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Sex and disability seminar: another great success!

June 14, 2008

Yesterday’s seminar was a huge success! Very many thanks to our guest speaker Cory Silverberg (SL:SeeLee Markstein) and to all our audience for the very lively discussion that lasted more than two hours. More than 40 avatars visited the UOP Sexual Health SIM yesterday, including three Lindens (Pathfinder Linden, Phoenix Linden and Malbers Linden), and members of the GimpGirl Community and Virtual Ability. They spent more than 3040 visitor-minutes or >50 visitor-hours on the parcel (mostly during the seminar), as shown in the official Second Life traffic figure for the SIM today, 13 June 2008, which reflects yesterday’s usage (12 June 2008–second snapshot below).

Click the image below to launch the event’s video in HD (High Definition). This is a short 2-minute clip created by Maged 
(http://www.vimeo.com/1166607).

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Click above image to launch the HD video clip
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Yesterday’s official Traffic figure (3047 min = >50 hrs). Click to enlarge.

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Other news: New branch in Second Life and more outreach! Click to enlarge. Part of our content is now mirrored at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Upadhyaya/50/80/86 (you will be teleported nearby to the main hub and can then easily find us in The Arcade, a very short walk from the main hub). Very many thanks to the ‘Second Life HIV/AIDS Network Headquarters’ for donating the space at no charge.

Latest vistors’ stats (13 Mar 08 – 12 May 08)

May 12, 2008

Latest visitors’ stats

Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 130 Members as at 11 May 2008, including two admin members (the core project team).

As at 12 May 2008 (1:00 AM SLT time), our SIM received more than 3350 unique visitors / avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 2650 unique vistors on 12 March 2008 (12 Jul 07 – 12 Mar 08) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The highest peak concurrency figure was 24 avatars / visitors on 17 February 2008, followed by 16 visitors on 1 May 2008 (all figures not counting owner).

The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 275 days (12 Aug 07 – 11 May 08, owner minutes excluded) was >33350 minutes — that is >555 hours, of them >130 hours were spent in the past two months (12 Mar 08 – 11 May 08), including >28 hours spent on 1 May 2008 alone.

More than 200 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 12 May 2008 (all instances / responses counted, including incomplete ones).

Some of our blog stats follow below (10 Jul 07 – 11 May 08). Visitors from more than 70 countries have accessed this blog.

‘Sexual Purity and Healthy Relationships’ seminar: a big success!

May 2, 2008

Yesterday’s seminar was a big success! Very many thanks to our guest speakers, Fr Johann, Fr Joshua and Prebytera Anna, who have made this event possible, to GOARCH for the great ‘Sexual Purity and and Healthy Relationships’ video clip, which we were able to show part of in-world at the beginning of the seminar, and of course to all our audience yesterday, for their stimulating questions and thoughts, and the very lively discussion that lasted more than two hours. Special thanks also go to SL:Gentle Heron, who is a sex educator for people with disabilities, for bringing unique insight to the discussion yesterday. More than 25 avatars attended all or part of the seminar–the total number of unique avatars who have visited our SIM yesterday was >30. The total visitor-minutes on our parcel yesterday was 1690 or >28 hours, as shown in the offical Second Life parcel traffic figure this afternoon, reflecting all day yesterday (1 May 08)–the official visitor-minutes figure for the day before yesterday, i.e., 30 Apr 08, was 24 (see screenshot below). The 1st of May 08 figure of 1690 visitor-minutes is the highest figure our SIM has ever achieved in any single day since project launch in July 2007! More details and colour snapshots of the event will be posted in a follow-on post on this blog. Meanwhile, if you haven’t already done so, you can visit our SIM now and grab your free copy of the event’s goodies bag, which was offered to all participants yesterday; just touch the big pistachio ball located beside our “PowerPoint”/Video Viewer in-world to receive your copy.

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We will also be posting in due course access statistics of this blog you are reading now. So far visitors from more than 75 countries around the world have accessed content on this blog! Thank you all of you who are following us in-world and/or out-world for your continuing support and interest!

Intute in SL: guess what are the most popular terms and their source?!

