Second Life Basics
Getting Started in Second Life
You'll want to know if your computer can run Second Life; most can, but check here first. Then follow the links on that page to join and download the program.
If you would like to learn more about the program before you begin, there is a great deal of helpful information in the Second Life Knowledge Base. Please be aware that as of Summer 2011 Second Life transitioned to a new viewer, "Viewer 3." Not all documentation is updated. The following videos give an overview of the most important things to know about getting started in Second Life.
Exploring Second Life:
Your Second Life will begin on an orientation island, which teaches you the basics before you start exploring. When you are ready to leave, you can find interesting paces to visit through the "search" menu. Here are some sites that you may find interesting. To visit these sites, open the Second Life program and click the links:
Virtual Native Lands promotes the use of emerging Internet technologies to strengthen and sustain Native American communities. For more information, see their website.
Virtual Ability helps enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds.
A residential sim that supports the deaf, hard of hearing, and other communities. In addition to private residences, the island contains an art gallery that features works created by deaf/disabled artists, a resource center that provides information for people with all kinds of disabilities. Cape Able hosts the only authorized Starbucks Deaf Chat Coffeehouse in a virtual world.
Healthinfo Island houses a variety of sources of research-validated health information. Displays and kiosks on the east side of the island offer information on how to improve personal health. SL residents can ask health-related questions at the Consumer Health Library, and RL librarians will send back a personalized reading list. The Path of Support provides contact information about over 70 peer support groups in SL.
Minerva is the Department of Women's Studies classroom in Second Life; many feminist resources are set out there, as well as student presentations. Content on Minerva changes periodically.
Articles on Second Life