Kitely adds more features

Kitely, the on-demand grid, and effectively my second virtual world home, today adds several new features that increase the grid’s appeal and capabilities.

Profiles

Kitely now has full profile capabilities, allowing you to supply information on yourself and your interests, set picks, and so on, a-la other grid-based VWs.

Profiles now available in Kitely

Groups

Groups are now also featured within Kitely, with all the capabilities you’d expect: Group chat / IMs, Notices, Roles, etc. Kitely follows the OpenSim standard for Groups, so I’m unclear on what the upper number of allowable Groups per avatar is (42 being the maximum number a person can join in Second Life).

Doubtless Ilan or Oren will drop by and overcome my ignorance in this :). Creating and participating in Groups follows the usual process, but if you’re new to the whole thing, the Kitely blog post provides a link to some instructions.

The arrival of Groups also adds further granularity to controlling who can access your world(s) in Kitely. Until now, the levels of access have been based on Facebook and / or Twitter. However, you can now additionally define access in terms of the Groups you create / join, again using the through the Settings for each of your Worlds.

Setting Avatar Group access to worlds (Credit: Kitely Ltd)

Kitely offers significant flexibility here, as you can assign access to multiple Group of which you are a member / you create, including defining how the time Group members spend in your world is paid for.

Security and Other Updates

Alongside these updates, Kitely has also:

  • Implemented off-line messaging for the receipt of IMs while not in-world
  • Updated world security settings so that only the world manager to build in them. “Pushing” is also now disabled by default. Worlds can still be opened for anyone to build, but the recommended practice is to enable build rights via a trusted Group
  • OAR export format has been updated to save a world’s telehub, if one is set.

Finally, this update also sees an optional (but recommended) update to the Kitely web browser plug-in. You’ll be prompter to update (if you haven’t done so) when you click ENTER WORLD from any World Page.

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The Piano Guys

Nothing to do with Second Life, but for a while now I’ve been raving about Stephen Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt, who together form  the core element of “The Piano Guys” – and their work is just amazing. While I’ve linked to them a couple of times in blog pieces here, I’ve not really mentioned them in detail.

They release a piece almost weekly on YouTube, and each one is a musical treasure, stunningly arranged and beautifully filmed.

Some are original compositions, such as Desert Symphony:

Others are cover versions of popular songs:

While some are simply great fun:

For me their best pieces are wonderful fusions, such as last week’s Bourne Vivaldi, bringing together the fast-paced refrain from the Bourne films and (as the name suggests) Vivaldi in a wonderful piece:

Although overall, this stunning combination of One Republic’s Secrets with Beethoven still remains my personal favourite, and one I play daily. The piece is layered emotions and the segue from Secrets to Beethoven’s 5th is inspired:

You can find The Piano Guys on their own channel on YouTube, or at ThePianoGuys.com.

Listen, enjoy – become a Founder!

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