April 5, 2008

Quoting http://www.intute.ac.uk/blog/2008/03/28/dispatches-
from-the-virtual-frontier/

“Intute’s search terminals continue to be popular. (…) There are 80+ distinct search terms captured in the database, the most popular of the user entered terms (ie, not just the default terms initially loaded into the terminal) are ‘STD’ and ’sexual health’ which come from the Plymouth University Sexual Health project in SL.

 Plymouth University Sexual Health Project
Read more at http://www.intute.ac.uk/blog/2008/03/28/
dispatches-from-the-virtual-frontier/

Second Life is a trademark of Linden Research, Inc.

Latest vistors’ stats (13 Feb 08 – 12 Mar 08)

March 12, 2008

Latest visitors’ stats

Our blog is still the first hit in Google for the keywords “sexual health” + “Second Life”. Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 128 Members as at 12 March 2008, up from 92 Members on 12 February 2008, 84 Members on 12 January 2008, and 80 Members on 14 December 2007 — figures include two admin members (the core project team).

Also as at 12 March 2008 (1:00 AM SLT time), our SIM received more than 2650 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 2170 unique vistors on 12 February 2008 (12 Jul 07 – 12 Feb 08), 1890 unique visitors on 12 January 2008 (12 Jul 07 – 12 Jan 08), and 1650 unique visitors on 13 December 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Dec 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The highest peak concurrency figure was 24 avatars/visitors on 17 February 2008, followed by 14 visitors on both 12 September 2007 and 13 December 2007 (all figures not counting owner).

The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 214 days (12 Aug 07 – 11 Mar 08, owner minutes excluded) was >25500 minutes — that is >425 hours, of them >95 hours were spent in the past month (12 Feb 08 – 11 Mar 08), (including >26 hours spent on 17 February 2008 alone), and >65 hours between 13 January 2008 and 11 February 2008.

More than 170 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 11 March 2008 (all instances/responses counted, including incomplete ones).

A century of Members!

February 19, 2008

Our in-world public Group now has more than 110 Members as at 19 February 2008, up from 92 Members on 12 February 2008. A big ‘thank you’ to all our audience/community and supporters in Second Life! Seems our latest seminar has resulted in some very strong ‘after-effects’! How amazing are the social dynamics of 3-D blended realities!

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However, our audience is not fully represented by/in this Group. We don’t put much emphasis/attention on the number of its Members (but still take it as a positive sign/metric), since the largest majority of our daily and seminar visitors (>95%) are not Members of this Group and, in many cases, cannot be, as Linden imposes a limit on the number of Groups an avatar can join (25). Groups are needed for building and for other land permissions, and for many other in-world transactions that cannot be done without joining a corresponding Group. So with the limited quota of 25, people have difficult choices and priorities to make in this respect.

‘Opening Up – A Guide for Women’ seminar: a huge success!

February 18, 2008

18 February 2008: Yesterday’s seminar entitled ‘Opening Up – A Guide for Women’, the third in our bimonthly sexual health seminar series, was a big success! Many thanks to our guest speaker SL:Jenn Twin from Canada, and to all those who have attended and contributed to the long chat with Jenn after the seminar.

Snapshots of the event are available at
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We chose a starting time that would suit both people in North America and those in Europe (7pm GMT). The seminar went very well. It lasted about an hour and half (one hour for the formal seminar, followed by half an hour of informal audience chatting with Jenn), and involved lots of audience-speaker and audience-audience interactivity/chatting.

About 41 unique avatars visted our SIM on the day of the seminar (17 February 2008). They spent in total more than 1600 minutes on our parcel (that’s >26 hours). Peak concurrency was 24 avatars during the time of the event, excluding the project’s team. This is our highest ever peak concurrency since project launch in July 2007. The event had a solid attendance, with most of the peak concurrency maintained (>20 avatars present) throughout almost the whole formal seminar duration (7-8pm GMT).

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Our Second Life official parcel Traffic figure on 18 February 2008 at 15:30 GMT, reflecting actual traffic/total visitors’ minutes on 17 February 2008, the day we had the ‘Opening Up – A Guide for Women’ event: 1687 visitor-minutes, the highest figure our SIM has ever achieved in any single day since project launch in July 2007! Also as at 17 February 2008, our in-world public Group now has 99 Members, up from 92 Members on 12 February 2008.

