Linden Lab have now added a new Messages feature on SL social web profiles. This is a good communication addition I think that the lab have introduced to the new profiles this year. There is a inbox method and profile method to send messages out to friends.
I have noticed that when I receive messages they appear to be in my gmail inbox too. The IM feature still needs work done to it I think so that everyone can chat without having the need of logging into SL. The Messages feature is fast, simple and there is room for options.
- Inbox > Send Message > Search by username
- Enter a friend’s username > Enter message
- Send Message
- Open up friends profile > Click on drawing pen icon > Send Message