As I have been thinking about ‘what do you need to know’ to be ‘competent’ in SL – it occurred to me to remind people to use their profiles! In my very early days in SL I was a little hesitant to click on someone to view their profile – somehow it seemed like an invasion of their privacy! – but I have long since realised that a) no one knows if you click on their profile (they don’t feel it! honest!) and b) people only put in their profile the things that they are happy for you to read!
I have also learned that it is a VERY useful way of finding new places (check out people’s PICKs),
finding out the LM for their shop(s) (check out their Classified), finding new groups (just double click on a group name in a persons profile for more info on that group) and occasionally interesting web pages and bits about them in Real Life (Click on 1st life). It is also an interesting way of discovering about the different online identities that people have and sometime who their friends are!
BUT imho the most useful tab of all on anyone’s profile is the My Notes tab – here you can write notes to yourself about the person – real name, email address, what they are interested in – where you met them etc etc and it is all totally PRIVATE – you are the only person who can read what you have put in the My Notes page! I use it all the time to keep track of all the different people I have met for the first time in SL – I find it the most useful way of keeping notes in SL about people.
And while we are on the subject of profiles – have you looked at your own recently? The more info you put in your profile the more chance there is that others will be able to see what you have in common! And don’t forget photos – SL or RL. Next time you are in SL, have an explore of your profile – and of the other people you meet!