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Friends and how to make them

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This taken from the SLED guide to Second Life



Giving and Receiving Calling Cards


What do you do when you meet someone interesting and want to keep in touch? You exchange phone numbers or email addresses or business cards. In Second Life you exchange Calling Cards.


Calling cards help to keep a quick contact list of residents you've met and may want to get in touch with later.

First, you will learn how to give someone your calling card. Then, you will learn how to find calling cards people have given you.



Step 1: Giving someone your Calling Card

To give someone your calling card, they need to be located nearby. R-click (Cmd-click) on them. A pie menu will appear. Choose More. In the second pie menu that appears, choose Give Card. The other avatar will see a window with an option to Accept or Decline your offer. If accepted, then your calling card will be added to their Inventory. Try this now: Give your calling card to someone nearby. (If you are alone, find someone!) Ask someone to give you their calling card. (You may need to tell them how!)

Step 2: Finding a Calling Card from someone else

Open your Inventory and navigate to a folder in My Inventory named Calling Cards. Inventory > My Inventory > Calling Cards Click once on the arrow to open and view all your calling cards. Double-click on a calling card to open and view. Try this now: Open the Calling Card folder in My Inventory and view a calling card.

Action Plan

Now you do it.


Calling cards are a wonderful way to remember folks you have met. In Second Life, as in real life, some people choose to make friends more slowly. However, most people will be more than happy to give you their calling card. Try asking folks you meet for their calling cards. Having that information will help you remember those contacts later.

Inviting and Declining Friendship


Second Life allows you to keep track of all your friends. You can start with exchanging calling cards and then become friends - or you can become friends right away. In either case, Second Life gives you the option to maintain a special friend list that you can add people to.


In this mission you will learn how to add a friend and view your friend list.



Step 1: Add Friend

Right-click on an avatar and select Add Friend from the pie menu. The other person has the option to Accept or Decline your offer. If the person accepts then he or she gets added to your friend list and calling cards are automatically exchanged.

Step 2: Accept Friendship

When someone offers you friendship, you have the choice to Accept or Decline. Click on Accept to add the person to your friend list or click on Decline if you want to reject the offer.

Step 3: View Friends

Click on the blue Communicate button at the bottom of your screen and then the Friends tab in the window to see the list of people who have agreed to be your friend in Second Life.

Step 4: Calling Cards

You can also find their calling card in your inventory.

Action Plan


Friends can really help you learn Second Life skills much faster. Add a friend to your friend list. Then, find the calling card of your new friend in your inventory.

Friendship Permissions


Friends are great! But sometimes, you may want a bit of alone time to work on a project. On the other hand, sometimes you might want to have friends around all the time as you work together to create something fantastic. Fortunately, Second Life allows you to assign privileges to your friends that will help you do those very things.


In this mission, you will learn how to manage your friends' ability to see you on a map and know when you are logged in. You will also be able to let a friend actually modify items that you create.



Step 1: Exploring the Communicate window

Click on the Communicate button at the bottom of your screen and select the Friends tab. You will see a list of your friends. Friends that are currently logged into Second Life are in bold. You will also see icons indicating what privileges you have given them.

Means they can see when you are logged into Second Life.
Means they can see your location on the map.
Means they can modify and change anything you have built.
Means someone has given you modifying privileges.

Step 2: Assigning privileges

To select privileges for someone, click once on their name to highlight Then check the boxes at the bottom of the window. If you later change your mind, you can go back anytime to check or uncheck options. Try this now: Select a friend and assign them privileges.

Action Plan


Go through your friends list and assign privileges for each one.

Sending A Friendship Invitation


Sometimes we only hear about someone we would like to be friend with. In Second Life, you can offer friendship without the other person being right in front of you.


The Friendship window allows you to search for someone and invite them to be your friend. Let's learn how. v2.4.2 Practice TRY THIS:

Step 1: Add a friend

With the Friends tab selected in the Communicate window, click the Add button on the right side. There are two ways you can search for a new friend to invite.

Step 2: Searching by name

If you know at least part of someone's name, you can enter it in the search bar at the top. All residents matching your search will be shown. To offer your friendship, click on someone's name and choose the Select button at the bottom of the window.

Step 3: Searching by calling card

If you already have someone's calling card, you can click on it and choose the Select button the same way. Try this now:

Use the search feature or calling card feature to find someone to befriend. They do not need to be located near you to receive an invitation. If they are not currently logged in, your invitation will be delivered the next time they log on to Second Life.

Action Plan


People are partly defined by the people they befriend - and by those they chose not to befriend. Sometimes, those may be wise choices. Other times, we tend to exclude people for less than noble reasons. In fact, sometimes we may exclude people in an unkind way. In Second Life, you have the opportunity to expand your circle of friends and interact safely. Here is your challenge: Befriend someone you probably would not spend time with in your real life. Make an honest attempt to get to know them and find common activities and things to talk about.


Reflect on your new friendship. What made you choose this person? What did you learn about him or her? Did you learn anything about yourself in the process? If you have access to a blog, write about your experience. Please be sensitive to the other person and decide if it makes sense to mention him or her by name.

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