Sunday, July 29, 2012
One of my tentative projects at the new build is to extend some of the monitoring and RL integration aspects. For a good while, I had a basic visitor log and activity log at the old SkyLounge build. Every evening, I'd get an email summary of every visitor and his interactions with the various elements of the build. Or, more often, an email telling me that nothing happened for yet another day. Just for the heck of it, I've continued this monitoring in SkyPod 4 (not that I expect many/any visitors).
Eventually, I started filtering out my own actions and mirroring these notices to a Twitter feed, using TwitterMail. Now, every time a visitor arrives, interacts with a scripted object, changes the holodeck program, watches the fireworks (or turns them on manually), takes an elevator, changes the radio station, or anything else I can think of, a message is sent to the public Twitter feed. This feed is, in turn, relayed to an object at SkyPod 4 via SL's built-in web-on-a-prim.
More recently, I've started monitoring that feed using If This, Then That (IFTTT), with an eye toward adding more channels for integration elsewhere. At present, I'm monitoring for a #VisitorCount hash tag, and pinging my phone via Pushover when a new (non-me) visitor arrives. We'll see how long that lasts. SL is an international community, and I'm not so interested in my visitors that I'm willing to be woken up at 4am local time to hear about them.
In any case, if you can think of any nifty SL-to-RL interactions that'd be worth playing with, please drop me a comment below.