OpenSim records gains in land area and active users

Public OpenSim grids gained the equivalent of 1,257 regions this month, while the number of active users rose by 511, after falling for the past three months in a row.
Great Canadian Grid, InWorldz and The Adult Grid did not provide full data this data, as was the case the previous month.
The hypergrid active users share, which is a representation of the number of users who travel the hypergrid in the OpenSim compared to the total users, went down by three percent this time round.
OpenSim land area is now at 74,235 standard region equivalents after the gain this month and 97 percent of that area is hypergrid-enabled.
OSGrid was the largest gainer in OpenSim land area with an additional 1,421 regions, followed by Virtual Worlds Grid that gained 429 regions and Kitely 339 regions. This was able to offset the losses by Metropolis which lost 213 regions, DigiWorldz that lost 206 regions, Genesis Metaverse that lost 130 regions and Adventure Bay that lost 102 regions.
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.
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.
Kroatan Grid gained the most active users this month with430, followed by Eureka World — which lost 245 active users  last month — at 369 users, and OpenSim Life gained 217 active users. Metropolis, Islands of Enlightenment, Dorena’s World, AllCity and 2Open each added more than 100 active users.
Virtual ABDL Grid, which suffered an outage last month and so missed in the list, lost the most active users at 367, followed by OSgrid at 183 and Genesis MetaVerse lost 153 active users.
Top 25 most popular grids this month:

Metropolis: 3,527 active users (HG hypergrid.org:8002)
OSgrid: 3,514 active users (HG hg.osgrid.org:80)
AllCity: 1,722 active users (HG login.allcity.com.br:8002)
DigiWorldz: 1,449 active users (HG login.digiworldz.com:8002)
Island Oasis: 1,360 active users (HG islandoasisgrid.biz:8002:island Oasis)
Kitely: 1,124 active users (HG grid.kitely.com:8002)
Lost Paradise: 1,014 active users (HG lpgrid.com:8002)
Eureka World: 965 active users (HG 54.77.238.20:9000)
Craft World: 905 active users (HG craft-world.org:8002)
Genesis MetaVerse: 869 active users (HG grid.genesismetaverse.com:8002)
Virtual-EPI: 654 active users (HG 209.126.208.163:9024:virtual event planners int)
Exo-Life: 654 active users (HG hg.exo-life.onl:8032)
OpenSim Life: 646 active users (HG http://opensim.life/stats.php)
DreamNation: 623 active users
YrGrid: 489 active users (HG grid.yrgrid.com:8002)
Logicamp: 460 active users (HG logicamp.org:8002)
FrancoGrid: 411 active users (HG hg.francogrid.org:80)
ZanGrid: 362 active users (HG login.zangrid.ch:8002)
Dynamic Worldz: 338 active users (HG grid.dynamicworldz.com:8002)
3rd Rock Grid: 335 active users (HG grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002)
Nextlife World: 327 active users (HG nextlife-world.de:8002)
Dorena’s World: 318 active users (HG dorenas-world.de:8002)
Neverworld: 311 active users (HG hg.neverworldgrid.com:8002)
Anettes Welt: 274 active users (HG anettes-welt.de:8002)
Islands of Enlightenment: 270 active users

Kitely
The Kitely Market now delivers to a total of 194 OpenSim grids. There are currently 9,803 product listings in the market containing 18,704 product variations, of which 13,960 are exportable.
Growth in exportable and non-exportable content on the Kitely Market. (Kitely data.)
Gloebits
Gloebits had a great month with an 80 percent increase in transaction volume compared to last month’s data while the number of users went up by 31 percent.
Gloebits transactions and user account figures. (Gloebits Data.)
Gloebits has also released new money module module files that can be downloaded from their dev site here. These files contain two updates, namely no purchase messages that a user would get upon every new session on a Gloebit app and a bug fix involving errors in purchasing land, a problem discovered in one grid. These two problems have now been solved, Gloebits CEO Christopher Colosi told Hypergrid Business.
“We asked the community and had pretty uniform response that our chat message to inform them that Gloebit was enabled was good and our internal messaging system with our auth url was useful, but that receiving the purchase internal message every time they logged in after they had authorized was annoying,” he said.
Gloebits has also added the text to the chat message sent to clients upon a new session which tells them that they can click their balance in the viewer to get the link to where they can purchase Gloebits. Many Gloebits partners are also providing messaging on their regions.
VirTec
VirTec and DigiWorldz are yet to complete the transfer of ownership of the VirTec vending machines, but the network attracted a total revenue of the equivalent of US $511, with 238 merchants and 1,087 transactions. Last month, it had $538 in dollar revenue from 58 merchants.
Merchant and Revenue data at VirTec network (VirTec data.)
InWorldz was the biggest customer this month at $255 in total transactions, followed by DigiWorldz at $105 and Genesis Metaverse at $60. The other grids saw total transactions of less than $50.
Sinful Grid is folding
Sinful grid is folding at the end of the month, though temporarily, and is planning to come back with a new name and revamp, grid executive staff told Hypergrid Business.
Users are requested to transfer any cash or cash out any money through Podex as soon as possible.
MVC grid offering free parcels
Anyone who needs free land on the MVC grid can contact administrator Natasha Thiebaud in world. The parcels are available at the Home region of the virtual grid and are 2304 square meters in size and can hold up to 878 prims.
There are no specific rules for getting the free land.
There are also free stores available for creators and designers at the Plaza region.
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