[opensource-dev] STORM-9 - sharing location and status message to Twitter

Erin Mallory angel_of_crimson at hotmail.com
Sun Mar 20 12:49:14 PDT 2011

While I'm no longer totally opposed to adding in twitter support into the client, there are allot of reasons I cannot at all support making this anything of a priority other then the absolute lowest.  
First, allot of users already feel that Second Life is already too tied to twitter and Facebook and similar as it is when we have widgets in our profile we cannot remove without shutting down our profiles and even THEN can be remotely activated.  with Twitter being another potential link between SL and RL that many don't want, and with Twitter being openly shared with the US government and archived, I think allot of users would be really upset if we added this without allot more community feedback.  Like a blog post about it. 
Second. there are already huds that can do what this storm issue proposes.  If we are going to be adding in features that huds already do, how about some that have been requested much longer and by allot more people?  Such as animation overrides, various build tools, etc.? 
Third, as it is we already get slammed again and again for worrying about new toys when there are major bugs and design flaws that need fixed.
Fourth, depending on the implementation, if the system is or could be set to twitter automatically, I could really see someone really abusing this feature to track a boyfriend/girlfriend/fiance/roommate/spouce, etc.   Make a new twitter account, quietly log in their SL account, turn this feature on, and voila: instant tracking system.
I would consider worrying about stuff like this AFTER we deal with allot more of the accessibility, content creation, privacy, and new user needs and only if implementation is such that it would take a conscious effort to tweet something...  

> From: opensourceobscure at gmail.com
> Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:43:57 +0100
> To: opensource-dev at lists.secondlife.com
> Subject: [opensource-dev] STORM-9 - sharing location and status message to	Twitter
> I just commented STORM-9, 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"
> 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 propose to keep this discussion limited to Twitter
> and then adapt/apply the results elsewhere.
> --
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