I'm no expert, I'm no "helper" and everyone enjoys their virtual experience their own way. These are just a few tips based on my own experiences and observations.
1. Get help.
The learning curve in Second Life is huge. Worth it, but huge. Get help.
There are plenty of places and people from which or from whom to get help, but I'd advise you to spread it around. Some people log into Second Life, find a generous soul who helps them with a few basics and then latch onto them and bleed them dry of all good will. Helping new people when you have a hobby you love is a pleasure. Feeding a leech who turns your hobby into a grinding job is a special kind of hell. Don't be a thoughtless leech. Find multiple resources and spread your questions and requests around. Besides, I guarantee you there are some questions you are going to ask more than once and if you can ask it of multiple different people you will feel like less of a forgetful dork. Either that or people get fed up and bail before they even know what they are missing. Don't be that guy either.
Where can you get help? Good question. There are LOADS of places to get help. That and the payoff in terms of Second Life enjoyment make being a n00b worthwhile.
There are multiple forums offworld that include Resident members who have been in Second Life for 5 or more years. Many of those forums have Answers or Guide sections and people willing to give of their time and knowledge to answer questions for you. Start with the official Second Life forums and then try SLUniverse, the largest of the third-party forums. Branch out from there and you may even find a forum community you want to be a permanent part of, or at the very least, bookmark for the occasional question.
Youtube has video tutorials. Inworld clubs, groups, schools and volunteers have blogs. Lots of Second Life hobbyists and even Second Life professionals have blogs.
You should also check out the Second Life Wiki.
Here are some helpful links:
Here are some forum links:
There are GREAT Second Life tutorials on Youtube and beautiful Second Life machinima too.
There are also inworld help centers and help groups in Second Life with volunteers devoted to helping you through that big learning curve I mentioned.
Pull up the Search menu on your viewer and type in "Help" and see what comes up. You could also look for:
Help at Caledon Oxbridge University Community Gateway, Caledon Oxbridge (92, 197, 27) - General
Help Island Public, Help Island Public (119, 115, 26) - General
White Tiger Help & Learning Island. New Resident Services., Lawst Paradise (138, 18, 21) - General
NCI Dream Seeker New Citizens Incorporated - Help/Classes, NCI Dream Seeker (44, 198, 23) - General
The Shelter, Isabel (34, 226, 81) - Moderate
There, that should get you started.
White Tiger Help Island
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