Sunday, March 28, 2010

MetaGridnet: A social ecommerce website and OpenSim sandbox

If you recall, I had previously blogged about my successful, but laborious attempt at setting up an OpenSim installation on my hosted VPS server. Well, recently I redeployed my server and decided to do something bigger as a challenge: create an OpenSim installation, but with a social networking site to accompany it. The result is MetaGridNet.

MetaGridNet's social networking features include user blogs, Twitter-like microblogging, user pages, a forum, file uploading, and an online marketplace. And now as of this writing, MetaGridNet also has its' own 2x2 region OpenSim environment. Currently, you can set up an MetaGridNet account via the website, but there is no website page to create accounts for the sandbox(yet). To get a sandbox account, you must contact me via email and provide your avatar's name and password(Your data will be kept private). The login URI for the MetaGridNet sandbox is http://metagridnet.com:9000.

P.S - I do have Hypergrid enabled as the sandbox uses the Diva distribution of OpenSim. I'll provide details on how to Hypergrid to MetaGridNet in a later blog post.

4 comments:

Peter Stindberg said...

This looks a lot like OSGrid. I always liked the pretty seamless interactiong between OSGrid and the OSGrid website.

Maria Korolov said...

Misfit --

Hypergrid works great! You're in the middle regions, so folks coming from ReactionGrid would have to jump a little further north first, but you're well within reach of OSGrid and other upper regions.

I'll check back in -- when you've got the place a little more built up, I'll add it to our hypergrid worlds directory.

-- Maria Korolov
Editor, Hypergrid Business
http://www.hypergridbusiness.com

AntoniusMisfit said...

The similarity to OSGrid isn't accidental, Peter. Both MetaGridNet and the OSGrid website use the Elgg social networking platform, which I found to be surprisingly easy to install.

AntoniusMisfit said...

@Maria: You were able to Hypergrid into the sandbox? That's great news! I'll set up a welcome area for Hypergrid jumpers and local users when they log in, and see about making some parcels available for Homesteading or rent.