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Native Twitter support in the Second Life Viewer – some ideas on STORM-9

20 March 2011

Today I was browsing JIRA, the Second Life bug tracker, and I added a comment to the STORM-9 issue, that is “As a User, I want to share my location and a custom status with friends on Twitter so they can follow what I’m up to in Second Life“. So here are some ideas about how this feature could work, with regard to Twitter only.

Authentication

  • user should be able to insert her Twitter account details somewhere
  • this can be done in Preferences, or maybe integrated with the authentication process currently used in Web Profiles to claim a Twitter account

Metadata

  • user location should automatically be retrieved when this feature is used
  • a shortened version of the SLURL should be generated and added to the status message
  • a Twitter hashtag like #secondlife may be automatically added to the status message but this should be optional

Use

  • this feature is available via menu, where a new item has to be added
  • this feature may be also be available via a new UI button in the bottom bar, which is disabled until user associates with a Twitter account
  • a new floater has to be created, which shows to the user which Twitter account is being used
  • a text field is available where to write the custom status message
  • the text field is pre-filled with the shortened SLURL and automatic hashtag (if used). User should be able to remove this text from her message
  • a visual indicator of how many characters are available should be present, taking into account how many characters are used by SLURL and automatic hashtag (if used)
  • user writes her custom status message and clicks a “Send” or “Tweet this!” button to publish it

Note that many Second Life are already familiar with the “Email Snapshot” feature, which is similar but more complex than what proposed here: it’s a 2-steps process, and the last floater has 3 text fields to be filled instead than one. So this new feature, as proposed here, would be consistent with the existing ones, with no complexity added.

I don’t use Facebook but I suppose this model could be extended to different services.

I’d love to see this added to the Second Life Viewer or to a Third-Party Viewer. Instead of commenting here, add your ideas to https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/STORM-9 or bring the conversation into the web forums of your favorite alternative client. Feel free to email me if needed. Oh, and welcome to my blog. I usually write in Italian here, but there are some English posts, and photos of cool SL locations where language is not an issue :)

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