Friday, June 1st saw the deployment of the Sansar Know Thy Neighbour release, which brings user profiles to Sansar, adds object interactions through scripts and something the Lab call Access to Controls.
This article highlights some of the new features – and some deployed in May 2018. As always, full details of the updates in the new release are available in the release notes.
- As with the majority of Sansar deployments, this update requires the automatic download and installation of a client update.
- Updates in this release mean that on logging-in for the first time following the update, users will be placed in the LookBook (Avatar App).
Second Life users are more than familiar with the idea of user profiles and their usefulness. They are something that has been raised on numerous occasions as one of the missing elements within Sansar – and with this release, they’ve started to arrive.
A Sansar profile can be used to display basic information about a user: their avatar name / ID, a photograph, and a short biography. In addition, viewing other people’s profiles allows users to request / remove friendship, see a summary of any store listings they have or experiences they have published, each of which are interactive.
Every Sansar user has a profile by default, which can be edited and updated as required, although they must be updated from within the Sansar client. Profiles can, however, be viewed both within the client and on the web.
Editing Your Profile
To edit your profile, launch the Sansar client and then click on More Options > Edit Profile. This will open the Profile Editor, which has two user-definable fields: the profile image and biography.
Profile images are automatically generated by Sansar, based on the looks you have saved in the LookBook (See Customising your avatar). To select / change your profile image click on the edit icon at the four o’clock position on the photo display (1 in the image below, right). A list of your available images will be displayed. Click on the one you wish to use with your profile.
To update your biography, click on the Bio section (2 in the image below right) and enter your text.
When you’ve completed your updates, click Save to apply them.
Viewing a Profile
Profiles can be viewed in a number of ways:
- From within an experience, through the client’s People App.
- Via the Atlas, either within the client or on the web.
- Via a store listing on the web.
Via the People App
When in an experience, you can display someone’s profile by opening the Chat App then clicking on the People App button.
- To view the profile of someone on your Friends list, click on their name to display the interaction options and click Profile.
- To view the profile of some on your Friends list, use the Search option, then click on their name to display the interaction options and click Profile.
Both of these options will open the user’s profile. This comprises a number of sections:
- The user’s profile picture with a microphone icon at the four o’clock position. This is the mute / unmute option. Green indicates the person is not voice muted, red indicates they have been voice muted.
- Three central options to direct message them; to friend / unfriend them or abuse report them.
- The bottom section of a profile may – or may not – display one or other – or both – of two further options: Store Items and Experiences.
- Store Items: if the user has a Sansar Store, the total number of items they have listed will be displayed, with a See All option. Clicking the latter will display their store in your web browser. This option will be absent if the user does not have any items in the store.
- if the user has published one or more experiences, the total number of their published experiences is displayed, with thumbnails of each of them.
- Clicking on a thumbnail should open the experience
- A button (V or ^) is displayed in this section – if the user has more than one experience, this will switch the thumbnail view between a single experience thumbnail and a tiled display of thumbnails.
- This option will be absent if the user has not published any experiences.
- To close a displayed profile, click the Back button at the top left of the profile display.
Note that when viewing a profile, you can also accept Friend requests sent by that person, as well as send your own.