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.

Maria Korolov