A few days ago I watched Torley Linden’s recent video about the Second Life Facebook share feature, which is referred to as “SLShare” and decided to try it out for myself. Unfortunately, it’s not released on the official viewer as of yet but I found a link on Daniel Voyager’s blog to a limited release viewer that you can download from the second life wiki and that has the SLShare feature.
I decided to try it out and make a video to show you guys how easy it is to setup and also my thoughts on it. I also talked about other social networks I think this would work better on. Here is the link to the video but I’m also embedding it below: http://youtu.be/JdKX70oItjU
I’m also going to type out most of the stuff I talked about in the video. Basically to access the SLShare feature, you just login to Second Life and then to go:
Me > Post to Facebook > Account > and then connect to your Facebook account.
Then when you are ready to take a picture, you just click on the facebook photo tab. You can choose to share your location (or not) and a few comments along with it. Then you can head over to Facebook to see if it posted. I have it set up so it will post all the pictures publicly, however you can change that under app settings on facebook and then just edit the Second Life app to your liking.
I think this feature is great and I am certainly very excited to use it. However, it is really only safe to use for those that have an actual facebook account using their real names because every once in a while, facebook decides to go on a deleting spree and removes the accounts of all those that are signed up using their avatar names. This feature might actually put these accounts at more of a risk. That actually happened to me quite recently so now I have ended up adding my phone number to my account and changing it so my real first name is listed and I’ve put Berry in as another name. I’ve also added a few real life friends so this account has become a mix of real and sl for me. I do wish that Linden Lab gave the option to use this feature using our Facebook Pages (like my Facebook page at this link). Facebook Pages are safer for avatar accounts and don’t get deleted. It would be so much better if LL could enable this feature to work with Facebook pages instead.
I also hope and wish that this is just the first step for Linden Lab and they have plans to expand this feature to other social networks that are more avatar friendly. For example:
- Plurk, which has thousands of SLers logging in every single day. I have over 2000 friends of which only about 20 are real life people and the rest are all second life avatar accounts. Plurk is very friendly towards the Second Life community and have even gone as far as adding in Second Life as a country in their profile settings.
- Twitter is another network which is friendly towards avatar accounts and the #SecondLife hashtag is used quite a lot on there and is one of my favorite hashtags to follow.
- Flickr of course which is a photo sharing community. I believe there are ways to directly share images to flickr already so perhaps this feature will not be required for it. Plus I prefer to process my images before putting them up on flickr.
- Google+ is probably the perfect network for this feature. I think out of all of the networks, I like the way Google+ is setup the most. The pictures are big and beautiful, they catch your attention and it also displays the text that accompanies the image well. There is also a very big Second Life community on Google+ which has over 1600 members that share all sorts of images, links and other information about second life.
I am definitely looking forward to using this feature, not only on facebook, but other networks as well. What about you? What are your thoughts on this feature? Will you be using it?
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