This week Linden Lab has added two new regions called Social Island and Learning Island for new users signing up to Second Life. The former Destination Islands and Welcome Islands are no longer on the grid. It seems Linden Lab has revamped the first hour experience by changing the look of the setup install process and new user regions. There is more to see on Social Island and Learning Island but there is still no information on getting started in Seoond Life like the old orientation islands/help islands.
Map of the new Social Islands and Learning Islands
New SL setup preview
If you click the Advanced button you can change the installation folder and now there is a tick box if you want for Second Life to start up after installing. It now gives you a tutorial on getting started when installing which is rather neat.
It will now download the latest SL viewer for you which is good so now you just need to log into Second Life with your username/password then accept the terms of service box. Wooot!
First Preview of Social Island
When you first arrive on Social Island you will start on a beach on a island surrounded by the sea. Then you have to follow the path up the mountain to teleport to learning island. No information on getting started in SL anywhere.
Walk through the gate to automatically teleport to learning island.
First preview of Learning Island
Once teleported from Social Island you will arrive at the welcome point. Again nothing to explain the basics of Second Life.
Walk along the path to the destinations area to teleport to well known locations across the grid. Other things to see on Learning Island: Tiki Beach, Lighthouse, Hot air balloon, Quiet Isle, The Cave Club and Club SL.
What do you think of this latest revamp of the new user islands ?