Online Chat Worlds
Online chat worlds are an excellent environment to meet new friends, enjoy music, shop, play games and create. These worlds have burst onto the internet in recent years and one, Second Life, has become the forerunner offering an amazing variety of things to do and people to meet.
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Second Life is perhaps the easiest way you will ever find to meet new people. Chat worlds give you the unique opportunity to interact with others from around the world in real time. This has made the online world an even more exciting place to visit for those who enjoy the internet but want to use it to expand their horizons while using their personal creativity.
Because all interaction is accomplished via your avatar there is no reason to be shy or nervous. For people who have difficulties in social situations online chat worlds are the answer to their silent prayers. A person intimidated in real world social situations can chat with others anonymously.
As soon as you enter Second Life you will have the opportunity to meet new people. Second Life has over 25,000 members online at any one time ensuring you will run into some real characters every time you visit.
To initiate a conversation is a simple process. Just maneuver your avatar near the member you wish to chat with, right click on the avatar you want to speak to, bringing up the chat option (Send IM), and type in your comments in the communicate window shown for a private conversation. This is done in an instant message form that will be familiar to chat room users. You can also use the local chat folder found in the communicate window or the local chat window located at the bottom of the second life viewer/interface for a public conversation.
Apart from text chat, another more sophisticated form of communication available in Second Life is voice chat. You will only need a microphone connected to your computer or headphones with micro. You talk and your voice will be heard within the virtual world. This is a great option for speeding up your conversations and is very useful especially when you are using the virtual environment for working and learning.
There are many other reasons to communicate with others in online chat worlds. Meeting and making friends is definitely the number one reason people join worlds like Second Life but there are many other venues to explore once you log in.
One fascinating aspect of Second Life is the instant access you have to real life culture. Have you always wanted to visit museums in Europe? Now you can. Second Life has many different museums, galleries, expositions, performance spaces, music halls, and other areas for creative expression.
Education is another popular venue for online chat worlds. Middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities are setting up classrooms in Second Life for their students to form study groups, get tutoring services, and attend classes.
Both of these venues require the use of text or voice chat. To get the whole experience of a fabulous European museum ask for a docent avatar to give you a tour. You can interact with her as you visit each area. Teachers and students use chat options to share information. And students in study groups help each other while chatting.
We have only scratched the surface of the many different opportunities available in online chat worlds. Visit one of these worlds to discover a world of new adventures waiting just for you.
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