Introduction to Second Life, Part 1

SLA/Click University

03 December 2009

Scott Brown
Member, SLA VW Council
Social Inf...
Agenda
   SLA Virtual Worlds Council
   Upcoming SLA virtual events
   Overview of virtual worlds and Second Life
   H...
SLA Virtual Worlds Council
   Appointed by President Gloria Zamora
   Created to recommend short and long-term direction...
Upcoming SLA Events in SL
   Library Buzz sessions
       Check for upcoming events in 2010:
        http://wiki.sla.org...
Why virtual worlds?
   Long-standing interest
       “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson
       Tron
   Interactive, socia...
Why virtual worlds?
http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=2092




                                            3
          ...
Webkinz



          8
Club Penguin

               9
10
Habbo




        11
Twinity




          12
HiPiHi




         13
Multiverse




             4
             14
Multiverse




             15
Protosphere




              15
Wonderland




             16
Quick Survey

   Do you have an avatar – in any world?




                                            6
What is Second Life?
   Internet-based 3D virtual environment created by Linden
    Labs
   Users have avatars (called “...
Environment




              19
Simulation




             20
Government agencies




                      21
Simulation




             22
Connect remote employees




                           23
Simulation




             24
Thomson Reuters




                  25
Active learning




                  26
15   27
Modeling




           28
Play with scale




                  29
US Federal government in virtual
worlds




                                   17
Why virtual worlds?
    Virtual worlds hold great potential for learning and for
     organizations – and it’s starting t...
Quick Survey


   Have you spent time in Second Life?




                                          31
How does Second Life work?
   Download Second Life's software package onto
    your computer
    ◦   Currently clients fo...
How does Second Life work?
   Must have a fairly powerful computer and
    connection
    ◦   Windows XP 2000, XP, or Vis...
Once you’re in…
   Communicate by instant messaging
       Voice available; you will need a headset
   Move through Sec...
True-to-life Avatars




                       35
“Furry” Avatars




                  36
37
SLA campus




             27
              38
Janice & Gloria in Second Life!




                                  39
                                       3
Library Buzz sessions




                   40
Quick Survey
   If you have a Second Life avatar, what is your
    Second Life name?


   If you don’t – what would you ...
Getting ready to meet in-world
   Download the software at secondlife.com
   Create your avatar
    ◦   http://join.seco...
Getting ready to meet in-world
   Register for ClickU’s Part 2 session
    ◦   This is how we’ll send you information on ...
Second Life, Part 2 session
Remember to get your avatar before registering!
Last one of the year!
   Second Life: an intr...
Upcoming SLA Events in SL
   Library Buzz sessions
       Check for upcoming events in 2010:
        http://wiki.sla.org...
Thank you!



Cindy Hill (aka Sydney Delphin)   Scott Brown (aka Steven Source)
    Chair, SLA VW Council            Membe...
Resources: SLA in Second Life
   SLA Second Life wiki
       http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Home
   SLA in S...
Resources: Second Life
   Second Life system requirements
        http://secondlife.com/support/sysreqs.php
   "The Mis...
Resources: Islands in SL
   Cybrary City II (SLA area in SL)
       http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City%20II/59/1...
Resources: Groups, listservs,
             newsletters, etc.
   The Immersive Internet: Make Tactical
    Moves Today For...
Walking around
• Use the arrow keys to move your avatar
• Pressing Ctrl-R (Cmd-R on a Mac) toggles
running instead of walk...
Flying
Press the Fly button to start flying and Stop
Flying to land



Use the “E” key to go higher & the “C” key to
move ...
Sitting
Select the object you'd like to sit on and right-
click it (On Mac, select Cmd-click)
If the object can be sat upo...
Mini-map
The Mini-Map is a small panel that shows
your present location and where other
avatars are currently located, if ...
Searching for places and other things
The search button on the bottom of your viewer
opens the Search Dialog
You can searc...
Making friends
In Second Life, your friends are avatars you have
connected with and agreed to friendship.
To add someone a...
Friends
  Friends are added to the Contact Lists “Friends”
the World Map Dialog
  tab on the Communicate Dialog




      ...
Friends
  Friends are added to the Contact Lists “Friends”
the World Map Dialog
  tab on the Communicate Dialog




      ...
Communicating: Local Chat
Local chat is an “open channel” to everyone within
a 20 meter radius of your present location.
Y...
Profiles
Your profile contains information about your
avatar.
To open your profile either:
   Right-click your avatar and ...
Example profile
      2nd Life – About your avatar
      Web – Favorite web sites
      Interests – Topics in SL the inter...
Image credits




