Google Plus communities slow growth
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.
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.
This month’s 15 largest communities:
- Second Life and other Virtual Worlds: 1,631 members
- OpenSim Virtual: 1,403 members
- The Adult Metaverse: 745 members
- Virtual Identity: 633 members
- OSgrid.org: 629 members
- Kitely Virtual: 471 members
- Arts in Virtual Worlds: 395 members
- Metaverse Week in Review: 370 members
- Virtual Pedagogy: 344 members
- Content creators of the virtual worlds: 284 members
- Hypergrid Destinations: 272 members
- Metropolis Metaversum: 257 members
- OpenSim Creations: 228 members
- Hypergrid Events: 226 members
- OpenSim Destinations For Educators: 220 members