So much hype on facebook right now is happening with the announcement of new changes and fees for Second Life users. I am trying to look at it all like an innocent bystander off to the side reading all about it. In reality I am right in the middle as I am a premium SL member. Here is my Question… What is this “all-new membership level?” Did anyone notice this? It seems like something different and something secret at the moment.
From what I have seen so far in all comments…. no one has said anything about this. I have even checked a couple of the biggest bloggers sites in their most recent posts about the changes coming…. All I can see are that Linden Lab has changes in the works for premium members that are not spilled to the public yet and this all new level membership is the only glimpse I see that they have uttered anything about. No one has questioned this… yet… So I am.
Please read the Second Life Blog right HERE for all the info so far.
Onto my thoughts on all of this.
First off…. I think some people are getting angry and flighty. Honestly, the members of SL that will feel this the MOST are the free users. Prices here and there are going up. Everything in the real world does the same thing. I know this is a game and novelty to many users. For others it’s an extension of their lives. Even so, businesses up their prices every now and then. Linden Lab has done this rarely in comparison.
Your best bet is by looking at the premium fees… and buy the yearly option. It’s the best value and has not gone up in many many years until now. They are even letting you buy another year at this lower rate 72 USD so you have all that time before paying the higher rate of 99 yearly. So hop on the 72 train ASAP! LL wants us all to be premium members and later on this year I suppose the surprises will start happening. My BIG question will be answered then as well. The All-New Membership Level.
Look at the changes….. I did a comparison the other day. The old premium homes vs. the new premium homes…
As you can see, many improvements are happening and it really is advantageous to be a premium member. If you are wondering how to get a new premium home… abandon your old premium land by clicking the ground and hit abandon. Then go to Secondlife.com and claim your new premium land. If you do not see Bellisseria as an option just refresh and check back often until you do see it. More are opening up soon and/or people are abandoning them for boathouses or just being ticked off at the LL changes that they do not understand. (Raises my eyebrow).
Here are Narias thoughts on the matter.
Everyone is having their own opinions on the changes. As for me… I am on the sidelines reading, following and wondering what is in store for premium members later that we have no idea about because it is a surprise.
If you are one of those who are running to IMVU or Open Sims…. hey, that’s your choice. I am staying right here.
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Since I wrote this blog, LL has revised the group limits for basic free membership and put it back to what it was. Please read this!! Group Limits Update!