Following a recent technical fix, public chat on Ocean Grid is no longer visible on a public internet chat channel, given the potential privacy implications: nobody within an OpenSim region would be able to see who is logged on to the chat channel and therefore cannot know who is listening. Only administrators are now able to see this channel. Use private IM or group chat if you want greater privacy, as this cannot be heard even by administrators.

However, the server remains free for anybody to join. This is backwards compatible with Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and XMPP/Jabber. Please see these instructions for more details.