Ok, so I bought some land in Second Life and dropped one of those free homes on the land. However, the Tubular model that I picked up on Help Island doesn't suit me and I wouldn't want to entertain any clients in it. So, I started shopping and it wasn't as smooth as I thought it might be, but I found a great home/office and placed it in the clouds. However, before I show off my new digs, I thought you'd like to see the process I went through to find it.
- First I hit the popular places link in search, but neglected to uncheck the box that said include mature content. What I found was the screen shot to the right of mostly gambling and gentlemen clubs. Unchecking the box was a little more useful because the clubs were replaced with newbie places.
- I warped to New Citizens Incorporated via the non-mature popular places link and it is worth its weight in Prims. There was a great screen in the beginning that offered tips on buying land and fixing the lag. Yes, I wrote fixing the lag in Second Life. NCI is definitely a must-visit for newbies.
- Ok, so now I hit the classifieds link and searched for homes and had a huge list to go through. So, I just started visiting places to see what they had to offer. I stayed away from places with a long lag because there was so many to visit I had to eliminate them somehow.
- While visiting a few places I realized that there are three variables you need to be worried about when it comes to buying a home: the shape of your plot, the size of land, and how many Prims you can hold. I have 512 sq. m, 117 Prims, and the dimensions are rectangle so I wanted the door on the short side. Plus, then you have to worry about the cost so choose wisely. It is buying beware with no refunds.
- The Prims became an important issue for me because I wanted a low Prim but well designed home. Think of Prims as K-size on the Second Life server.
- After visiting a ton of places, I settled on a home found in Sky Dreams (Federal 182, 209,31). The prims were light, I got a fireplace and a hot tub, plus I could modify the home. Modification was another key so I can put up walls and change the appearance. The home cost me L$600.
- Now that I found my home, I needed to place it on my land, but I ran into an issue there. First, my "neighbor" put up an ugly stone wall up and then the rest of the area around me has other unsightly buildings. So, what's an Avatar to do? Take to the sky.
- That's right my Sky Dreams home is build for being up in the sky so I change my Z coordinate and put it up at the cloud layer. One other tip I learned when you buy land is, you also own the air space above your land up to 768m. Now I have a professional home in the sky....
Sure, it may not be friendly being up in the sky, but I always have a good view and could hold some meetings there. Now all I need is some conference equipment and some furniture.
I know some of you think I am crazy, but I can see a need especially for virtual meetings and presentations. With broadband access in the home and a greater use of social networking, I can see SecondLife becoming important in the B2B world especially for work at homes and telecommuters. I put a link to teleport to my office under my favorite links section on the right margin. Of course, you need to have SL to visit...