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Second Life Wants You to Share on Facebook

By Cat Boccaccio.

Linden Lab is somehow obsessed with Facebook. They like the integration of FB into real lives, the ubiquitousness of it, the boatloads of cash spilling out of Mark Zuckerberg’s pockets. LL even created my.secondlife, which invites us to share random thoughts and photographs with our SL friends, much like, um, Facebook.

Now they are introducing Second Life Share, or SLShare, a new feature that will let us connect with Facebook directly from our viewer. We will be able to post observations while inworld, and share Second Life photographs on the fly.

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For some reason, Linden Lab continues to want to blur the lines between our real and second lives. They have an agenda, a business model, and damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead… no matter that to the vast majority of Second Life residents, the world is separate from our first life, and that is how we like it.

To the credit of Linden Lab, the SLShare feature is completely opt-in, with default privacy settings, and once connected it is dead easy to opt out again.

It remains to be seen what Facebook will make of a bunch of avatars invading their space, especially since they insist on real names and identities and have already purged many poor Second Life souls from the network.

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Here is the full post as it appears on the Second Life blog:

Introducing SLShare, an Easy Way to Share to Facebook While Inworld
by Linden Lab ‎09-25-2013 09:09 AM

Today, we’re introducing Second Life Share or SLShare for short. It’s a new feature that makes it easy to share things from Second Life with your friends on Facebook.

SLShare is a new, 100% opt-in Viewer feature that will allow you to easily update your Facebook status, share photos, and check-in from Second Life locations to your Facebook wall.

Whether you’re at a great inworld event and want to let your Facebook friends know where to join you, want to show off a photo of your avatar modeling your latest Marketplace purchase, or just share a thought inspired by your inworld explorations, SLShare makes it easy to share pieces of your Second Life experiences with your Facebook network.

Check out this video introduction for more info.

SLShare isn’t yet available for everyone, but starting today, a certain percentage of users will begin to be able to access the feature, and we’ll soon rolling it out to everyone.



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3 comments on “Second Life Wants You to Share on Facebook

  1. Quan Lavender
    September 26, 2013

    Cat, you are so right. I f I would connect my SL with Facebook I would make it FB just easier to block me as “not real”. Can a company be more far from their customers as Linden Lab?

    Instead of helping us to survive at Facebook (maybe tagged as avatar) they open a gate to the trap!


    • slummagazine
      September 28, 2013

      I agree. I can’t imagine connecting to real life Facebook from my SL account. LL wants a younger demographic, which is not FB, but probably Twitter. What next?


  2. Daniel Voyager
    October 24, 2013

    I keep my SL and RL Facebook accounts separate. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Plurk have strong SL communities. It’s handy having a button to post things to my SL Facebook account. I think there should be more social buttons added instead of switching windows etc.


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