Please Save Our Privacy – Meh
Spin off from last post about the addition to the TPV policies.
I hear a lot oh “Hurrah” around the online status. Now Linden Lab will by next week effectively break any possibility to circumvent any setting regarding online status. Many people happy – Everything is good …. or … is it?
There are some gadgets in virtual worlds that will show their owner online. I remember when I started most of them were really simple round balls that glowed green for online and red for offline. You rezzed one out where you wanted it and it connected to your status. Easy and practical.
Why practical? See a virtual world is a 24/7 deal. If you have a business of any kind it might be a good idea to have such a gadget out in your store, office, club ect. You know so your ( potential ) customers can see if your online and IM (message) you if they have a question, problem or other. Makes for good CS (customer service) I’m sure most people will agree.
Today these balls have evolved. Various boards are now common thing in clubs, stores, malls, offices and so on. They are used by club owners for them self and their staff, by store owners to show their customers why the owner of the store is and if they are online (many stores have managers as well) , by Estate owners in their offices again for them self and their managers, by Escorts so their potential customers can see who is online and often also get a handy note card on their services. The list is endless. Even “just” normal persons have them in their homes in various styles.
Next week this is over. ALL of these gadgets will be broken. Lot of people wont even know about this change until its to late. Merchants will be swamped by people complaining and wanting their money back because they now have a completely useless item in their inventory. The merchants have sold these gadget over many, many years and of course don’t have the money any more. The money is spent on land, rent, textures etc, what ever they need to live and work in a virtual world.
But .. this is good.. yes?
EDIT TO AD:
Above I listed the most commonly known use of this function of detecting online / offline status. I was just browsing the Second Life Merchant forum and Zanara Zenovka listed in one of her comment an even longer list that makes use of this
- gift vendors
- bot systems
- staff boards
- staff time clocks
- ad boards
- tip jars
- gift boxes
- delivery gadgets
- RP systems
But we are still in agreement that this is a good thing that Linden Lab is gonna break this code.. right ? (Just making sure)