ABC Island Open Day

10 06 2010

You may have heard about Secondlife, The virtual world. and you may have also heard that ABC has a space there which is visited by people from every country on Earth

You may have been tempted to try it yourself, or have done so in the past and simply got lost… I will admit that coming in alone can be daunting as a new visitor needs all the help that they can get, not from an on screen menu, but directly from the mouths of real people, who have used Secondlife for years, and would be more than happy to welcome you and give you a hand.

So, This Saturday, We’ll be having an open Day on ABC Island, from 7pm, Melbourne Time.

Secondlife is an amazing way to gather together with friends and chat about anything for as long as you like, I frequently talk to friends in the US, the UK, Canada and other countries, and with friends from other states with Secondlife. it’s a brilliant social network, and the added visuals can be a lot of fun, and also really useful… you’ll be surprised by what you can do with Secondlife, you’re only limited by your imagination.

To begin, you need to sign up at the Secondlife website and download the free viewer, a kind of web browser for Secondlife. I’ll explain some of the cool things that the viewer will let you do once you arrive at ABC Island.

It comes in Windows, Mac and Linux varieties. (Click here). The browser is roughly 80megs, so be prepared for a fairly large download, however installation is quick, painless and free.

If you have a headset, make sure it’s plugged in now… However if you don’t have one, don’t fret, it’s not essential.

Once you have installed the Secondlife browser (or viewer, as it’s known), sign in with your name and password and hit the little green button. Give the viewer about a minute to log you in and you’ll find yourself on an island, probably with lots of others. Now typically these islands are slow and difficult to move around in… and the idea is to get you to ABC Island.

So the next step is to get you out of there.

This is how you do it.

At the top right of the viewer,
you’ll notice a space which looks like this ( search ) click it and seach for me, Wolfie Rankin.

Wolfie Rankin should appear in green text at the top of the list, click my name and a different box will appear with three green buttons.

“Offer Teleport”, “IM” and “Profile”

Choose “IM” (Instant Message)

And Say “Hi Wolfie, I’d like to visit you and ABC Island, Could you please send me a taxi?”
(You can cut and paste that if you like, or be creative, it’s up to you).

And I’ll respond as soon as I can, but if I don’t respond straight away, please just wait for a while…
I might be on the phone, the cat could be coughing up a furball, the cake might have exploded in the oven… you never know, things happen right when they’re not wanted. 🙂

Anyway, when I do respond, a box will appear on your screen, something to do with teleportation, accept the invitation and seconds later you’ll find yourself standing on ABC Island, Next to an orange wolf with a blue mohawk and a t-shirt with the same wolf logo as on this page… yes that’s me, Wolfie Rankin.

From there, we’ll just have a friendly chat, and I’ll help to explain how things work in Secondlife.

If you like Secondlife, then you can come back at anytime to visit us, and you’ll learn more and more about how it works, and of course you could find some real friends who you may meet at some stage, face to face, in real life as I have.

I hope that your stay in virtual space will be a good one, all the best.

Wolfie!

BTW: If you have any questions at all, please ask below and I’ll try to answer as soon as possible.
you can also ask me on twitter at @Wolfie_Rankin or use the hashtag #ABCisland.

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