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  1. 1. Introduction to Second Life, Part 1 SLA/Click University 03 December 2009 Scott Brown Member, SLA VW Council Social Information Group Cindy Hill Chair, SLA VW Council Hill Information Consulting Group 1
  2. 2. Agenda  SLA Virtual Worlds Council  Upcoming SLA virtual events  Overview of virtual worlds and Second Life  How to get started in Second Life  Information for Part 2 – let’s meet in-world!  Resources & more detail in the slide set 2
  3. 3. SLA Virtual Worlds Council  Appointed by President Gloria Zamora  Created to recommend short and long-term direction for SLA’s presence as an association in virtual worlds  Develop and promote opportunities for members to learn more about virtual worlds  Learn more at http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/sla_in_second_life/ 3
  4. 4. Upcoming SLA Events in SL  Library Buzz sessions  Check for upcoming events in 2010: http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Upcoming+Events  SLA Leadership Summit Highlights  Feb 2, 4 and 10, 2010: Anne Caputo and Janice Lachance  Possible SLA Annual Conference sessions in June 7
  5. 5. Why virtual worlds?  Long-standing interest  “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson  Tron  Interactive, social environment  “Next web”?  New and emerging technologies 4
  6. 6. Why virtual worlds? http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=2092 3 5
  7. 7. Webkinz 8
  8. 8. Club Penguin 9
  9. 9. 10
  10. 10. Habbo 11
  11. 11. Twinity 12
  12. 12. HiPiHi 13
  13. 13. Multiverse 4 14
  14. 14. Multiverse 15
  15. 15. Protosphere 15
  16. 16. Wonderland 16
  17. 17. Quick Survey  Do you have an avatar – in any world? 6
  18. 18. What is Second Life?  Internet-based 3D virtual environment created by Linden Labs  Users have avatars (called “Residents” within the universe) and can explore, learn, socialize, conduct business, participate in individual and group activities  Linden Labs only provides the infrastructure; the entire contents are created and owned by its residents  Second Life is not a game – unlike some virtual worlds 18
  19. 19. Environment 19
  20. 20. Simulation 20
  21. 21. Government agencies 21
  22. 22. Simulation 22
  23. 23. Connect remote employees 23
  24. 24. Simulation 24
  25. 25. Thomson Reuters 25
  26. 26. Active learning 26
  27. 27. 15 27
  28. 28. Modeling 28
  29. 29. Play with scale 29
  30. 30. US Federal government in virtual worlds 17
  31. 31. Why virtual worlds?  Virtual worlds hold great potential for learning and for organizations – and it’s starting to emerge ◦ Education, collaboration, eco-responsibility, global reach  These environments are: ◦ Generally non-threatening ◦ Great ways to enhance and encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration ◦ Very dynamic and engaging – “just like being there” ◦ High-touch  Conversations can be more open and honest  Community can develop at a rapid rate 30
  32. 32. Quick Survey  Have you spent time in Second Life? 31
  33. 33. How does Second Life work?  Download Second Life's software package onto your computer ◦ Currently clients for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux & Solaris x86 ◦ Launch SL software and log in there – not on secondlife.com  Create your avatar ◦ http://join.secondlife.com  Must have a broadband Internet connection of some sort ◦ Cable, DSL, etc. - Dialup will not work 32
  34. 34. How does Second Life work?  Must have a fairly powerful computer and connection ◦ Windows XP 2000, XP, or Vista ◦ 800MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better; 256MB memory or better; nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better video card ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better ◦ For Mac, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better; 1 GHz G4 or better; 512MB memory or better ◦ Linux system requirements also available on Second Life site These are MINIMUM requirements; RECOMMEND even more power than this See http://secondlife.com/corporate/sysreqs.php for full requirements 33
  35. 35. Once you’re in…  Communicate by instant messaging  Voice available; you will need a headset  Move through Second Life by using your arrow keys, fly and teleport to different locations 34
  36. 36. True-to-life Avatars 35
  37. 37. “Furry” Avatars 36
  38. 38. 37
  39. 39. SLA campus 27 38
  40. 40. Janice & Gloria in Second Life! 39 3
  41. 41. Library Buzz sessions 40
  42. 42. Quick Survey  If you have a Second Life avatar, what is your Second Life name?  If you don’t – what would you choose for a first name? 41
  43. 43. Getting ready to meet in-world  Download the software at secondlife.com  Create your avatar ◦ http://join.secondlife.com ◦ Create your basic look: gender, skin color ◦ Choose a name ◦ You get to choose your first name ◦ Choose your last name from a pre-determined list ◦ May register one avatar per email for no charge 42
  44. 44. Getting ready to meet in-world  Register for ClickU’s Part 2 session ◦ This is how we’ll send you information on meeting in- world  Get in-world and play around – a lot – before the session ◦ Launch SL software and log in there – not on secondlife.com ◦ Second Life takes getting used ◦ Walk by using arrow keys on keyboard ◦ Fly by clicking on “Fly” button (click again to stop flying) ◦ Teleport by searching for places and clicking “Teleport” button 43
