Everyone starts off their Second Life journey as a Newbie or Noob. Some people catch on really quick and within a week are mixing it like a Second Life pro. Others can spend years in Second Life, retaining their newbie status simply by not wanting or having the time to learn the skills or improve their avatar.
Having not participated in a Monday Meme by Strawberry Singh for a ridiculous amount of time this one captured my attention. Being patient and understanding of Newbies is not something I’m known for. Although rarely rude my frustration of explaining click here; open this; select edit; move cursor to left; and then watching the box end up on the left hand for the tenth time can not be hidden.
Given the obvious has already been stated many times over regarding treating others with respect and not opening a conversation with “wanna have sex”; which actually happened to my SL mom just last night by a resident who has been in Second Life for six years! Here are my top five abstract hints for the unsuspecting new comer to Second Life.
Meme Instructions: List 5 pieces of advice you would give to a newcomer that has just joined Second Life. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post or advice in the comments.
1. Regardless of experience and wisdom, Second Life is unlike any other online experience. Prepare for an amazing but emotional roller coaster. Due to the protection of being behind a computer screen, Second Life has a portion of rough and tumble with the added fun of nasty mind games. If you are easily taken advantage of, naive, or hurting; think twice about starting a Second Life journey.
2. Organise and structure your inventory with folders right from week one! If you manage to keep your inventory in order and put away your purchases at least weekly, two years down the track you won’t be drowning in the chaos of mysteriously named folders everywhere. Once in this mess without dedication and immense sacrifice of time there is little hope of ever getting it in order.
3. Once you graduate into the purchased clothing wearing realm, DELETE, DELETE, DELETE. Yes I am talking about those freebie items and gifts that you will never ever wear or use again. No matter how outstanding the quality, that 368 prim clock is never going to be rezzed so trash it! The benefit of this won’t be felt for years but eventually this tip will stop you from having an overflowing inventory of over 100,000 unused useless items.
4. Never make your Second Life just about one person. I can hear the gasps of shock around the grid as people think I’m about to endorse a swinger lifestyle. I am not saying don’t settle down with someone you care about. What I am saying is, you usually enter Second Life to have fun and experience things. If your life becomes just about one person, if they disappear you are left with nothing. Emptiness in Second Life can be more lonely and painful than in the real world, where at least family and friends fill the void. Friends in Second Life will bring happiness and laughter into your online world, guaranteeing you never feel lonely.
An additional tip on this subject; NEVER delete friends for a lover, that is their insecurity and jealousy to deal with, not yours. A relationship online will never work without trust which will be required to be given blindly at times.
5. Learn how mute works. Don’t feel guilty or bad about shutting down an ugly conversation or offensive IM. Rude people exist in both worlds and just like real life we have the right and ability to walk away. After sifting out the bad, you will find many good people in Second Life and make wonderful friendship that you will enjoy for years to come.
Stay happy everyone.