Step 18 Understanding and Completing your Personal Profile

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Your AVATAR’S Personal Profile


Before you begin filling out the personal profile area remember that this is the profile of your AVATAR.  Who do you want to be?  What message do you want to send to those you meet?

Be WARY of providing personal information to anyone in virtual worlds, just like anyone you would meet anywhere. Even if the persona of the character is you (and not that of some dragon that has lived a million years), be careful not to provide too much information to strangers.


OPEN YOUR PROFILE WINDOW


3 ways to OPEN your PROFILE WINDOW

TOOLBAR: Profile Button

MENUS:  Avatar / Profile

IN WORLD: Right-Click on your Avatar / Profile

 

 


2ND LIFE TAB (2ND LIFE refers to your VIRTUAL WORLD LIFE)


TO ADD A PICTURE: Click on the box that houses the window and another window (for you to choose the “texture”) opens.  You can use textures or snapshots.  We are about to embark over to the Freebie Tower to get a makeover..why not take a BEFORE picture for your scrapbook!

We learned how to take a snapshot in VWSG Step #6.  Refer to that lesson if you need to!

Choose your snapshot in the window that opened and choose OK.

GROUPS: Remember the Group Option, “Show this Group in my Profile“?  If you keep that box checked it will show here.

ABOUT: Fill in information about your avatar.  It may be a description of your avatar’s theory of life, your “friendship rules”, or if you are working in virtual worlds it may be a website link to provide more information than that little box every could.


1ST LIFE TAB (1ST LIFE refers to your actual physical life in the “REAL WORLD”
Sometimes this is referred to as “RL” (real life)


You have the option of a picture and description section in this area too!  What do you want to share with the world?  If you think you are sharing too much, refer to our warning at the top of the page!


OTHER TABS in your PROFILE


WEB: You can use this as a web browser (or use the WWW Toolbar Button)

INTERESTS:  Filling out the options in this section will help like-minded people find you and perhaps initiate a conversation.

PICKS:  This is like a billboard of your favorite places in virtual worlds.  We would appreciate you adding our little Island of Inspiration to your picks.

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CLASSIFIED: If you place any classifieds with the grid-based system, they would show here.

NOTES: You will meet a lot of people in your virtual journey, sometimes it helps to keep notes so you can pick up the conversation easily the next time you see them.  Keep in mind that the next time you see them, they may look COMPLETELY different.  So notes can help!


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Uploading Your Own Picture (or “Texture”)


TO UPLOAD YOUR OWN IMAGES
“textures” “.jpg” “.png”

While some designers and intricate builders user larger texture sizes, we recommend sticking to textures no larger than 512 x 512.

Your viewer will resize to this dimension on most objects and saving your textures that size or smaller will reduce the lag time.  That means that the textures will show up for all to see at a faster rate.

KEYSTROKES:  CNTRL+U

MENUS: Build / Upload / Image

This will open up a file navigator window on your personal computer system. Choose your texture/photo and choose OK.  You will be asked to confirm your texture import and have the option to change the TEXTURE NAME.  Your NEW TEXTURE will be in your INVENTORY / TEXTURES FOLDER.


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OUR MISSION with the VWSG is to answer all your questions and make your Virtual World Existence easy and fun!  If we missed something, assumed some knowledge or you have a suggestion of inclusion to this particular lesson, please leave your comments below.  Thank you for visiting us today!

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