The hypergrid is getting friendlier

Hypergrid inventor and UC Irvine professor Crista Lopes — also known as  “Diva Canto” — has added a feature to OpenSim where you can invite someone to be your friend even if they’re not on your grid. In fact, they don’t even have to be logged on — they’ll get the invite next time they’re in-world.

So, for example, you can search for me using my full avatar name — [email protected]:8022 — and invite me to be your friend. Well, if you’re running the latest, cutting-edge, experimental release of OpenSim.

Some of my hypergrid friends at a meeting last week of the Hypergrid Entrepreneurs Group. Next meeting is Thursday, March 29 at 4 p.m. SLT -- 7 p.m. eastern.

The functionality has so far been tested only on standalones — also known as mini-grids — said OpenSim core developer Justin Clark-Casey in an update this week.

But keep an eye for the fully-tested and debugged feature in the next official stable release of OpenSim.

With hypergrid landmarks and messaging, the metaverse is quickly becoming a very accessible, social place, with barriers to cross-grid interactions quickly breaking down.

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  • lol I think i will avoid bleeding edge opensim but its nice to know this is getting worked on.  🙂 

  • [email protected]:8022 is friendly? [email protected] would be friendly. Just sayin’

    • I agree with graymills and laughs at Sarge above.

    • It is possible to drop the hg, if I let my OpenSim host do my website as well. And it may be possible to drop the 8022 if I use a default port. But I’m not sure it would be possible to get rid of the dot com!

  • Oh this is a major step. When I first tried HG I couldn’t even IM my friends on my main grid most of the time. Now that works every time for me. I can even send teleports for them and that works most of the time. HG is getting friendlier, yay :). It wouldn’t take hold if people weren’t able to stay in touch with their friends. I’m very happy about this new development. 

  • Dammit, all these improvements on HG travel and communications and all is making it harder and harder to hide from the missus *laughs*