Online Community Sites
Online community sites such as Second Life are growing by leaps and bounds. Never heard of them? Then you will enjoy the information in this article about the wild and extreme fun to be had in the virtual world.
These online communities are virtual worlds where users can interact with other users in real time. The Second Life virtual world is the most popular online community and allows users to live a “second life”.
Take a visit to the Second Life site and you will see students in classes, business men and women at work, artists creating, people partying, flirting, playing games, practicing sports and hobbies and so much more. Online communities like Second Life mimic the real world in real time.
Your visit to an online community will require you to sign up for a membership. Second Life has 2 memberships – free and premium. The premium membership requires a monthly fee but comes with perks such as land ownership and 300 L$ (linden dollars) weekly stipend.
To interact in online communities such as Second Life you must create an avatar. This avatar will be your virtual representation in the virtual world. Your avatar can be as wild and crazy or as traditional as you want. That’s the beauty of online community sites – you can be anyone you want to be with a few mouse clicks.
Once you have created your avatar you can begin to interact with other users in online virtual communities. This is where it gets fun. You can be a total introvert in real life but with your virtual safety net in Second Life, the 4th wall, you can be anything, go anywhere, and do whatever your heart desires. It is very easy to meet others and socialize.
As the popularity of online communities continues to grow many more virtual worlds will find a home on the internet. Second Life will continue to set the standards for all online communities. Its many users are creative and dedicated. They are responsible for making Second Life what it is today, with their in-world shared experiences and unique building and scripting work.
Remember to have fun in your “second life”. You may visit online community sites to conduct business or attend a distance learning class but plan to stay for awhile and get to know the locals. You will make new friends and have a fantastic virtual time.
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