Google Plus communities slow growth

(Image courtesy Shari Cortes.)

(Image courtesy Shari Cortes.)

The Adult Metaverse and OpenSim Virtual are still gaining members on Google Plus, but at about half the rate as last month.

Adult Metaverse gained 54 new users, the biggest growth of any OpenSim-specific community, for a new total of 745 members.

OpenSim Virtual gained 52 new members and retained its place as the largest OpenSim-focused group, with 1,403 members.

OpenSim Scripters was the third-fastest growing, with 50 new members, for a new total of 86 members, while the Hypergrid WIP Show gained 30 members for a new total of 96.

The slower growth rate could be due to the start of summer, or it could be due to continued uncertainty about the survival of Google Plus as a social network. Last week, its Photos function was spun off, following a similar situation with Hangouts.

However, Bradley Horowitz, Google’s head of Streams, Photos and Sharing, just emphatically told BackChannel, “Google Plus is not dead. In fact, it’s got more signs of life than it’s had in some time.”

Largest metaverse communities on Google Plus

Google Plus is an attractive place for OpenSim discussions because of its easy integration with group calendars, a range of notification options, and the fact that Google dropped their real names policy last summer.

See the full list of Google Plus communities we’re following here.

This month’s 15 largest communities:

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Talla Adam

    Probably slowing down a bit as the weather improves and people get out more. That is always a good thing and a promise I have made to myself too. Virtual worlds are just so addictive!

  • Serene Jewell

    I am noticing people posting more in their own grid’s G+ group. Also the G+ groups around regular events like the Hypergrid Safari, the Metaverse Tour, and the Hypergrid WIP are growing. Thanks for the link to the full list, Maria! There are more OpenSim G+ groups than I realized.

  • Marc_Razia

    I wonder if it has something to do with Google+ adding Collections. I find it much cleaner to follow a particular collection on topics of interest than communities – though both have their advantages. But collections seem to be booming on G+.