Latest vistors’ stats (13 Jan 08 – 12 Feb 08)

February 12, 2008

Latest visitors’ stats

Our blog is still the first hit in Google for the keywords “sexual health” + “Second Life”, and was also featured as a ‘rceommended resource’ in an article by Elisabeth Marrapodi (SL:Brielle Coronet) entitled ‘Get a Second Life’ that was published in the latest issue of National Network vol. 32 (3) January 2008 pp. 12-13.

Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 92 Members as at 12 February 2008, up from 84 Members on 12 January 2008, 80 Members on 14 December 2007, and 66 Members on 13 November 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team).

Also as at 12 February 2008 (1:00 AM SLT time), our SIM received more than 2170 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 1890 unique visitors on 12 January 2008 (12 Jul 07 – 12 Jan 08), 1650 unique visitors on 13 December 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Dec 07), and 1300 unique visitors on 13 November 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Nov 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The highest peak concurrency figure was 14 visitors on both 12 September 2007 and 13 December 2007 (all figures not counting owner).

The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 184 days (12 Aug 07 – 11 Feb 08, owner minutes excluded) was >19940 minutes — that is >330 hours, of them >65 hours were spent in the past month (13 Jan 08 – 11 Feb 08), and >50 hours between 14 December 2007 and 12 January 2008.

More than 150 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 11 February 2008.

Join our in-world group today

January 19, 2008

Direct link:
secondlife:///app/group/55909603-c4a1-ff83-a0e7-53f114f6398b/about

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Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 87 Members as at 21 January 2008. We regularly send information Notices and updates to our members (some of our latest Notices are shown above – Notices are archived for 30 days).

Latest vistors’ stats (14 Dec 07 – 13 Jan 08)

January 13, 2008

 Latest visitors’ stats
Our blog is now the first hit in Google for the keywords “sexual health” + “Second Life”. Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 84 Members as at 12 January 2008, up from 80 Members on 14 December 2007, 66 Members on 13 November 2007 and 25 Members on 12 August 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team). Also as at 12 January 2008 (end of the day, SLT time), our SIM received more than 1890 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 1650 unique visitors on 13 December 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Dec 07), 1300 unique visitors on 13 November 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Nov 07), 940 unique visitors on 13 October 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Oct 07), 590 unique visitors on 13 September 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Sep 07), and 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The highest peak concurrency figure was 14 visitors on both 12 September 2007 and 13 December 2007 (all figures not counting owner). The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 154 days (12 Aug 07 – 12 Jan 08, owner minutes excluded) was >15900 minutes — that is >265 hours, of them >50 hours were spent in the past 30 days (14 Dec 07 – 12 Jan 08), and >95 hours between 14 November 2007 and 13 December 2007 (including >20 hours on 13 Dec 07 alone)! More than 140 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 12 January 2008. (P.S. We had a nice Christmas tree and snow emitter in our SIM over the Christmas and New Year period.)

Latest visitors’ stats (monthly update)

December 14, 2007

Latest visitors’ stats

Our Technorati blog authority is now 26 (up from 21 on 14 November 2007, 16 on 14 September 2007 and 5 at the beginning of August 2007). Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 80 Members as at 14 December 2007, up from 66 Members on 13 November 2007 and 25 Members on 12 August 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team). Also as at 13 December 2007 (end of the day, SLT time), our SIM received more than 1650 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 1300 unique visitors on 13 November 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Nov 07), 940 unique visitors on 13 October 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Oct 07), 590 unique visitors on 13 September 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Sep 07), and 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The highest peak concurrency figure was 14 visitors (not counting owner) on 12 September 2007 and 13 December 2007, followed by 12 visitors on 6 December 2007, 11 visitors on 29 November 2007, and 7 visitors on 2 November 2007 (again, all figures not counting owner). The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 124 days (12 Aug 07 – 13 Dec 07, owner minutes excluded) was >12900 minutes — that is >215 hours, of them >95 hours were spent in the past 30 days (14 Nov 07 – 13 Dec 07, including >20 hours on 13 Dec 07 alone)! More than 130 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 13 December 2007. Our project has been presented at various in-world and out-world/local and international events and conferences, and even briefly featured in the sBMJ issue of Dec 07.

