Friday, July 22, 2016
"What's In A Name?”
Your name says who you are, and helps you aspire to who you want to be.
Prior to 2010, a Second Life person could create their first name, and pick from a list of available last names. The choice of last names changed regularly. Before 2006, a last name would be retired after 150 residents selected it. Then in 2006, when the popularity of Second Life boomed, the names would retire after 1,000 residents chose it. These are called Heritage names. In 2010, Linden Labs changed their unique Heritage name option. Now, everyone who signs up, automatically gets the last name of "Resident."
One cannot snipe old account names, Linden Labs says they do not purge them. I remember playing Neopets, and the grandfathered pets, as well as the pet names with the least amount of letters are very coveted. In fact, there's a whole website dedicated to the name purge and the ability to adopt all pets that haven't seen their owner in ages. Alternatively, however, one can purchase an old Second Life account name, there are a few websites for that, they usually go for about $40 USD. Although, whether LL actually condones this or not, and whether or not it's worth trusting what you're buying, is rather a good question to pose to oneself before taking any action.
With all the new registrations to Second Life, the automatic last name of "Resident," limits what first names are actually available. For example, one might need to add numbers to their original idea for a name. This does call for some creativity. I personally like opting for a two word conjunction of something nobody else is likely to think of.
Once that's settled, one also can add symbols to their display name. This is another name you can have, in addition to your account name. It's important to note that a display name will not affect one's original account name. For instance, if someone looks you up, they will find you by your original account name, not your display name. So do put some thought into it when first signing up with an account. However, do not fear, as you can only use letters and numbers to sign up with, you can change your display name into a veritable cornucopia of unicode (a string of characters up to 31 characters long).
You cannot use alt characters in your display name. Second Life display names only take unicode. In the Additional Information I have listed at the end of this article, at the first website, you will find a fascinatingly endless bunch of characters you can copy and paste from. You are sure to find the specific characters that suit you just fine.
Now, I did want to touch a bit on being too fancy. You want to make your display name readable. Have mercy on those poor host's souls when you walk into a venue... otherwise you will be greeted by the name you signed up with, if your display name is illegible! The good news is that you can change it again every 7 days, or you can reset it at any time (which will make it appear as your original account name). If you make your display name just a fancy version of your original account name, you don't have too much to worry about. But if you change it completely, the more readable it is, the better.
ADDITIONAL URL: http://secondlife.wikia.com/wiki/Avatar_Last_Names
ADDITIONAL URL: http://slnamewatch.com