Community: Frequently Asked Questions
How do I meet people and make friends?
Want to get social? You have plenty of options. Check out the New Resident areas like Help Island or New Citizens Incorporated. There are always lots of newbies and veterans hanging out, meeting other Residents, and building together. Another option is searching for Groups that share your interest. Click on the Search button and then on the Groups tab to find likeminded friends. You can also check the Event Calendar and choose an event that would interest you- then head on over!
What can I do with friends?
Once you have friends you can explore the world of Second Life, attend Events, join Groups, build together or just hang out at one of the many hotspots in SL.
How do I express myself in Second Life?
If you're talking verbal expression, Second Life has you covered. You can talk to any nearby avatars by typing messages in the Local Chat box. Talk to any friends in SL no matter where they are, using the IM option. You can also activate Voice Chat with the click of a button. To express yourself artistically, use our creative building and design tools to create something, or else shop for the latest gear and fashions to create your own personal style.
What are Groups?
Second Life Groups are communities of Residents who share an interest. There are hundreds of groups in Second Life- from fashionistas to roleplayers to book clubs. Group members can communicate easily with each other, have virtual land together, and set dates to meet up. Other Residents can see what groups you're in by checking out your profile.
How do I attend or post an event?
To post an event, go to the Community: Events page and click on Add Event at the top of the listings. This will add it both to the web page and also inside the Second Life Event Calendar. To attend an event, find it in the Event Calendar and click on its location. You will be given the option to get sent there immediately. Though most events are free, a few of them charge nominal fees.
How do I use the forums?
You can find the Second Life forums here, but you'll need to create a Second Life account before you can access them. Once on the forums, use them as you would any online forums. Feel free to post a new topic, browse posts in any topic, or reply to a post. The forums are a great way to check out what has Residents buzzing.
How do I find out more about other users?
You can find out more about any Second Life Resident by checking out their profile. A profile will always show the resident's name, their Second Life "age" and account type. Usually they'll have also filled out their bio, an avatar photo, a link to their website, and sometimes their real world photo and interests. Fill yours out and let others know who is behind the avatar!