Family planning and contraceptives seminar: a big success!

December 14, 2007

14 December 2007: Yesterday’s seminar about family planning and contraceptives, the second in our bimonthly sexual health seminar series, was a real success! Many thanks to our guest speaker SL:Babette Hoobinoo, and to all those who have attended and contributed to the discussions during and after the seminar.

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Snapshots taken during the ‘Family planning and contraceptives’ seminar on 13 December 2007, 8-10pm GMT.

We tried a time that would suit both people in North America and those in Europe (8-10pm GMT). The seminar went well. It lasted about two hours and involved lots of audience-speaker and audience-audience interactivity: discussions, questions/answers, and even an avatar from the audience relating their personal experience with one of the contraceptive methods! We also had a quiz (a copy of the questions and answers is now available via the Notecard giver ball beside our PowerPoint display unit by the ocean).

About 33 unique avatars visted our SIM on the day of the seminar (13 December 2007). They spent in total more than 1200 minutes on our parcel (that’s >20 hours). Peak concurrency was 14 avatars during the time of the event.

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Our Second Life official parcel Traffic figure on 14 December 2007, reflecting actual traffic/total visitors’ minutes on 13 December 2007, the day we had the ‘Family planning and contraceptives’ event: 1276 up from 304 the day before.

Latest visitors’ stats

November 14, 2007

Latest visitors’ stats

Our Technorati blog authority is now 21 (up from 16 on 14 September 2007 and 5 at the beginning of August 2007). Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 66 Members as at 13 November 2007, up from 25 Members on 12 August 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team). Also as at 13 November 2007 (end of the day, SLT time), our SIM received more than 1300 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 940 unique visitors on 13 October 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Oct 07), 590 unique visitors on 13 September 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Sep 07), and 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The highest peak concurrency figure was 14 visitors (not counting owner) on 12 September 2007, followed by 7 visitors on 2 November 2007 (again, not counting owner). The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 94 days (12 Aug 07 – 13 Nov 07, owner minutes excluded) was >7300 minutes (that is >120 hours!). More than 110 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 13 November 2007.

Latest visitors’ stats and dissemination activities

October 15, 2007

Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 64 Members as at 13 October 2007, up from 25 Members on 12 August 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team). Also as at 13 October 2007 (end of the day, SLT time), our SIM received more than 940 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 590 unique visitors on 13 September 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 13 Sep 07), and from 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 63 days (12 Aug 07 – 13 Oct 07, owner minutes excluded) was >5200 minutes (that is >85 hours!), including >850 minutes on 12 September 2007 alone (the day we had the ‘Broken Wing’ Event). More than 100 avatars have so far taken our in-world survey as at 13 October 2007.

Maged’s avatar in Second LifeWe also carried out several dissemination activities over the past weeks, including presenting ‘A quick tour of the University of Plymouth’s Sexual Health Project in Second Life’ at the Rethinking Interprofessional Education and Development Conference, Plymouth, UK, on 8 October 2007 — Maged did a short PowerPoint about the 3-D Internet, plus a 15-minute LIVE tour of our SIM in Second Life, which was extremely well received by the audience (from all over the UK and also Canada). More dissemination activities are planned in the near future, so stay tuned.

‘Broken Wing, Learning to Fly’: a big success!

September 14, 2007

Machinima video date: 12-Sep-07 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKIIB1WTA4w

The ‘Broken Wing’ Event on 12 September 2007 was a real success! Many thanks to our guest speaker SL:Beacon Becloud, and to all those who have attended and contributed to the discussions during and after the seminar (about 20 avatars — peak was 14, and more than 10 stayed from start to end: 8-9 pm BST). (On the day of the event, 12 September 2007, our SIM received more than 40 unique visitors/avatars (peak unique visitors was 14), who spent >850 minutes on our land.)

To view clearer snapshots of the ‘Broken Wing’ Event held at the UOP Sexual Health SIM on 12 September 07 at 12:00 noon SLT/PDT (08:00 PM UK Time), please visit our Image Gallery Search page http://www.sl-sexualhealth.org.uk/gallery/search.php and search for: BrokenWing (type it as one word). Maged uploaded 20 full-screen snapshots he took during the event.

