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.
The InWorldz ninth birthday celebrations officially start on Sunday 1st April through until Sunday 29th April 2018. This year’s birthday is sponsored by the founders of InWorldz and it will be really amazing this year.
The InWorldz ninth birthday celebrations will be held over at the InWorldz Events regions. There will be live entertainment, hunts, amazing art, a mesh Q&A panel, sim explorations and other fun activities happening next month.
There will be two special birthday parties on 1st April followed by the 6th of April for the grand opening of Jurassic Isle project. The regular birthday entertainment events will take place from 7th – 16th April. The final IW9 birthday celebration event will be the Pyromusical by PyroVR on 29th April.
The IW9 Event Schedule, landmarks, posters and other info can be picked up at the InWorldz Welcome Area.
Everyone is invited to the IW9 birthday celebrations!
On Tuesday 12th September AvaCon announced details about their upcoming fifth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference due to take place 9th-10th December 2017. The main focus this year will be on the latest OpenSim software releases along with visions for the future of OpenSim.
The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.
AvaCon hope to accommodate over 400 users in total at this year’s conference. The 2017 OpenSimulator Community Conference will feature many interesting presentations, performances, panels, workshops and much more. On the main stage there will be more in-depth talks featuring Education, Technical, Creative and Experiential topics of interest.
The annual conference is organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon. Here are the important deadlines and important dates you should know about.
September 12, 2017 – Announcement of the Call for Proposals!
October 8, 2017 – Proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time).
October 22, 2017 – Proposal acceptance emails and with conference information.
October 29, 2017 – Accepted speakers must register for the conference to create an entry in the conference schedule and the program.
November 11, 2017 – Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup to prepare speakers for the conference.
November 18, 2017 – Deadline for stage props and audio-visuals (beyond textures) for conference program.
December 9-10, 2017 – OSCC17 – Conference dates – Bring the WOWness!
December 10, 2017 – OSCC Hypergrid tour and community events.
This weekend the OSgrid is celebrating its 10th birthday and today I went along to check it out for myself. There are five specific birthday regions to explore this year: OSG10B1, OSG10B2, OSG10B3, OSG10B4 and OSG10B5 full of amazing exhibits from the OSgrid community.
For the OSG10B main stage and live music events visit the Event Plaza.
Get started at the OSG10B1 region and have fun exploring 🙂
The Event Plaza looks awesome with the OSG10B balloons and banners up.
Fast Teleport Board
Here are the OSG10B regions showing the exhibits from the sky. The builds look incredible from walking around and the overall layout is nicely done I think.
Head over now to the OSgrid 10th birthday celebrations and have fun with the OSgrid community 🙂