Archive for March, 2009

DONAWITTER donation+twitter(alpha)

Posted in BRN content Updates with tags on March 30, 2009 by ak Yip

Hello from Ak Yip!

What a gift I have for you all today!

We all know that donation boxes/tip jars are one of the most important parts of money exchange between users here in Second Life, what I have done is made a donation box which posts “who donates and how many lindens” to Twitter automatically when someone donates to it.

This is still alpha-version, but you can get it for free at Ak’s Free Sculpties: Akihabara.

Thanks from Ak Yip!

-BRN Blog Team
-Happy Building!


Woohoo New 5 Prim Sofa!

Posted in BRN content Updates on March 26, 2009 by Matty

5-prim-chair_001Well I have had a very very busy week, so I am a little behind in everything, and I know so many of you know that and have been pestering me a little! But I promise to catch up soon.

Though! I did manage to make a 5 prim sofa!

It has a plaid texture! Is full perm, you can mod it how you wish, change texture… pull it apart, link to your house. It is very simple in design, 2 prims are the poseballs, and you can always change those.

To hide the pose balls its just Show and Hide in public chat.

You can pick it up in the last booth on the left near the sculptie furniture set at Akihabara in Mattys Low Prim Store!

Don’t forget to donate to keep the freebies growing!

-Happy Building!
-BRN Blog Team

Beautiful Oak Tree by KathyJ – and AK Yips Twitter Viewer

Posted in BRN content Updates on March 23, 2009 by Matty

kathyj-oak_001Now up free at the BRN Low Prim Store is a beautiful oak tree by KathyJ, this tree I must say is quiet impressive, and at only 6 prims its worth a look!

You can find it at the end of the store beside two other trees.

Thanks KathyJ for your continued support to the BRN and am sure that everyone appreciates the gift!;

ak_yip_aks_twitter_viewer_3516501Also added last week if you were watching the group notices, AK Yip has put up a little neat device that allows you to read twitter. You can pick it up also on the Akihabara Sim at Ak’s Free Sculpties.

Don’t forget to donate to keep the BRN growing (And open)

-Happy Building!
-BRN Blog Team

#11 In Focus! Part B! Marketing in Second Life!

Posted in In focus on March 20, 2009 by Matty

Hope this helps Keanu!

A Brief History

Marketing in Second Life was once limited to attracting people in Second Life to your store through incentives, or by being located in a strategic position that would allow you to gain foot traffic and in return gain sales. However as with marketing using the internet has changed in what so many of you call ‘The Real World’ so has marketing changed within Second Life, no longer limited to just attracting people through strategic placement, or incentives the world of Marketing in Second Life has become a big industry all on its own, at least big in terms of Second Life. You can now market using various tools, and with the competition being tough!

Communication is your friend!

What are the various ways to market within Second Life?

Continue reading

The BRN Grid Discussion a Success!

Posted in BRN NEWS on March 15, 2009 by Matty

brnmeetings_001What a Succes the Grid Discussion was, with many coming from all walks of SLife to discuss the inpending changes that Linden Labs may undergo, it was something that meant a lot to me, because I believe that we each have a place to learn from one another, and I felt it important to understand what people feared most, and what peoples reactions are to these latest announcements.

The Builders Resource Network thanks everyone who came by, if you just typed or read, all of your input and your time is appreciated.

You can find a transcript of the chat here!

LL’s first break of Silence on the changes to come this year.

Posted in BRN NEWS on March 12, 2009 by Matty

Dear Building Community

We have taken great pride in our creations, in our second lives and out way of lives, we have accepted and tollerated one another in a way that is to be admired. Recently in group chats, I had a few conversations with you all within the Builders Resource Network, about the possible fears and changes that LL may be undertaking this year, especially in reguards to there direction with Second Life. Including what may possible be a merger of Grids with Teen Second Life.

I sent a few Letters to LL, to many friends within LL, and expressed the concern by points raised within these group chats about these fears, I begged them to come to a discussion on these possible changes, if not to participate but to just educate, about the communities wants and needs. My group the Builders Resource Network like any builders group shares something of a collection of various parties, all of which of course would have different voices on many opinions.

Linden Labs has declined this request, but instead has given a response to these letters via the blog.

As many of you know I have tried to always look out for the communities of Second Life. I have always tried to assist you all in anyway I can, from building tools, to informative tips, freebies for decoration and an outlet of expression. Part of this always has been voicing out, trying to find information and assisting the community in growth, development and promotion.

Because of this I wish to Invite you all to the discussion, as mentioned in previous group chats before… it is important that we maintain a voice, even if Lindens are to hear the concerns or not, justso we can each begin to understand each others view points. From the various communities that inhabit this vast and infinite land… so that we can best defend and maintain a view point that respects a majority of the community.

I myself personally am not for or against adult content, I have friends in every community, in every group. I am against child sex, and that has been voiced many times before- though I wish you all not to hold that against me.

Perhaps this is a conincidence but given the timing, and the group chats we have had, I do not think so, and even if so- we can all agree… SL may undergo some of the largest changes in it’s history this year.

These meetings will be hosted at 3pm SLT Saturday the 14th. at the BRN event hall at Akihabara.

Below is one of original letters sent to LL on your behalf…

Thank you everyone for your continued support of the BRN.

-LilMatty Althouse


Hello Jack Linden- hmmm have an interesting problem and not sure about how to about it I figured I would IM you now while its fresh in my head before I go through all the channels

Basically I run the builders resource network ( ) I am a very ancient SL resident, much before this ava’s creation and have been a moderator of some of the largest building and development groups here in SL and have spare-headed many community projects. However as of late, within the last month and a bit there has been much conversation about the strong possibility of a grid merger, which has put a lot of un-neccesary fear into the community especially in terms of those who are looking to invest in second life, do not want to find themselves… in a bad investment… my current plan is for a couple of weeks from now, to set up a discussion, between my group the builders resource network (around 190 strong) and a fewo the other builders groups here in SL of which I use to moderate. And it would be so highly appreciated, if perhaps there can be linden presence, perhaps a chance just to, ease a bit of the fear and anxiety.

I understand from a business point of view that this is a very hard thing to ask, afterall I have been the community relations officer for various companies and video game developers, not to mention a lecturer on viral marketing- and understand LL’s position of silence at this current time, but see as the groups I represent and which to set this up for, are some of the oldest store owners in SL, not to mention many education developers which I believe is the whole idea behind a grid merger, with so many communities… perhaps it will be educational for everyone to voice different views.-

Thank you very much Jack, and keep up the good work as head of Customer Relations

I am sure the direction LL is being lead to what is believed to be the best, and head towards a sustainable model to keep SL around just that bit longer. However we do need to be assured of that.

Thank you very much if you have read this

Hope this reachs you, and I do hope an answer can be given.

Excuse my spelling it is 4am.

Kind Regards

-LilMatty Althouse

A gift from Hairy thor! Shoji/Picture Display

Posted in BRN content Updates on March 9, 2009 by Matty

picture-display-boardEver wanted to divide a room with one of those oriental japanese Shoji screens? Well now you can! And not only that! But this one doubles as a cute picture display board!

Created by Hairy Thor from Thor Design this Display board has 9 white pannels which can have pictures displayed upon them, or can be kept white- all of which is within a beautiful wooden frame, the white pannels have gaps around them, giving it a very nice presentation and overall I have to say for a freebie that Thor Design has outdone itself especially with this freebie.

you can pick up the freebie at Mattys Low Prim store in Akihabara, First booth to the east!

-Happy Building!
-BRN Blog Team!