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How to Meet the Person of Your Dreams on Second Life

Updated on May 4, 2012

Popular Chat Acronyms

ALT - Alternative Account

AO - Animation Override

AV - Avatar

LM - Land Mark

SL - Second Life

RL - Real Life

TP - Teleport

Where to Begin

Second Life is a virtual world where you have the opportunity to create your own second life, doing all the things you're unable to do in the real world. Home to over six-million residents, Second Life is free to join with a basic account. If you are over 18 years old, you are welcome to signup.

Create a Second Life account now by going to www.secondlife.com/join and choosing your screen name and starter avatar. After you have created your account, you will need to download the Second Life viewer found at www.secondlife.com/downloads. Complete the installation, launch the viewer, and login using your new account settings.

When you first arrive in-world you will be teleported to Orientation Island where you will undergo a series of training exercises to develop your movement in the Second Life world. Your avatar will be kitted out with the standard Second Life inventory, including a small selection of clothing. Take this time to explore your inventory and acquaint yourself with all the features within your viewer. The more familiar you are with how your avatar can move, the better.

Create an Attractive Avatar

Whether you want to create an avatar in your own likeness or one that will fulfill your greatest fantasy, Second Life offers the ultimate resources for customization. You can adapt your shape, size, skin, hair, eyes, clothing, and even body movements of your avatar. You only limited by your imagination - and in-world funds.

There are thousands of unique resident-owned shops around the Second Life world. Whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find it, but it comes at a cost. You can exchange $USD for Second Life $Linden by using your credit card or Paypal account. This is required for all purchases made in Second Life. Once you have topped up your account, you're ready to shop!

Many "newbies" ask if it is necessary to buy items for their avatar.  There is no requirement to purchase anything in Second Life, however, you will be taken more seriously by residents if you do.  Everyone wants to create the best looking avatar and this is only possible by purchasing the necessary attachments and accessories.

Here's a list of shops to help you on your way:

  • Armidi
  • Artilleri
  • LeLutka Skins
  • Luth
  • Maitreya
  • Mimikri Couture
  • Paper Couture
  • Shiny Things
  • Truth

Tip

Don't be shy to strike up a conversation with someone in world. You can start out by sending a PM (Private Message) to get the conversation rolling.

Check out their profile by right clicking their avatar and go to Profile for ideas on what to talk about.  Be sure to fill in your profile to attract the right kind of person you're looking for.  

Discover New Worlds & People

Knowing where to meet the right people is important in finding your potential love. There are millions of places to visit in Second Life, depending on who or what you are looking for. From dancing, to roleplaying, to lazing on a beach, there is a romantic setting for you.

Popular places to meet people include:

  • Clubs and bars
  • Parties and events
  • Coffee Houses
  • Niche interest regions
  • Adult communities
  • Dating agencies
You can find ideas for places via the Second Life destination guide by visiting http://secondlife.com/destinations.

Best Date Locations

Once you meet that special someone, you'll want to spend more time with them in-world and find new and exciting places to discover together. There are millions of places to visit in Second Life - in all depends on what you're in the mood for. Here are some fun places for you to try:

New Brighton Pier

Have a stroll down New Brighton Pier or rent a bike, scooter, helicopter or hot air balloon. Enjoy the sun, sea and fresh air while in the arms of your loved one.

Inspire Space Park

Ever wanted to visit space? Blast off and float amongst the stars at the Inspire Space Park, and explore new and distant worlds together.

Prim Hearts Amusement Park

Become a kid again by visiting the Prim Hearts Amusement Park with rollercoasters, go-karting, water slides and much more.

The Wheatfield (The Far Away)

Discover one of Second Life's most peaceful and wondrous locations, in AM Radio's The Far Away Wheatfield. Frolic through the field or sit and gaze at the stars.

Mont Saint Michel

A model of the French Abbey, Mont Saint Michel, is a breathtaking example of Second Life architecture.  Walk along its cobbled streets and take in the view along the coast of this tiny island.

Mexico

Created by the Mexican Tourist Board, this sim displays replicas of the Mayan Ruins. Travel by horseback throughout the area or relax amongst the rainforest.

Artemisia

Visit the Artemisia island with its giant tree house music venue, and an undersea park surrounding the island, botanical gardens, public art, and curiosities hidden in every corner.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Head to Paris for a romantic getaway to visit the world's most famous Parisian landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower.  It's very likeness will astound you.

The Next Step

Now that you've found your virtual other half, you'll want to take the next step.  Commitment to some people in Second Life is as real as a relationship in the real world.  You can offer to make your relationship official by sealing the deal and becoming committed partners.  You can make the offer by visiting www.secondlife.com, login to your account, go to partners, pay L$25, and propose to your love.  Some residents even top off the occasion with virtual wedding and reception.  

After partnering, some choose to invest in a virtual home, filled with all the keepsakes that you find on your travels.  A great many others have taken the leap, stepped away from the computer, and met their partners in the real world.  However you choose to live out your Second Life is up to you.  The possibilities are endless.

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