officially entered the gloom stage. But Mark Kingdon, Linden Lab's new chief executive argues that Second Life has some life in it yet. In fact, Linden Lab's economic statistics from Second Life show that in-world user hours and the volume of virtual land rented by users are both growing. Korean Soon Du Bu. Acquistion vs learning - Doing Something Different.

Second Life and us

Learning with e's

The grant runs until next July, and we have molto-Linden Dollars to spend on the installation. We're really excited! We have just been notified that we have been awarded a free land grant in Second Life to set up our own university health education centre. You can read all about it on the blog the team has set up, and follow our progress over the next year as we investigate how we can use SL to provide 3D virtual learning opportunities.

Talking eLearning ROI

Web Courseworks

In an ASAE article titled When Good Project Pitches go Bad, Tate Linden provides some basic truths that you need to keep in mind when crafting your pitch : First, few people in decision-making roles enjoy being told what to think. Are you an eLearning expert with an excellent idea for a new initiative or online education program? Do you see an opportunity for your association or organization to get ahead of the curve and leverage its collective expertise to become an industry expert?

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The Web is Not Public.But maybe It Should be or maybe Not

Mark Oehlert

Second Life/Linden Lab is really just a Web-hosting company that lives in San Fran. Have you ever been walking through a shopping mall and at one of the intersections, seen some that looked like street signs pointing toward this anchor store or that anchor store? Isn't there always some kind of central square in a mall where either Santa sits or performances take place? Benches to sit on? Ever notice how these spaces mimic city squares or streets?

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

XStream Software Linden Research, Inc. I don't know if I've seen this reported by the eLearningGuild , but their reports showed some interesting information about satisfaction levels reported by members on course authoring and rapid eLearning tool satisfaction levels. Unfortunately, my blog is not wide enough for these images, so click on the image to go to a page with the full size image.

Standards and success

Clark Quinn

Eventually, one format will emerge, but it may take committees, or it may be that someone like Linden Labs will own the space sufficiently that everyone will lock into a format they provide. Apparently, Google has recently opined that the future of mobile is web standards. While this is wonderfully vindicating , I think there’s something more important going on here, as it plays out for a broader spectrum than just mobile.