Linden Lab now connected with Avatars United

M Linden today announced on the official Second Life Blog that Avatars United is now part of Linden Lab. This is an interesting move by Linden Lab into connecting avatars together. What do you think?

Web-based community connection

To help us do all this, we’re excited to announce an acquisition we’ve just made that will soon start to give Residents new and better ways to connect with each other and with the rest of the world: Enemy Unknown AB is a Swedish company that runs Avatars United, a Web-based community site designed especially for avatars. We’re proud to announce that they are now part of Linden Lab.

What does Avatars United do?

Avatars United lets you make some of those connections that I’m talking about above.  It’s a great site.  Check it out and add me, T Linden, and others to your friend list. As you do, you’ll start to build an activity feed (similar to Facebook or Twitter) that keeps you in closer touch with the people you’re connected to in Second Life. This is one of the most exciting things about the acquisition, this ability to reach my friends more easily, with more interesting information (and photos!), and in a more meaningful way. As we go, we’ll be adding to these capabilities — and because Avatars United provides developer APIs, anyone else can add to these capabilites as well.

Linden Lab Priorities 2010

One of our priorities this year (and there are many, from making the experience more intuitive to reducing Lag), is to give Residents new and better ways to connect and share, through features like the following:

  • Searchable profiles
  • Friend and activity feeds
  • Widgets and viral content
  • Optional registration and sign-in using credentials from other properties (Facebook, Yahoo!, etc.)
  • APIs that enable developers to create widgets, tools, and sites pulling from selected SL data feeds