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Our Second Life official parcel Traffic on 13 September 2007 (reflecting actual traffic on 12 September 2007, the day we had the ‘Broken Wing’ event): 855, up from 95 on the day before!

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Our PR Newswire press release of 12 September 2007 (see: http://www.sluniverse.com/aw/Story.aspx?StoryID=96) was also displayed on all in-world PR Newswire kiosks around the Second Life Grid, including kiosks at the central plaza in Midnight City, Aqua, Kula 1, Hawthorne, Lukanida, Slackstreet, Isles of Intrigue2, Fusion Bay, Text 100 Island, Ruby–Ivanova, and many other locations.

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Promoting our SIM: A copy of our historical STDs posters kiosk and SIM landmark/URL giver is now on permanent display at Healthinfo Island (95, 152, 21). Many thanks to SL:Carolina Keats.

Latest stats: Our Technorati blog authority is now 16 (up from 5 at the beginning of August 2007). Our in-world public Group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 57 Members as at 13 September 2007, up from 25 Members on 12 August 2007 — figures include three admin members (the core project team), and, as at 13 September 2007 (end of the day, SLT time), our SIM received more than 590 unique visitors/avatars (all time) since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 33 days (12 Aug 07 – 13 Sep 07, owner minutes excluded) was >3000 minutes (that is >50 hours!), including >850 minutes on 12 September 2007 alone (the day we had the ‘Broken Wing’ Event).

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Our public Group in Second Life: 57 Members as at 13 September 2007.

For the latest news and resources about Second Life in Medicine and Health, please visit http://healthcybermap.org/sl.htm

A custom Intute search engine for our in-world visitors

August 24, 2007

24 August 2007: We have just installed a custom Intute search engine inside the glass building in our SIM (pictured below). The object was created and donated by SL:Csteph Submariner and lets the owner specify multiple search terms on a notecard inside it. We currently have four search terms specified, covering sexual health and related topics.

Intute is a free UK online service providing access to the very best Web resources for education and research. All material in the Intute database is evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists from a consortium of seven UK universities. ‘Intute: Health and Life Sciences’ is led by the University of Nottingham.

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Our custom Intute search engine retrieves quality search results from http://www.intute.ac.uk/ and displays them in-world.

Latest stats: Our Technorati blog authority is now 14 (up from 5 at the beginning of August 2007). Also our overview machinima clip has been watched 5,679 times during the first month after its posting on YouTube (25 Jul 07 – 24 Aug 07 noon BST). Our in-world public group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 42 members as at 24 August 2007 @ 13:00 BST (up from 25 members on 12 August 2007), and as at 23 August 2007, our SIM received more than 340 unique visitors/avatars since our initial launch on 12 July 2007, up from about 210 unique visitors on 11 August 2007 (12 Jul 07 – 11 Aug 07) — the corresponding figures with repeat visitors would be much higher. The total visitor-minutes spent on our land during the past 12 days (12 Aug 07 – 23 Aug 07, owner minutes excluded) was >850 minutes.

A new interactive STDs info kiosk / atlas with voice

August 12, 2007

12 August 2007: We now have a new interactive mulitmedia STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) info kiosk/atlas with voice (pictured below). It is located by the fountain, beside the blue ‘http’ cube in our SIM. Operating the new kiosk is very simple. Touch the <o> arrows to navigate the slides/topics; touch a slide to listen to associated voice narration (thanks to Microsoft Anna) or load associated material (PowerPoint quiz game or Web page). The aim of the new kiosk is to send a serious and strong message about STDs to young adults visiting our SIM. Happy learning!

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Our new interactive STDs info kiosk/atlas with voice narration. The pre-recorded voice files are stored on the Web outside Second Life to ensure faster access, and also to avoid playing them in-world, (which may annoy other visitors in our SIM), and give our visitors more individual control over voice clip playback without interference by others.

