SL Share: photo upload to Facebook disabled

secondlifeUpdate April 3rd: As per this LL blog post, the Facebook photo upload has been re-enabled by Facebook.

SL Share is the viewer-side capability which allows Second Life users to share pictures, thoughts, etc., with their Facebook account.

Since its launch, it has proven extremely popular among SL users who have no issue in linking their SL and RL identities, and who see it as a means of telling friends about their SL activities. However, a recent spike in usage of the capability highlighted the fact it is in violation of Facebook’s policy by posting SLurls with images sent to Facebook.

As a result, the Lab has announced that the photo upload capability within SL Share has been disabled by Facebook, and the Lab are now working with Facebook to resolve the issue.

The Lab’s blog post announcing the situation reads in full:

Facebook recently contacted us to let us know that the Photo Upload feature of SL Share is not permitted to automatically include location SLURLs in posts made from the application. We’re working with them to get a hotfix out ASAP, but in the meantime the Photo Upload feature in SL Share will not work, as Facebook has temporarily disabled that part of the application. SL Share’s Status Update and Check-In features will continue to work.

When SL Share’s full functionality is restored, SLURLs will no longer be included when you share a picture using Photo Upload, but you will still be able to let your Facebook friends know where to join you in Second Life by using the Check-In feature.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and are working to get a fix out ASAP.  We’ll use this blog to keep everyone posted with any updates and will of course let you know once the issue is resolved as well. Thank you for your patience.

SL Sare: the inclusion of SLurls with uploaded images is against Facebook policy
SL Share: the inclusion of SLurls with uploaded images (2nd image from left) is against Facebook policy

The situation likely means that any TPVs what have also included the SL Share capability into their offering will need to adopt any hotfix forthcoming from the Lab once it has been made available.

21 thoughts on “SL Share: photo upload to Facebook disabled

  1. Got to admit, I don’t use it much, since I don’t use Facebook all that much. I can understand why FB doesn’t like avatar accounts since it is hard to monetize us (I don’t agree, but that is another conversation) but how does a slurl differ from any other link that takes people off FB?

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    1. If i’m understanding what I’m hearing from sources, it’s to do with the API provided by FB and used by LL.

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  2. As long as Flickr direct upload is not affected i care less as i don’t use Facebook. And btw , is this feature only available on tpv’s? (the flick 1 i mean).

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  3. Please excuse the repost from Google+ but I feel this is an important matter worth discussing.

    Linden Lab underestimates the potentials SL groups have.

    Groups could be great promotional tools for Second Life if Linden Lab revamped their interface and changed them into web-based forums as I described in this post in 2011: http://bit.ly/1goqkdy

    Think about how obsolete groups are today and think what we could with a web-based interface. There are thousands of special interests groups which could more effectively promote on the web, and groups could still be connected to social network accounts.

    Instead, we are all forced to use Facebook or Google+ communities or web based forums for better social interaction. And, Linden Lab could easily offset the cost increase of having web-based groups by making them an opt-in feature linked to premium accounts. I bet that would be a more appreciated perk that the silly toys they keep throwing at us premium members.

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    1. Happy to see it cross-posted, Indigo!

      There has been a lot of talk for the potential with web-focused tools and options in support of SL (such as providing a broader web-baed medium through which new users could better understand SL, develop their avatar, & thus being in a stronger position of knowing what they want to do and where to go). Web-based group tools certainly fit-in with those ideas as well, in addition to the opportunities you point out. Kudos!

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  4. Its much beter, if Linden Lab drops support to facebook and sapend time to improve the SLfeed. its betetr to keep sl stuff where it belongs near sl. not on facebook page nobody wants to visit. No i dont have a facebook account.

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    1. The flip side to that argument (in part) is that the SL Feeds are entirely closed and with a limited audience.

      Whether or not you have a Facebook account is immaterial (I don’t either). A lot of people in SL do have FB accounts, and as noted in the article, have no qualms about linking their SL and FB identities and sharing their SL exploits with their families and friends. And by doing so, they’re indirectly helping SL reach a far wider audience.

      That’s why LL maintains a Facebook page – not because they necessarily want to share what’s going on with existing SL users via Facebook (and certainly not because they want us all to join FB) – but because they’re raising awareness that SL has a strong and vibrant user base and in doing so, maybe, just maybe, some of those entrenched in FB will be curious enough to climb over the fence and come take a look.

      That said, allowing someone at SL the time to give the feed some TLC would not in itself be a bad thing …

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  5. I agree that it would be great if Linden Lab were able to understand that SL fundamentally IS a social media and work on making the social tools in SL work better.

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  6. Can some answer my question please as i don’t use any official Linden Lab viewer. Is the Direct upload to Flickr available on it or only on Firestorm, Ukando and perhaps more Tpv’s?

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    1. Flickr uploads are purely a TPV feature, originally developed by Katharine Berry (of Exodus). They are not affected by this issue. Separate service altogether (Yahoo runs Flickr, not FB).

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      1. even if i don’t use the official viewer it is behind my understanding why they don’t implement that feature, cause if many love to Photoshop their pics before uploading them, others all they want is to show where those where taken!
        But tks for the reply (even if i know you will come with some clever argument in why LL does not bother to do so!)

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        1. Maybe the Lab doesn’t fully appreciate the need for a Flickr uploader as there haven’t been the requests for it. Maybe the code for the current TPV capability hasn’t be contributed to them. Maybe they’re already working on something similar. Maybe they just feel what they have is enough. Who knows? But the best way to get something added to the viewer & you’re not a code contributor is to file a feature request JIRA.

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  7. I hate Facebook. They’re worse than the NSA when it comes to privacy matters. Forget the fix, LL, and sever all connection to the Evil Empire. I know, it’s like Moscow ostracizing McCain, but it would be a noble gesture.

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    1. … Except many SL suers did want and do use SL Share and the convenience of connectivity between their SL accounts and the RL FB accounts.

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    1. Facebook doesn’t care one way or the other about Second Life. All they care about is people using their service sticking to their rules. They’re entitled to take that view, just as I’m entitled, as someone who disagrees with their attitude towards identity as a commodity, not to use their service.

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  8. If Second Life users (and i know many, mainly among Music community ) use Facebook, despite all the risks (and i’m not speaking about the need of real identification for its use, to use it due to or not, is at each one decision) then i do hope that Linden Lab manages to fix the problem!

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    1. It’ll likely be an update which will have the SLurl option removed from the floater. All TPVs offering SL Share will doubtless need to update as well.

      And yes, there are many in the music community in SL who use FB and have no problems linking SL & RL. There are also venues which use FB pages (and some people have FB pages for their avatars – which isn’t a violation of the FB ToS), as will as “every day” users who don’t have an issue in linking SL to RL. So really, there are a fair few people from across SL who do use Facebook, a point that many others don’t tend to take into account. That’s why, while I don’t use Facebook myself, I don’t have an issue with LL providing the capability.

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