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A REALLY Virtual Office: IMing into Second Life


A new tutorial has been posted to DeveloperWorks showing you how you can create a Sametime bot that will listen for conversations in Second Life and relay them to your IBM Lotus Sametime Connect client or vice-versa.  Basically, it lets you use Sametime to take part in conversations in Second Life even if you're in Second Life at the time.

You've heard the hype about Second Life®, and how it's becoming the environment of choice for ... well ... everything, it seems. But work can't stop just because you want to hang out. Fortunately, the IBM® Lotus® Sametime® Software Development Kit (SDK) and Second Life scripting make it possible to combine the two. This tutorial shows you how to create a Sametime bot that listens for conversations in Second Life and relays them to your IBM Lotus Sametime Connect client or vice-versa, making it possible to let people alert you when you're needed, but you're not "in-world" as well as to be in-world without missing important conversations.


The example used in the tutorial is an interesting one - someone who runs a virtual flower shop in Second Life and can be available to talk to customers even when not logged in.

Link:  A virtual office: IBM Lotus Sametime chatting and Second Life  
(Thanks, Tara)