SoFurry releases new IM platform amid site overhauls
Due to popular demand we are betatesting a SoFurry jabber server right now! If you want to test: email@example.com and your SF passwrd!
— SoFurry (@sofurrynews) January 27, 2014
SoFurry recently took a further step towards its goal of creating a complete furry community with the release of its own instant messaging service. The announcement was originally made on Twitter but then followed up on the main site itself with further details. Codenamed Project Nexus, the messaging system is using the Jabber/XMPP protocol allowing users to communicate with users on other servers, including Google Talk.
In time, the IM service will become integrated with SoFurry's friend list and should offer users a private way to communicate, without requiring creators to give their personal chat details to discuss commissions. The service is encrypted to increase privacy and security.
We want to offer a fully encrypted experience so you know you have full privacy. Not to mention give writers/artists a way to communicate with their fan-base while not giving out their standard contact information. Users can also create their own user controlled rooms and invite other SoFurry members.
Although the messaging system is currently in beta, it's open to all users and can be accessed using firstname.lastname@example.org and your SoFurry password. If your username contains a space, the space should be replaced with a hyphen.
Some users have been encountering some issues with loading SoFurry lately. These disruptions were due to the movement of data to new servers. Currently SoFurry has upgraded from four servers to six (with plans to soon double the number to 12 servers) as well as strengthening their firewall protections.
The past week has also seen the release of a preview of how art submissions will look in the upcoming SoFurry 3.0, a user page preview having been released a couple of months earlier. The new version of the site will be adding a frequently requested dark theme as well as dynamic scaling to work on all screen sizes, including smart phones. Comments and suggestions on the previews are encouraged and offer the opportunity for the whole community to influence the future look of the site.
The upgrades bode well for the future of the site and there is much activity by users themselves. Recently, the first Golden Typewriter competition winners were announced in 17 categories. The award is intended to recognise good writing over the past year on SoFurry and was started by user Moa. The forum thread for entries grew to over 200 posts in just two months! Unsurprising then that Fergus Wyrm named SoFurry the "best place for furry writers.”
The author is a SoFurry Ambassador.