Online Social Communities
Online social communities are a direct extension of the ever-popular social networking sites. These new communities are vibrant, exciting, and give users the opportunity to communicate with each other in real time.
The Social Internet
Ever since the advent of email, chat rooms, and online dating sites the internet has become a very social place. You can meet, date, and even get married in cyber-space. Unfortunately, these sites are limited to chatting only.
The new social communities are much more than just chatting. In virtual worlds like Second Life users can do anything in their virtual life they could do in real life and much more.
To participate in social communities like Second Life you will need a cyber representative. This will be your avatar. Once you become a member of Second Life you are immediately directed to choose a basic online representation of yourself before you can enter the online social community and interact with others. Later you can always change your avatar look and play a new real or fantasy role.
In order to have social conversations or meet others you will need to manipulate your avatar through the virtual realm of Second Life. You can go to clubs and hear live bands and dance with top DJ’s, visit a coffee shop, buy clothes in a mall, meet someone through friends or attend any of the hundreds of events organized daily in this virtual world. The possibilities of hooking up are endless.
The number of options for socializing in online virtual communities is mind boggling. Here are just a few:
- A walk through the park
- A day on the lake
- Attending Classes
- Sunbathing at the beach
- Playing games
- Visiting an art exposition
- And so much more!
You can socialize with friends, go on dates, or interact with coworkers in the amazing Second Life environment. Many users do not know a soul when they first sign up but before too long are active in many different groups and have an abundance of friends and acquaintances.
That’s the thing about online communities – even shy and introverted people can meet and enjoy the company of others. Second Life has a built in safety net for users. You can be anyone you want to be because chances are you will never meet other users in real life.
Remember to always take safety precautions in Second Life or any online social community. Adults and teenagers alike should never give out their real name, phone number, or address to other users. Following this simple rule you will always enjoy your virtual life experience.
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