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April 01, 2007


Sean Gorham

I'm sorry to see your first SL experience took on such a negative note. Not everyone in SL is like that, honest! Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet brings out the worst in some people, and SL is no exception there.

Don't give up on SL just yet. Despite all of SL's problems -- both technical and social -- it's the people, the friends I've made, that keep me around. There do exist good places for new folks to get their feet wet. I highly recommend The Shelter and New Citizens Incorporated. Try looking them up in the "Places" tab of the Search window, and tell them Sean Gorham sent you. :)

Chris Brogan...

Wow that stinks! I'm sorry I was dead center of something else when you dropped me a line. Now I feel even worse about your experience, because I could've teleported you away to somewhere safer, perhaps.

I blogged a pointer to this post at my site, because I want even more folks than your typical circle of readers to know what went on. Crud.

Becky McCray

I noticed that the harassers hang around newbie areas. They are looking for people who haven't yet learned how to obviate them. Two harassers targeted me before I made it out of the welcome area.

Good for you filling out a report. Covering up your avatar will only work a little. Harassers will harass anything, any female.

The two easiest tools are to teleport to a new location, or just quit the game, wait a couple of minutes, and re-log on.

Becky McCray

And I recommend Natalia's Second Life Diary Blog for a terrific welcome guide http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2006/11/natalias-newbie-getting-started-guide.html and a nifty list of sightseeing locations http://slnatalia.blogspot.com/2006/11/siteseeing-and-exploring.html

There really is lots to enjoy in Second Life.

Terry Patterson

I've been to SL two times and my husband and I made it to through the tutorial and went to hang out at a club to dance a while. We also checked out some learning places that have been developed there. I have to say I was impressed with the possibilities and all but I can't say that it amused me much or enough for me to stick with it. We do love Disney's Toontown as a past time online -- it is kid friendly and we usually have more fun and can share with our girls any good deed or task that we finish in the game.

Mark Pesce

I think SL might have a role for people who have a certain type of creativity; this is the best thing for them since sliced bread. For most others (and I have to include myself among them) it seems to lack...purpose? Fun for a visit or two, but then...well...real life tends to be more interesting. More consequential.

Oh, and then there's all the pathology that pops out in the virtual world. You got a bellyful of that. It's all there in there in the real world, too, but something about the quality of a synthetic world can, in some people, bring these pathologies to the fore.


pardon me for a moment for being starstruck and nostalgic. that was a comment from THE Mark Pesce you just read. Am I a geek or what?

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