OpenSim land, active users down this month

The public OpenSim grids lost the equivalent of nearly 4,000 regions, for a new total land area of 80,671 standard region equivalents. The number of active monthly users dropped by 2,580, to reach a total of 35,399. Most of the land area losses were due to a regular cleanup on OSgrid, while several grids did not report stats this month.
OSgrid dropped the equivalent of 4,000 regions from their map to allow other users to take unused slots. Typically, these regions come back quickly as region owners reconnect to the grid — or other users grab coveted spots.
Meanwhile, only 217 grids published their stats this month compared to last month’s tally of 232 grids. Kalasiddhi, for example, didn’t show active users this month — but had more than 300 actives last month — and a couple of grids underwent maintenance or had other technical issues.
Islands of Enlightenment gained the most active users this month at 257, followed by Neustadt with 127. A couple of dozen grids gained between 1 and 100 active users.
Dorena’s World lost the highest number of active users at 491, Gevolution was down by 379, Neverworld by 185, and then Kitely by 166.
The registered users number continues to increase and was up by more than 6,000 this month to a near 600,000.
When it comes to land area, HGLuv added the highest number of regions at 202, followed by Out & Proud Grid at 112, and Grid Nirvana with 100 regions and Kinky Grid with 95 regions.
Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)
Nevertheless, Kitely remained the largest grid at 17,393 standard region equivalents, followed by OSgrid with 16,769 regions,  Atek Grid with 7,283 regions. DigiWorldz with 5,097 regions and Lost Paradise in fifth place with 4,342 regions.
To calculate standard region equivalents, we take the total land area of the grid and divide it by the number of meters in one standard 256 by 256 meter region. That is because the same land area can be counted in different ways by grid databases, depending on whether the regions are regular regions, megaregions, or variable-sized regions.
OSgrid, as mentioned above, lost the highest number of regions at 4,258, followed by AllCity with 156, then Neverworld with 136, and DigiWorldz 121 and Metropolis at 76 regions.
These stats do not include most of the mini-grids running on the DreamWorld distribution of OpenSim, or private company or school grids. DreamWorld has counted more than 8,483 mini-grids created with this installer alone so far.
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.
You can also add your grid in the stats if it is not being crawled by OutWorldz. OutWorldz also provides OpenSim users with free  mesh items, OARs and free seamless textures that you can download and use on your grids.
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.
OSgrid remained the most active grid with 3,957 active users, followed by Metropolis with 3,237, AllCity with 2,569, GreekLife 2,557 and DigiWorldz closed out the top five with 2,062 active users.
Top 25 most popular grids this month:

OSgrid: 3,957 active users (HG
Metropolis: 3,237 active users (HG
AllCity: 2,569 active users (HG
GreekLife: 2,557 active users (HG
DigiWorldz: 2,062 active users (HG
Sacrarium: 1,727 active users (HG
Eureka World: 1,192 active users (HG
Kitely: 1,086 active users (HG
Lost Paradise: 784 active users (HG
Exo-Life: 709 active users (HG
Virtual Brasil: 677 active users (HG
ZetaWorlds: 625 active users (HG
Craft World: 608 active users (HG
Neustadt: 555 active users (HG
Party Destination Grid: 547 active users (HG
Eros Resort: 536 active users (HG
Nextlife World: 484 active users (HG
Gevolution: 483 active users (HG
DreamNation: 448 active users
Dynamic Worldz: 433 active users (HG
FrancoGrid: 425 active users (HG
Freedom Grid: 397 active users (HG
EdMondo: 393 active users (HG
Littlefield: 369 active users (HG
Tranquility: 322 active users (HG

DreamWorld stats
The Hypergrid Business database currently tracks 1,278 grids, of which 303 were active this month and 217 reported their stats.
OutWorldz has another system for tracking grid counts, and has currently counted a total of 13,824 Dreamworlds or grids created with the DreamWorld software owned by OutWorldz. This is an increase of around six percent from the last month’s tally.
The DreamWorld software allows users to easily create and run grids at home as well as to connect to other OpenSim grids. Out of the 8,483 Dreamworlds, 9,905 are private and 3,919 are hypergridabble.
The details of statistics can be found on Hyperica directory of grids. and the daily summaries here on the OutWorldz website.
Any grid owner can add their grid into the list on the OutWorldz website if OutWorldz is not currently tracking its online status.
Kitely exportables continue to grow
There are currently 12,016 product listings in Kitely Market containing 23,369 product variations, 18,322 of which are sold with the Export permission.
Exportable products on Kitely continue to increase. (Kitely Market Data.)
Exportable content has been growing at a much faster rate than non-exportables since Kitely turned the hypergrid export functionality, as merchants increasingly become comfortable to selling to the hypergrid.
However, non-hypergrid grids can also accept Kitely Market deliveries, giving their residents ready access to a wide, legal, and ever-growing collection of content.
VirTec reports a drop in revenue
VirTec network revenue dropped by more than eight percent and the number of merchants by less than one percent, even as the number of transactions shot by seven percent in the last one month.
The value of transactions in revenue went up in VirTec

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