Join our new in-world public group (L$0)

10 August 2007: Designing a proper 3-D virtual world service in Second Life presents a social engineering challenge. As Kemp [1] stresses, this is not (just) one of ‘technology and scripting’ but of ‘community scaffolds’. Second Life is part of the Web 2.0 movement, which is all about people and online communities/social networks [2,3].

Second Life is a unique and rich 3-D social networking experience. It allows people from all over the world to meet, share objects and collaborate in many novel ways, using a comprehensive and well-integrated suite of asynchronous and synchronous multimodal communication tools. One of these powerful social networking/ communication tools is the ‘Groups’ functionality in Second Life.

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Our public in-world ‘Sexual Health SIM’ group. Joining this group is FREE (L$0) and open to anyone in Second Life. Note our new ‘Touch to join our Group’ ball inside our glass building.

We have now created a new in-world public ‘Sexual Health SIM’ group (pictured above) for young adults and health educators interested in our subject. (Creating a new group in Second Life costs L$100. This is our second group; we have another private/closed group limited to the project’s core team and tied to our land, which we created at the start of the project to enable us to collaboratively create and edit objects on our parcel.)

It is hoped that our new public group and communication channel, and the material/info and forthcoming event notifications that will be exchanged through it, will grow to attract and accommodate dozens or even hundreds of users and supporters over the course of the project. The group has been set so that all members can:

  • Invite others/friends to join the group;
  • Join Calls/Send group IMs (Instant Messages/group chat that can reach all group members, irrespective of their locations in-world, with a single click — we will be closely monitoring this functionality for any abuse/spam and will eject abusers from the group);
  • Receive Notices and view past Notices; and
  • Vote on Proposals.

The new group charter reads as follows:

An open group/communication forum dedicated to ‘Sexual Health’ public education and outreach in Second Life.

Web: http://sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/
SLurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Education%20UK/33/63/22

The group covers Sexual Health topics like Sexually Transmitted Infections and Contraception. Joining this group is FREE!

The group is branded with the University of Plymouth logo. You can find the group and join it in-world, if you search for Groups and type in ‘Sexual Health SIM’. Visitors to our SIM can also request to join the group by simply touching the ‘white ball with the University of Plymouth logo’ inside our glass building (the new ball is also pictured above).

Our latest in-world visitor statistics show that we have had more than 210 unique visitors/avatars in the first four weeks after our initial launch, between 12 July 2007 and 10 August 2007, up from about 160 unique visitors on 4 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 4 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher.  

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5 Responses to “Join our new in-world public group (L$0)”

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    […] message about human papillomavirus (HPV) sent to our public group members on 19 September 2007. Members can view past Notices and Attachments as shown […]

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