OpenSim grids off to a solid start this year

Public OpenSim grids gained land area, registered users, and active users this month, with active users reaching a new all-time high.
Grids reported a net increase of 96 active users, for a new total of 35,788 actives, despite the end of the OpenSimulator Community Conference. That event accounted for a one-time addition of over 500 active users to the stats last month. In addition, the Adult Grid did not report its active users this month. Last month, the grid accounted for 322 actives. Without those two grids in the stats, the total active numbers would have increased by 901 users.
The number of registered users grew by 9,275, for a new total of 520,834. There was also an increase of 3,552 regions, for a new land area of 70,008 standard region equivalents.
Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)
OSGrid was the biggest land gainer this month, with 1,323 new regions for a new total of 20,467, comfortably keeping its place as the largest grid in OpenSim. Kitely gained 330 new regions and has the second largest number of regions at 14,433.
For those who are new readers, 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.
Most of the major grids reported active user gains this month.
Metropolis gained 229 active users, Genesis Metaverse gained 182, and OSgrid gained 147. InWorldz, OpenSim’s most popular grid, started off the new year on a positive note with a gain of 151 new active users, after losing more than 500 actives last year.
Below is a list of 25 most popular grids this month based on active user numbers.

InWorldz: 6,098 active users
OSgrid: 3,878 active users
Metropolis: 3,666 active users
DigiWorldz: 1,618 active users
Island Oasis: 1,392 active users
Kitely: 1,314 active users
AllCity: 1,232 active users
Lost Paradise: 1,141 active users
Craft World: 1,076 active users
Great Canadian Grid: 1,057 active users
Eureka World: 672 active users
Virtual-EPI: 614 active users
Exo-Life: 613 active users
YrGrid: 607 active users
Genesis MetaVerse: 544 active users
DreamNation: 542 active users
Sinful Grid: 524 active users
Encore Escape: 393 active users
EdMondo: 382 active users
FrancoGrid: 365 active users
Anettes Welt: 344 active users
3rd Rock Grid: 343 active users
Littlefield: 308 active users
The Public World: 308 active users
Dynamic Worldz: 297 active users

Meanwhile, the hypergrid as a whole is beginning to function more and more like one large grid, with an increasing number of multi-grid events, communities, and groups.
(Hypergrid Business data.)
Hypergrid-enabled grids, where users can teleport freely to other grids, are now home to 80 percent of OpenSim’s active users, a record high share. They accounted for 68 percent of actives at the beginning of 2016, and just 52 percent at the start of 2015.
Looking at land area, the numbers are even more dramatic, since the hypergrid offers more renting options for users, and some grids even allow users to connect their own home-based regions for free. Hypergrid-enabled grids currently account for 95 percent of all OpenSim land area, another record high.
The full list of all hypergrid-enabled grids, ranked by traffic numbers, can be found here.
Kitely Market statistics
The Kitely Market now delivers to a record-high 165 grids.
Customers from any hypergrid-enabled grid, and from many closed grids, can order from a selection of 8,784 products, also a record high, which are available in 16,870 variations.
On the Kitely Market, like on Amazon, different versions of the same product — different colors of a dress, for example, or different permission options — are grouped together into one listing.
Of particular interest is the export permission, which allows content to be delivered to other grids, or delivered to Kitely then taken to other grids via exports or hypergrid travels. This month, 11,900 of the variations were exportable, or 71 percent of the total.
(Kitely data.)
All hypergrid-enabled grids, by default, can accept Kitely Market deliveries unless they specifically configure their grid settings to keep these deliveries out. Grids that are not accessible via the hypergrid can still accept Kitely Market deliveries, if they choose, by following these instructions.
Craft, Dorena’s World both turn seven this month
Two of the oldest OpenSim grids, both European, are turning seven years old this month.
Craft, which is based in Italy, is celebrating with a party and building competition.
(Image courtesy Craft.)
Craft’s party will be held on January 27 and will feature the grid’s sixth annual Building Competition, which is open to residents of both Craft and other OpenSim worlds, Craft spokesman Raffaele Macis told Hypergrid Business. The winner in the building competition will receive a full region in Craft for one year, the second runners up a 10,000-prim region for one year and all entries should be given to Licu Rau or Tao Quan, in-world, by January 21.
(Image courtesy Dorenas World.)
Germany-based Dorena’s World, however, is postponing its celebration until the summer, grid owner Dorena Verne told Hypergrid Business, to coincide with the seventh anniversary of GridTalk, a German-language discussion forum for the OpenSim community.
“Much has happened to it, sometimes times off, laugh, cry, just everything that makes a together,” she said. “I would like to thank all the inhabitants and guests for this time, which I have been able to spend together with you until today.”
Transitions
We added two new grids to our list this month.
(Image courtesy OpenSim Life.)
Opensim Life will have its official grand opening on February 1.
Early visitors can stop by now, however, and check out the “Debauchery” region. The

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