Key OpenSim stats fell this month, as two popular grids — InWorldz and The Adult Grid — opted not to report their total land area or their active users.
InWorldz has been the most popular grid every month from 2012 on, and had 5,276 active users last month. However, both their active users and total region numbers have been falling over the course of the past year and, saying that they didn’t want to be unfavorably — and, they said, unfairly — compared to other grids, they stopped publishing these numbers.
The Adult Grid did not explain why they stopped publishing their stats, which have actually been rising recently. The grid was on our 25 most popular grids list last month, as well.
“The amount of registered users will be the only one provided as seen on our website,” grid co-founder Constanza Amsterdam told Hypergrid Business.
The Adult Grid reported 355 active users last month, and the equivalent of 428 standard regions.
Mostly as a result of these reporting changes, but also due to the loss of a few hundred active users on OSgrid and Metropolis grid, the total number of active users went down by 6,140, for a new total of 30,588 active users this month.
Both InWorldz and The Adult Grid are closed grids, meaning that users cannot connect home-hosted regions, or teleport to other grids.
Without their numbers, the proportion of active users who are on hypergrid-enabled grids has risen to 97 percent, up from 79 percent last month. Again, this does not mean that 97 percent of all active OpenSim users are on the hypergrid. It means that 97 percent of users on grids that report their stats are on the hypergrid.
We now have 230 active hypergrid-enabled grids in our database, 45 grids that are not on the hypergrid, and four grids that we haven’t yet figured out — Atlantis, Moonlight Grid, and OpenSim Pride 2017.
The total number of standard region equivalents also fell, by 468, for a new total of 73,420. The hypergrid now accounts for 97 percent of reported land area in OpenSim, up from 95 percent last month. The change is less dramatic because the InWorldz and The Adult Grid accounted for a smaller share of land area than they did of active users.
Registered users continued to increase, since both grids continued to report those stats, to 544,008. However, registered users totals only go down when an entire grid goes out of business, since grids rarely delete unused user accounts from the databases.
Biggest gainers in land area were ZetaWorlds with 1,644 new standard region equivalents, followed by OSgrid with 442, PMGrid with 338, Kitely with 329, and Genesis MetaVerse with 114.
Land area of OpenSim’s public grids, in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business data.)
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.
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 was the most popular of the grids that reported their numbers this month. Again, it is almost certain that InWorldz would have been at the top of the list if they were still publishing these stats.
Top 25 most popular grids this month:
OSgrid: 3831 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
Metropolis: 3427 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
DigiWorldz: 1660 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
Island Oasis: 1601 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
AllCity: 1439 active users (HG login.allcity.com.br:8002)
Kitely: 1370 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
Great Canadian Grid: 1162 active users (HG login.greatcanadiangrid.ca:8002)
Lost Paradise: 1062 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
Craft World: 1050 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
Genesis MetaVerse: 915 active users (HG login.genesis-grid.org:8002)
Eureka World: 841 active users (HG 184.108.40.206:9000)
Exo-Life: 646 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
Virtual-EPI: 646 active users (HG 220.127.116.11:9024:virtual event planners int)
DreamNation: 583 active users
YrGrid: 527 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
Dynamic Worldz: 496 active users (HG grid.dynamicworldz.com:8002)
EdMondo: 458 active users (HG slw.indire.it:8002)
ZanGrid: 436 active users (HG login.zangrid.ch:8002)
Virtual ABDL Grid: 415 active users (HG login.virtualabdl.com:8002)
FrancoGrid: 408 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
Anettes Welt: 352 active users (HG anettes-welt.de:8002)
3rd Rock Grid: 339 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)
Nextlife World: 327 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
3rd Life Grid: 319 active users (HG 3rdlifegrid.com:8002)
Logicamp: 274 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
We’ve added hypergrid addresses to the list this month, to make it easier for readers to visit the grids that are hypergrid-enabled. To visit other grids, please click on the grid name to go to the grid’s website, and follow the provided instructions to create a new avatar account and configure your viewer.
The biggest gainer this month was Island Oasis, with 195 new active users, followed by The Public World at 158, OpenSimLife with 123 new active users, Dynamic Worldz with 101 and Virtual ABDL Grid with 100.
Island Oasis also registered 633 new users this month, after launching a new marketing campaign for their free land offer.
That put the grid in fourth place in new registrations, after Kitely with 2,288 new registrations, followed by InWorldz with 1,781, and Emilac with 963.
The full list of all hypergrid-enabled grids, ranked by traffic numbers, can be found here.
Kitely Market now reaches 190 grids
Kitely Market, OpenSim’s online marketplace, now delivers to 190 grids. That’s more than two-thirds of the total number of grids in our database.
There are currently 9,347 products listed at the market, and these contain 17,768 product variations, of which 13,116 are exportable.
Growth in exportable and non-exportable content on the Kitely Market. (Kitely data.)
Ever since Kitely turned on the hypergrid export functionality, exportable content has been growing at a much