There are many interesting places (worlds) to visit in Kitely, see here.
Maria Korolov posted a blog post on 15th October called Growth resumes on OpenSim grids via Hypergrid Business. This is good news to hear that OpenSim grids have started to grow again in terms of new regions, new users and active users. Yay! 🙂
The public OpenSim grids added more than 4,000 new regions this month, registered more than 4,400 new users, and grew by 735 new active users after maintenance and other outages depressed the numbers last month.
The graph below shows the land area growth of OpenSim’s public grids from June 2010 up to October 2016 in region equivalents. As you can see there have been some noticeable drops in regions in recent years. The trend continues to be on the up for OpenSim grids at the moment and it will be interesting to see what impact Sansar will have on the OpenSim numbers during 2017 when it opens to the public.
These are the top most popular OpenSim grids at the moment as of October 2016:
These OpenSim grids have the most regions at the moment as of October 2016:
The hypergrid has continued to grow in recent months and years with more communities joining and more muiti-grid events happening every month. Active users on the Hypergrid has increased a lot during the past year or so.
Other OpenSim News
This graph shows the total number of responses for each grid from the Seventh Annual OpenSim Grid Survey.
My thoughts on OpenSim Grids vs the Second Life Main Grid
OpenSim grids have increased in land size, active users and in new users during the course of 2016 so far which is good to see happening. At the moment OpenSim grids have three times the regions than the Second Life main grid does. There are over 64, 000+ regions on OpenSim compared with Second Life just over the 24, 000 regions mark.
There have been various OpenSim grids that have had outrages and cleanups during 2016 which has had a noticeable impact on the grid numbers. Every week there has been a decline in regions in Second Life with only a handful of weeks being positive growth during the course of 2016 so far.
Looking ahead to 2017 I think it’s going to be an interesting year for both OpenSim grids and Second Life with the launch of Sansar going public and VR becoming more popular than ever before. I wonder if this impact will have any the grid numbers on OpenSim and Second Life in 2017-2018 ?
It would be really good to see more growth in terms of regions and active users in Second Life during 2017-2018. I think that in 2017 OpenSim grids will grow even more with the hypergrid becoming a large grid.
Stay updated on the latest OpenSim news via Hypergrid Business.
Check out my new snapshots of the beautiful and welcoming Kitely Welcome Center. Snapshots were taken on 12th April 2015 on the Kitely grid. The Kitely Welcome Center opened back in September 2013 and it still looks great today I think.
There are info boards, freebies, a showcase of worlds/stores to visit and much more around the Kitely Welcome Center to see. There are regular Kitely Community Meetings that take place to discuss user requests, issues and upcoming features. Keep updated on all things Kitely!
Ilan Tochner who is the CEO of the Kitely grid announced on 20th March via the Kitely Forums and the Kitely blog that support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds will be removed as of Friday 27th March 2015.
It seems like Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs. Kitely will be removing this feature and support for it later this week. For more details see below.
Via the Kitely Forums thread…
We’ll be removing support for Facebook Groups as access controls for worlds on March 27. If you’re currently using this feature then make sure to change your world access controls before this date.
Via the Kitely blog post…
Currently, World Managers can choose to restrict access to their worlds so only people who belong to certain Facebook Groups can visit it. Unfortunately, Facebook has decided to stop allowing external programs to get the list of groups that a user belongs to. Therefore, we are forced to remove this feature from Kitely. This will happen on March 27, 2015.
If you are currently using Facebook Groups for access control then you should switch to a different method of restricting access to your world: e.g., using OpenSim groups. Otherwise, once we’ve updated the system your world may become accessible to more people than you had intended.