Here are snapshots of various new resident experience regions Linden Lab have rolled out over the years including the historical orientation islands and help islands. Historical snapshots below (SL beta – 2012) and feel free to share your new resident experience memories in comments. 🙂
Orientation Island Public – (SL Beta – 2012)
New Orientation Island – (2006-2008)
Help Island – (2006 – 2012)
Welcome Island Public – (April 2010 to 2012 )
SL Discovery Island Public (April 2010 to mid 2011)
Greeter Island – (November 2011 – January 2012)
New Destination Islands – (March 2012 – current experience)
What’s next ?
Today I created a new Flickr set called New Residents Regions if you are interested in viewing more snapshots of the New Resident Experience in Second Life. I joined TSL back in October 2006 and went though Orientation Island TG. When I reached the end I was teleported to the TG Welcome Area where I started my adventures as a young teenager.
Between 2005 – 2011 Teens had Orientation Island 5 (overflow region) & Orientation Island TG (active) plus two Teen Help Islands which were never used. The snapshot below I took on 31st May 2008 showing a busy Orientation Island 5. There were between 14-30 new teens at any one time going through these teen Orientation Islands. Today Orientation Island 5 and the two Teen Help Islands still remain on the grid today but teleport access has been disabled.