  45. 45. Second Life, Part 2 session Remember to get your avatar before registering! Last one of the year!  Second Life: an introduction, part 2: Registration – Thursday, December 10, 2009, 8am PT http://www.sla.org/content/learn/members/webinars/webinarreg/secondlife1110.cfm 44
  46. 46. Upcoming SLA Events in SL  Library Buzz sessions  Check for upcoming events in 2010: http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Upcoming+Events  SLA Leadership Summit Highlights  Feb 2, 4 and 10, 2010: Anne Caputo and Janice Lachance  Possible SLA Annual Conference sessions in June 7
  47. 47. Thank you! Cindy Hill (aka Sydney Delphin) Scott Brown (aka Steven Source) Chair, SLA VW Council Member, SLA VW Council Hill Information Consulting Social Information Group Group scott_r_brown@comcast.net cindyvhill@yahoo.com 45
  48. 48. Resources: SLA in Second Life  SLA Second Life wiki  http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Home  SLA in Second Life blog  http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/sla_in_second_life  SLA in Second Life: Google Calendar  http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=slasecondlifecalendar%40gmail.com 46
  49. 49. Resources: Second Life  Second Life system requirements  http://secondlife.com/support/sysreqs.php  "The Mission of Linden Lab" by Philip Linden  http://blog.secondlife.com/2006/11/06/the-mission-of-linden-lab/  Build your own SLURL (Second Life URL)  http://slurl.com/build.php  “Second Life for Business: Ten Techniques”, FUMSI, October 2008  http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/use/3326 47
  50. 50. Resources: Islands in SL  Cybrary City II (SLA area in SL)  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City%20II/59/100/22/  Alliance Virtual Library: Info Island  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/128/128/33/  ALA Island  http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/127/102/29/  Virtual Ability 48
  51. 51. Resources: Groups, listservs, newsletters, etc.  The Immersive Internet: Make Tactical Moves Today For Strategic Advantage Tomorrow - ThinkBalm  http://thinkbalm.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/thinkbalm- immersive-internet-report-nov-20084.pdf  Virtual Worlds News  http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/  Clever Zebra: events, news, etc.  http://cleverzebra.com/list 49
  52. 52. Walking around • Use the arrow keys to move your avatar • Pressing Ctrl-R (Cmd-R on a Mac) toggles running instead of walking • Pressing Shift-Left Arrow or Shift-Right Arrow moves the avatar from side to side • You can also enable the Movement Controls using View → Movement Controls to help move your avatar. 50
  53. 53. Flying Press the Fly button to start flying and Stop Flying to land Use the “E” key to go higher & the “C” key to move lower and the arrow keys to adjust direction. You can also use “Page up” and “Page Down” 51
  54. 54. Sitting Select the object you'd like to sit on and right- click it (On Mac, select Cmd-click) If the object can be sat upon, Sit will appear in the pie menu To stand, click “Stand up” 52
  55. 55. Mini-map The Mini-Map is a small panel that shows your present location and where other avatars are currently located, if they are close by. the World Map Dialog 53
  56. 56. Searching for places and other things The search button on the bottom of your viewer opens the Search Dialog You can search for: Classifieds – things for sale Events – training, concerts, shows public meetings, etc Showcase - highlights some of the best in-world locations and resident creations Land sales – real estate for sale or rent Places – land whose owner allows searchable listings People – avatars with public listing (a profile option) Groups – groups that allow their listing in Search the World Map Dialog 54
  57. 57. Making friends In Second Life, your friends are avatars you have connected with and agreed to friendship. To add someone as your friend, Right-Click their avatar and select Add Friend. If they agree, they are added to your contacts list as Friends. the World Map Dialog 55
  58. 58. Friends Friends are added to the Contact Lists “Friends” the World Map Dialog tab on the Communicate Dialog 56
  59. 59. Friends Friends are added to the Contact Lists “Friends” the World Map Dialog tab on the Communicate Dialog 57
  60. 60. Communicating: Local Chat Local chat is an “open channel” to everyone within a 20 meter radius of your present location. You can “shout” in local chat to reach avatars within a 100 meter radius. To say something in chat type your chat in the text box provided in the Local Chat tab or Send the chat by pressing Return 58
  61. 61. Profiles Your profile contains information about your avatar. To open your profile either: Right-click your avatar and select Profile or Select Edit → Profile from the menu To open another avatar's profile simply right-click their avatar and select Profile 59
  62. 62. Example profile 2nd Life – About your avatar Web – Favorite web sites Interests – Topics in SL the interest you Picks – Favorite places in SL Classified – Things you have for sale 1st Life – your real life profile My Notes – private notes you want to record about this avatar – these are notes linked to any avatar's profile but only accessible by you 60
  63. 63. Image credits 61
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