The Second Life virtual world is hot, it’s trendy, and it’s hip. All of these adjectives have been used to describe the site by man site reviewers who understand what it’s all about. Over 25,000 members can be found in the Second Life virtual realm at any one time for 24 hours a day - 365 days a year and thousands of new users sign up every week. How can you become a part of this exciting online adventure?
To enter Second Life you must become a member. You can choose between a free or paid, (premium), membership. Most users have enough with the free membership but paid memberships allow access to more content. For example, a paying member can purchase land and become a land baron and get a 300 linden dollar weekly stipend.
Your goals for becoming a Second Lifer will determine whether or not you need a premium membership. For those who always want to participate to the maximum level possible, the premium membership becomes a must-have.
The first part of the registration process involves choosing you avatar starting look and a user name. The interface allows you to choose one of the basic avatars and type in your own first name or a first name you have invented for the site.
Next, you will choose from a list of generated possibilities for a last name. This process results in some pretty crazy name combinations. In the Second Life virtual world you may come across Ima Wonder, Whatta Bull, and Many More as you wander the streets meeting other users.
After your registration has been completed, you will email it confirming your email address and will receive an email with a link to download the Second Life Viewer Interface.
This virtual entity is how you will be represented in the virtual world of Second Life. Second Life provides an easy to follow module to help you customize your basic avatar. Once in-world, you will be able to choose physical aspects and clothing to make your avatar one of a kind or shop for an avatar you like.
Make a unique avatar using the Second Life “appearance” module and shop for fashion clothes and add-ons in-world. You can also design your perfect avatar with Photoshop templates or ask a professional designer to do it for you.
The Next Step
Once the Second Life Viewer Interface is downloaded and installed in your computer, you will enter the Second Life virtual world. Thousands of different environments are yours to explore. The terrain is divided into islands, most of which have a specific theme. You will find islands that focus on education, culture, interpersonal relationships, business, entertainment and much more and most of them have been created by other users.
It is recommended that you visit as many Second Life virtual worlds as possible before joining any one group. Even if you have become a member for a specific reason such as attending a class, you will benefit from the many activities in the virtual environment. The unlimited opportunities to have some fun and expand your horizons should be explored as much as possible. It’s also the perfect moment to customize you avatar and make it totally unique.
Take the time to meet and chat with other avatars. With tens of thousands of users on at all times you can meet people from all over the world, people you would never meet in real life. Your Second Life virtual world adventure is what you make it. Have fun and enjoy the trip.