IO Encourages Community between Grids & Announces its 1st Live Annual Summit for Grid Owners, March 15, 2013
Island Oasis began as a grid in early 2011. Since that time many changes have occurred and growth has been steady. Formerly a part of hypergrids, now Island Oasis is a stand alone grid. The residents of Island Oasis come from a broad spectrum of walks of life, economic backgrounds, social interests, geographic locations around the world and have a varying degree of experience with Virtual Worlds.
This diversity should be celebrated and seen for wonderful beauty of collective experiences of the resident populace in IO. In a quest to further welcome residents to the grid and get information out about Island Oasis there are many ways information about the grid is released. This would include, but is not limited, to the Island Oasis Information Portal to hear grid news, see grid stats, look at images of the grid et al, twitter, facebook page and facebook group and yes even information locations in other grids and information in profiles on other grids. The purpose is never to encourage anyone to ever leave a grid they are currently on, nor encourage someone to give up their current land holdings, but instead to promote the benefits of adding another grid to where a person already may be and yes to promote the beneficial differences that Island Oasis offers its residents.
Some of these benefits are a newly created assets server database which manages how the page files are stored thus increasing the security of a resident's inventory, a feature for land owners which allows them (through the website region manager) to actually back up their own sim and have the OAR stored and the ability for the resident to restore the back up at their leisure by themselves and not have to file a ticket and wait for it to be done for them. These features are something you will be hard pressed to find any other grid providing for their residents. Other benefits are in many cases lower lag than some other grids, lower cost for land, no set up fees and little to no overhead cost for business owners migrating to include Island Oasis among the grids they are a part of.
Island Oasis has always had a policy of requesting its Staff members to never bash another grid. There is no need to talk negative in regards to anywhere else in order to promote the good things Island Oasis has to offer. Instead Island Oasis sees the benefit of having members who are in multiple grids. For one, the networking factor alone is such powerful tool and secondly welcoming in those from other grids can add to the diversity among the residents of Island Oasis.
One thing Island Oasis has done is to modify its TOS to include not soliciting members to LEAVE the grid. Any and everywhere you see Island Oasis promoting its grid you will never see an encouragement to a potential future resident to ever leave their current grid, but instead an encouragement to come visit or join Island Oasis and touting the benefits IO has to offer. Owners of grids promoting their grid and citing the benefits of their grid is nothing new and every Virtual World does this to some extent. Any grid who states that they we have this at a lower cost, we have this at a better rate, we can offer you this or that is NOT bashing another grid, instead it is simply stating the stats and benefits that their particular grid has to offer.
Realistically every grid has certain factors or features that will appeal to this or that mass of potential residents of virtual worlds. In the big picture if only every grid owner could see the benefits of residents in multiple grids it would mean ultimate growth for all. The economy, market and social factors can all benefit from resident participation in multiple grids.
Furthering the sense of community between Island Oasis and other grids, the owners of Island Oasis cordially invites Grid Owners to attend their First Annual Live Summit of Virtual Worlds they will be hosting on March 15, 2013. During the Summit the floor will be open for public discussion of a myriad of topics specific to virtual worlds and grid owners.