Monday, December 15, 2014

2017 PEOPLE: Communities of the virtual worlds on Google+

Communities of the virtual worlds on Google+ 
Updated 6/13/2017
Google+ is not a virtual world.  It is just a web site.  So what does it have to do with virtual worlds?  Isn't a virtual world stuck inside computers?  Virtual worlds are stuck inside computers, but communities are not.  In the past, virtual world communities used to stay mostly inside their computers.  That was then; this is now!
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Actually, we have long sought alternatives to the frequently flaky communications of virtual worlds. We first tried Facebook, but the FB insistence on real names drove us off.  While many of us could  pass for real, others got kicked out as being fake people.   I remember in one ruthless avatar raid, I lost about 300 friends.  We do have virtual world groups in Facebook, but we will never trust Facebook again. 
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Google+ is another story.  From their early days, they allowed established pseudonyms--which is what an avatar name is.  Now Google+ has become frankly friendly to avatar names:
Now Google+ communities are serious competitors to the inworld groups that virtual worlds have long used to maintain communities.  

How you can use Google+

Like an inworld group, but

  • Unlimited number of groups.
  • Unlimited group size.
  • Google sized resources to support growth.
  • Google level of reliability.
  • Available in your browser.
  • Easily accessed on a tablet or smart phone.
  • Now you can show your friends why you are in virtual worlds. 
  • When your grid goes down, you still have your contacts.
  • Posts are accessible indefinitely.
  • Posts are searchable with Google.
  • Posts are easily shared with friends or G+ groups
  • You can easily include pictures and videos.
  • You can offer 1-click weblinks to related content.
  • Others can link to or share your posts.

For hypergridders and multi-gridders

For outreach, promotion, and recruiting

  • Promote your community in outworld communities with similar interests.
  • Promote your community your way.  Skip the vampires.
  • Show outworlders the sights of your virtual world: pix and videos.
  • Promote the onboarding help offered by your community. 
  • Describe your welcome basket.
  • Guide newcomers to an entry port fitted to your community.
  • Encourage questions in the newcomer section of your G+ group.
  • Post newcomer welcome events in your G+ group
  • Be sure to post time and how to get there

A sample of G+ communities related to virtual worlds

These are examples I have collected to suggest what is or could be available.  

Adult focus

Art


Educators

Identity

Music


Stage

Sailing and other vehicles

Video producers

Writing and reading


Google search

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News and Notes

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Events 

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Education

How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again in couple of minutes.  Sometimes the first try fails (probably times out).  And try again a few hours later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day. 
If you get an address like this: 
 hg.francogrid.org:80:Residence-09:/119/128/190     
paste it into the address bar of Firestorm, see if it takes you to the exact coordinates. 

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