Second Life is coming soon to Steam (maybe quite soon), but there's already a couple ways SL and Steam are connected even now -- for one thing, there's a Second Life Users Steam group; for another, even more profound: Steam already (apparently) tracks Second Life usage of Steam users. I observed this when looking at the SLU page on Steam, which counts how many members are "in-game"; at first, 56 were listed as being in SL, but after I launched my own Second Life client, the number immediately clicked up to 57. False casualty, maybe, but Steam sure seems to be tracking SL usage of Steam users. I'm double checking if this is the case with Linden Lab, and will blog back any replies. In any case, if you're already on Steam, try launching Valve's service, join the SLU group, and launch your SL client to see if you notice the same thing too.
In any case, while you're online, why not join Steam's Second Life Users group, which is already just about 1000 members strong.Hat tip: Bay Sweetwater, who has some thoughts and theories on Steam-powered SL. Tweet