What is this? What can I do here?

As you probably know, Google decided to close SuperPoke! Pets and the SPP.com website as of March 6, 2012.

History

Google bought Slide, Inc., the maker of SPP, in early August of 2010. Slide continued as a relatively independent unit of Google for the next year. In June, 2011, Slide announced that it was gradually shutting down the release of new items for SPP, the final items being released on July 1, 2011. Slide intended to let players continue playing with all the existing items for the forseeable future. Players who looked forward to the constant flow of new items were disappointed, but many continued to play and to buy items for as long as they could.

Then, in late August, 2011, someone high in the Google organization decided to end many Google products and departments as part of their strategic goals to put more effort behind fewer projects. Slide and its products were one example of products and teams being ended. The SPP team was largely dismantled shortly after the announcement, its employees offered positions in other parts of the company, but the team requested 6 months to transition players off the SPP.com site and the game closing date was extended until March 6, 2012.

What can we do?

Many of us are very devoted to our SuperPoke! Pets and people demanded two things more than any others: to keep our items that we've put so much time and money into, and to keep our friendships that we've built up over the years. Google was kind enough to provide a function to let us download habitats from SPP.com so that we can have our items to keep, but many people said that it wasn't good enough: "We want to be able to continue redecorating our habitats with our items."

This is how Habi Makeover was born. Habi Makeover, which has been released gradually since the SPP shutdown transition began, lets you redecorate with the items you and others downloaded from SPP.com.  This site you are on now, the Habi Makeover Community, is for users of the Habi Makeover offline decorating application to socialize and keep in contact in many of the ways we did on SPP.com and some new ways.

What this is not:

Unfortunately, this is not SPP and you don't actually have access to the SPP game here as it was on SPP.com. There is no gardening or quests and there is no shopping or marketplace. You can now have a habitat on your profile and you can visit your friends to see their profiles, but you don't get points or coins.

So what can I do here?

Most of what you can do using Habi Makeover takes place on your computer, rather than on the Internet or on an Internet Web site. This site is how you can connect with other users of the app to share and communicate.

How do I get started?

You'll need a few things to get started. If you are already signed in here, that's a good start. If not, you'll want to sign up for an account and be sure to look in your email for a confirmation email that you need to confirm your email address.

Next, you'll need three kinds of things on your computer to take advantage of what you can do with Habi Makeover.

Read about "How to get started" on our wiki site.

I highly recommend Sheep's how-to video tutorials on installing Habi Makeover Basic and using Habi Makeover 1.01.01. It's a little out-dated now, but it's a good visual demonstration.