Hong Kong, not
The Second Life Grid Survey reports that at the time of this writing, SL consists of 27,453 regions. A region is a pretty big piece of land. A quarter kilometer by a quarter kilometer or 6.5 hectares of land.
Grid Survey also reports that the total number of residents across SL’s 19 years of existence is 66 million (66,888,808). On any given hour between 35,000 and 50,000 avatars are logged in to the SL grid.
You’ll notice that the number of avatars logged in is less than 2x the number of regions. If avatars were distributed evenly, there’d be about 1.6 avatars on every 6.5 hectares of virtual land. Avatars are not distributed evenly. Big dance clubs like Furzona, big cosmetic surgery outpatient clinics like LeLUTKA, and big shopping malls like Colabor88, all host many dozens of avatars. Which means that at any given hour, there are vast worlds of SL regions that are completely uninhabited. SL is the opposite of dense physical world cities like Tokyo, Mumbai, or Hong Kong.
Jitters Coffee Shop and Waterfront
Given all those thousands and thousands of empty regions, what are the chances of dropping into a coffee shop like Jitters Coffee Shop and Waterfront in the Valeyard region of Second Life and running into an avatar friend you haven’t seen in 13 years?
Apparently, pretty good.
Odia and I grabbed some coffee from Jitters (she says I’m addicted) and found a table by the waterfront. That orange tabby cat stared at the water the whole time. But never caught anything. When we were finished we meandered back toward Jitters.
And who does Odia run into but her old friend Hero Blessed!
For two people who hadn’t seen each other in 13 years, it was amazing how quickly they were able to launch into a photo sending flurry of all their old antics! Can it be that SL inventory search actually works?
We decided to go up to the coffee shop and take a little group photo on the sofa.
Turns out Hero and her fiancé Harper had taken an engagement photo on that sofa earlier in the day, which is how Hero came to be there. Odia and I were there because of my aforementioned coffee addiction.
Then this dapper guy Kade came by and visited with us. I never actually got a straight answer to whether or not he was seeing anyone. He’s kind of the mysterious, quiet type. He did say he’d be up for getting tacos sometime. And I might need a wedding date. So, I think it’s all good.
Finally I dragged everyone over to get some of Jitters grid-famous hot pretzels. Also those seats are closer to Jitters’ free WiFi so I could get this blog post out.
What are the main reasons peeps come to SL? I’ll take a wild guess:
- Kinky stuff
- Any RP not covered by the above
What are the main reasons Kate comes to SL?
- Black Forest Cake
You virtually haven’t lived till you’ve experienced a slice of Zazie Daviau’s Black Forest Cake!
Jitters Coffee Shop and Waterfront
A Good Day
It seems like both Odia and Hero had stressful days out in the physical world. So nice that something sweet happened here in the metaverse.
Retired latex model. Flirt, tease & friend without benefits. Say “Hello!” I won’t bite! (not even if you want me to) Over the years so many “SL Killers” have come & gone: Cloud Party, Blue Mars, InWorldz, Sansar, HiFidelity, and more. Mostly gone now. Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” is in trouble. Meanwhile, SL keeps pressing on. Even so, don’t take it for granted. SL could die, or changes to SL, or changes in your life, could cause this beautiful dream to end. Even if the dream does continue, beloved characters might exit the stage. Savor every moment.