What should a VR Social Network look like? We think it should help people:
- Make friends
- Socialize more
- Strengthen friendships
- Find and build community
Here's our plan to make that happen.
Closed Beta: Your ROVR Profile
Your ROVR profile is a way to:
- Let people know your interests, hobbies, and background
- Know your friends better
- Give strangers a vibe check
- Talk about your favourite topics
- Direct people to other accounts (i.e. Twitter, Discord, Steam, VRChat, etc.)
Your ROVR profile combines your virtual identities and IRL interests. Along with a short bio and pictures, you can select or input custom profile tags that make you, you. These tags will help you meet new people, find and set up events, and take part in community groups.
Currently, your ROVR profile is public. We'll be adding visibility settings soon.
Note: ROVR profiles are being tested and improved in closed beta. For now, join the waitlist!
Coming Soon: Your ROVR Guest List
VR opens you up to the whole world, and people of every background and belief. But right now, public VR servers and lobbies can be chaotic or intimidating. Since most of your IRL friends probably don't have a VR headset yet, it's also hard meeting new people from existing social circles.
Your ROVR Guest List will introduce you to people who share profile tags, interests, personality and mutual friends with you. You'll want to meet these people, and they'll want to meet you. After you add each other on ROVR, you can say hi and meet up in VR right away through any VR apps/games you share.
As we launch the Guest List, we will reveal and explain its algorithm.
Coming Soon: Messaging, Events, and Community Groups
We will launch the Guest List along with Messaging, which will support end-to-end encryption.
After that, we're launching Events, which lets you create and join VR and crossplay events across any VR app/game. This will work for both planned events (like birthdays), recurring events (like watch parties), LFG (for finding teammates), and spontaneous hangouts.
Finally, we’re building Community Groups. We want these to be more interpersonal and less hive-mind-y than Reddit, but less spammy and chaotic than Discord threads. The goal here is strengthening community bonds through VR socials and events.
How Will We Make Money?
Though ROVR is open-source and open-algorithm, we still need to make money in order to run, grow, and improve our platform. We commit to monetizing ROVR in non-invasive and user-aligned ways. Following the examples of Steam and Discord, we believe a sustainable business model for ROVR will be a combination of paid customization features (like stickers, backgrounds, and custom emojis), and advanced power-user features (like additional filters, boosts, and options) for Profiles, Messaging, Events and Community Groups.
Does VR Need a Social Feed?
We don't like social feeds because they waste your time and generally make you feel worse: they turn the Internet into a popularity contest. However, people do want to stay in the know with their friends. We're not sure: what should a social feed for Social VR look like?
Let us know what you think through the feedback button, Twitter, or our Discord server.