Important Note: As early as 4th February 2019 anyone wanting to create new content will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator you can still download your data for your Google+ community.
In the coming weeks the sign-in buttons for Google+ will stop working although you’ll be able to sign in with your Google account.
It will be a real shame to see Google+ shut down in two months time as it was a useful way to find out what’s happening in Second Life, OpenSim, Sansar and for many other interesting things.
The OpenSim Festival 2019 will be taking place from 1st to 3rd March with live performances and there will be plenty of great exhibits to check out via the hypergrid. Above is a short new promo for OpenSim Fest 2019 which is going to be incredible.
A full festival schedule will be posted nearer to the time.
See below for more details…
What is OpenSim Fest?
From the ashes of AvatarFest it is with great pleasure we would like to announce Opensim Fest rising like a phoenix. OpenSim Fest is the celebration of the strength and diversity of the hypergrid user community. For the community, by the community. The format, the idea and the aims of OpenSim Fest will stay true to AvatarFest and we hope to be worthy custodians for Han and Eryn.
We do not represent corporations, companies nor grids – we are the customers, users, builders and dreamers who live out here, sharing our dreams and creations with one another.
OpenSim Fest Weekend and beyond
There are two parts to the festival, the first is the weekend of live performances on the Opensim Fest grid on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March 2019. and secondly you will be able to visit the region via the hypergrid to see the exhibits until the 6th April 2019. Nearer the time of the festival a full schedule will be posted and pages will be posted to the site with a full list of performers and exhibitors.
If you have been an exhibitor or performer and have anything on the festival region or in your grid avatar inventory you will need to export or transfer it by the 20th April 2019. All the grid databases, the region, website and grid accounts will be deleted on the 21st April 2019. The only thing that will remain throughout the year will be the main website as we will be using that each year.”
What can YOU do to be a part of OpenSim Fest 2019?
Creative Builders & Artists – there are build / Display areas waiting to be filled with unique creations! Please speak to Leighton Marjoramat firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Blight at email@example.com to reserve yours and receive guidelines information.
Live Performers, Live DJs – Performing Artists (Live Musicians, DJs) Please contact Cataplexia Numbers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibitors, performers and volunteers will be asked to join the Discord server so we can communicate easier. To join the Discord server click follow this link in your browser https://discord.gg/T7QN2mZ (discord is a very useful real time collaboration tool and there is a desktop app you can download). We encourage all to participate and be a part of the Community festival.
You can come by and visit us at Expo region 5/Booth number 26 at this years OpenSimulator Community Conference (OSCC 2018) if you would like to ask us any questions or sign up as an contributor to Opensim Fest. Finally the grid will be open to the hypergrid so anyone can come and then in January 2019 the region will be restricted to builders (then the builds will a surprise at the fest in March).
The 2018 Opensimulator Community Conference will be officially happening on Saturday 8th December and Sunday 10th December 2018. This is the sixth year that AvaCon will be running the annual conference and will it will mark 11 years of OpenSim development.
Google has officially announced that the social media platform Google+ will be shutting down over the next ten months for consumers after the recent security flaw that has exposed users private details. Apparently up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Google says Google+ currently has “low usage and engagement” and that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds.
Huge impact on Second Life and OpenSim Google+ communities
This is sad news for all Second Life and OpenSim users that have been running active communities on Google+. This is very disappointing news especially for the active OpenSim Virtual community that has over 2, 000 members because it was a great resource to find out whats going on.
Anyone that uses Google+ will have to move else where within the next 10 months like onto Facebook, Reddit, Pluspora, Discord or Mastodon etc. Whatever happens the communities will come back stronger and bigger after the closure.