Users up, land down for holidays

OpenSim’s public grids reached a new high in active users this month, as traffic went up more than 7 percent, or nearly 2,500 actives.
There are now 34,881 active monthly users on the grids that report these figures.
The OpenSim Community Conference last weekend accounted for 335 of the new actives, but the rest were distributed among 90 other grids.
The gain in active user numbers was the highest since July, and does not include data from several large grids including InWorldz, Great Canadian Grid, and The Adult Grid which no longer publish traffic numbers.
Land area dropped by more than 9,500 regions. OSgrid’s land area fell by more than 11,000 regions, so without that cleanup, OpenSim land area would actually have increased.
OSgrid runs a regular clean-ups where unused region slots are removed from the grid map.
Total OpenSim land area in standard region equivalents. (Hypergrid Business Data.)
Virtual Worlds Grid gained the most land area, the equivalent of 964 standard region, followed by ZetaWorlds with 447 regions, 3rd Rock Grid with 231, Kitely with 221, and PMGrid closing the fifth spot with 48 regions.
Despite the cleanup, OSgrid retained its place as the largest OpenSim grid by land area, with 18,921 regions. It was followed by Kitely with 17,332 regions, Metropolis with 6,943 regions, Atek Grid with 6,270 regions, DigiWorldz with 5,257 regions, and Lost Paradise with 4,354 regions.
OpenSim also recorded an additional 8,469 new user registrations across all the grids this month.
Kitely was the most valuable grid this month when it comes to bringing in new users with 1,354 new registrations. It was followed by InWorldz with 1,026, and education-focused grids Emilac with 849 and Eureka World with 804. Eros Resort added 789 new registered users, and OSgrid added 708.
These stats do not include most of the mini-grids running on the DreamWorld distribution of OpenSim, or private company or school grids.
According to the latest DreamWorld stats, there are more than 3,256 grids, out of which 1,132 are hypergrid enabled and 15 percent being mini-grids created with this installer alone so far. out of the 1,132 are hypergrid enabled.
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. OutWorlds 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.
The greatest gainer in active user numbers in the last one month was Eureka World with 406 users, followed by OpenSimulator Community Conference with 335, Sacrarium with 267 and AllCity with 146. Craft World also gained more than 100 active users.
Eureka is an educational grid, the OSCC grid was the site of this month’s big conference, while Sacrarium is a new Russian grid that has been criticized for lax content protection policies.
Top 25 most popular grids this month:

OSgrid: 4,262 active users (HG
Metropolis: 3,368 active users (HG
AllCity: 2,191 active users (HG
DigiWorldz: 2,049 active users (HG
GreekLife: 1,930 active users (HG
Eureka World: 1,303 active users (HG
Sacrarium: 1,221 active users (HG
Island Oasis: 1,191 active users (HG Oasis)
Kitely: 1,034 active users (HG
Lost Paradise: 908 active users (HG
Dorena’s World: 814 active users (HG
Craft World: 797 active users (HG
Exo-Life: 685 active users (HG
Virtual Brasil: 630 active users (HG
DreamNation: 551 active users
Genesis MetaVerse: 508 active users (HG
Logicamp: 481 active users (HG
OpenSimulator Community Conference: 434 active users (HG
YrGrid: 404 active users (HG
EdMondo: 397 active users (HG
FrancoGrid: 392 active users (HG
Nextlife World: 392 active users (HG
Party Destination Grid: 387 active users (HG
Eros Resort: 356 active users (HG
3rd Rock Grid: 326 active users (HG

Metropolis saw the biggest drop in active users this month,  with 502, followed by Moonglow with 261, GreekLife with 200, Islands of Enlightenment with 124 and Kitely with 119.
Dreamworld stats
The Hypergrid Business database currently tracks 1,277 grids, of which 269 were active this month.
OutWorldz has another system for tracking grid counts, and currently has a total of 3,256 grids. This is up by 735 from last month. Out of the 3,256 grids, 1,132 are hypergrid.
The total tally includes 15 percent of DreamWorlds or grids created with the DreamWorld software that allows users to easily create and run grids at home as well as to connect to other OpenSim grids.
Of the 3,256 grids, only about 367 grids are online — 12 grids less from last month’s tally. The test to determine whether sims are online runs every hour and offline grids tested every four hours.
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 delivers to a record 240 grids

There are currently 11,014 products listings in  Kitely Market containing 20,858 product variations, of which 16,005 are exportable.
Kitely Market has delivered orders to 240 OpenSim grids to date.
Exportable products on Kitely continue to increase. (Kitely Market Data.)
Ever since Kitely turned on the hypergrid export functionality, exportable content has been growing at a much faster rate than non-exportables, as merchants increasingly become comfortable to selling to the

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