Other news: Our public group launched on 10 August 2007 now has 25 members as at 12 August 2007 @ 20:30 BST, including three admin members (the core project team). We have also installed a new advanced traffic monitor that can track repeat, as well as unique/new visitors, and provide us with useful statistics, including visitors per day, peak visitors and total time visiting (owner’s visits are not counted/monitored). The latter statistic (‘total time visiting’) can serve as a rough measure of visitors’ interest in/perceived utility of our SIM (see this related news item: [1]).

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

August 11, 2007

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.  

Ask Alice a question!

August 5, 2007

5 August 2007: Want to chat or ask a question but cannot find someone to talk to during your visit to our SIM? Alice, our new 24/7 in-house resident “expert” (pictured below), might be able to help you and also put a smile on your RL face! She never gets tired, but won’t allow you to repeat the same words over and over again. She will even direct you to some suitable Web sites if she is unable to fully understand your question/answer you!

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Ask Alice (our pseudo-intelligent chatbot) a question about contraception or STIs! Alice can be found 24/7 inside our glass building. Click her to hear a warm ‘Welcome’ in a female voice and then start chatting with her! Inset: Human help is also available using our new ‘online tracker’ gadget, which visitors can use to send us instant messages when we are in-world but not in our SIM.

Our ‘Alice chatterbot’ is intended to present some simple facts about contraception and STIs in a fun way, but cannot replace consultation with a real human expert. For best results, try including common keywords like ‘condom’ or ‘herpes’ in your questions, and only ask her simple questions, e.g., ‘What is…’ or ‘Tell me some info about…’ type of questions. (Her answers may sound silly or out of context sometimes, but at least will never harm you or offer you incorrect facts/info.)

Maged built this gadget using only one prim (plus L$20 to upload Alice’s picture and voice), and powered it by creating a modified version of SL:Dedric Mauriac’s public domain Eliza Chatbot script. (A second script is also included to play Alice’s sound when a user clicks the gadget.)

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We have also uploaded a few useful slides about the prevention of STIs into our in-world PowerPoint Viewer, which is located by the sea in our open-air seminar area. (Our 3-prim Slide Viewer object is a creation of SL:Eloise Pasteur and can be obtained from her in-world vendor at the ICT Library Shop.)

Our latest in-world visitor statistics show that we have had more than 160 unique visitors/avatars in the first three weeks after our initial launch, between 12 July 2007 and 4 August 2007 (the figure with repeat visitors would be much higher for the same period — the corresponding SL traffic figures for our SIM fluctuated up and down between 10 and >300 over the same three-week period; SL traffic calculation takes into account the length of visits), but our YouTube video has been viewed more than 1500 times between 25 July 2007 and 4 August 2007! Also during the same short period of about three weeks our blog’s Technorati Authority jumped from 0 to 5! (This blog entry describes a similar observation: “a SL presence has a ‘long tail of impact’ (including on the Web, outside SL) that’s measured in more than the number of avatars in any one place at any one point in time”.)

Automatic tracking of visitors’ interest in, and interaction details with, specific individual objects in our SIM would be more useful, though also technically much trickier to implement and sometimes not feasible, reliably or at all, with some object types/scenarios. But thanks to our in-world questionnaire tool we are still able to gain some insight about (some) users’ preferences/interest in, or dislike of, partcular objects or aspects of our SIM.

New screenshots – 12 July 2007

July 12, 2007
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Open-air seminar area with presentation/video screen (still under construction)
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Our glass building entrance – Video screen playing/streaming a programme about AIDS/HIV
Note our new water fountain (to the right)!
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Nice flowers!
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Laptop displaying a page from Contraception Education – clicking the laptop in-world will launch the corresponding Web page
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Taking a visitor survey in-world – user feedback is then sent via e-mail to the project team
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Teleport station to the new AIDS/HIV/STD display at HealthInfo Island – click cube (in-world) for teleport landmark (night view)
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Our new in-world noticeboard – click in-world to visit sl-sexualhealth.org.uk
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As at 12 July 2007 noon our traffic value has increased to 215 (up from 54 in above screenshot taken on 11 July 2007)! (This is a daily value that flactuates up and down.)

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Our new interactive EZ-Note Message Board (bought for L$100) – visitors can click in-world to leave a note. We also have a ‘visitor counter’ installed beside it to monitor land traffic.

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Another view of the glass building – when the video is playing it makes nice reflections on the glass walls.