I was thinking today about an idea in my last post about providing cues about the timezones of the avatars one is interacting with. I wondered whether the info should be displayed in the label used to display the avatar’s name and group. Then I thought about my HUDs and the various bits of junk displayed by the advanced menus and it dawned on me that the Second Life client needs a standard dashboard or sidebar where all of these optional 2D components can be plugged in. A widget to display the timezones of avatars in my field of view would be something that I could install from a widget gallery. Developers would offer competing implementations of timezone widgets. My slTweets HUD, my blogHUD and my Zhao II AO HUD would be reimplemented as widgets that plugged into one or more toolbars that could be locked down, or torn off and floated outside the client window. Like the auto-hiding toolbars in Visual Studio, these toolbars could also roll up when not needed.