They are arriving, looking dazed, bumping into each, very confused, anxious and curious. Who are they, they are the newbies, the avatars who have suddenly been transported into SL London from Help Island. The Gateway is open and for the first time all those people who join Second Life from real life London will find their first proper SL location is our very own virtual capital.
The SL London residents have been very helpful, especially Clive the gator who has spent a great deal of time talking to the newbies and giving them a helping paw where he can.
Hibiscus and I went over last night to see what was happening. Hibiscus had met a couple of newbies who had got as far as Chelsea and I had met one who had found Kensington and was exploring our very own DM> offices. Hib and I headed over to Knightsbridge where the brand new avatars were arriving.
A lot of them seem to have pre-conceived ideas and are quite amazed that there is actually a structured society in SL. All the usual questions are asked, ‘what do I do now?’ ‘how do I play this game?’ ‘how do I make money?’ We answered as best we could and gave them some sites to get free items and clothes.
There has been some bad publicity in the press about SL for the last week or so in respect of a couple who are getting divorced because of the husband’s infidelity in SL. Some newspapers have painted SL as a bit of a vice den and this has only boosted the number of people joining who are curious to find out what is going on. So you do get quite a few newbies who introduce themselves to you with what they consider to be a chat up line, hoping to experience some sort of romance or shady virtual pleasure. No doubt they will settle down, most of them are amazed at how near real life the experience is (with all the everyday things, not the red light district stuff!).
The London team welcome all the new avatars and give them all the help and advice possible. It’s not easy being new and it takes a few days to get used to things, but SL London is a great place to come into, it's home from home. Lets hope all the novice avatars feel happy with their new Second Lives.