We are all sometimes in a situation, where you want to get to now a new person on the block and try to get into a conversation with him or her. Some don't have a big imagination and are using always more or less the same lines, which gets very boring and they're not good, either. It's just typical like the old line "ASL please" from IRC (Age, Sex, Language).
So, how should you not try to do a first talk? A typical talk could go like this:
- "Hi!" or "Hello!" - nothing against that.
- "Where are you from?" Well, is this Second Life or something else? At least I don't want to share with all parts of my real life, so normally this is something you should ask later perhaps, when you know the avatar a little bit better. Rule of thumb is for me: if it's not in the profile of the avatar, don't ask.
- "How old are you?" Even more worse. We are in Second Life, not real life, I cannot stress that enough, and why should my or your RL age matter from the beginning to somebody else? This is just wrong, wrong, wrong.
- "Are you really a male/female?" If you should really ask that one, you've lost it there completely. That's the worst thing you could ask on a first chat ever.
- "Are you solo?" Well, this is ok to ask in Second Life, if someone hasn't something like that in his/her profile. You still shouldn't do it on first talk ever since this gives the other side just the impression you're after a fast lay or bf/gf. It's wrong to ask this about the real life in first talk ever. If you want to ask it, do it better after a few dates; the better way is just to read the profile of the avatar. Most avatars have a statement there somewhere if they are taken or not.
- "Wonna fuck/have some fun?" Unless you're visiting a swinger club or sex club that's also one of the dumbest things you could ask in normal places. Better just don't do it.
- "You're beautiful." Arg. Also a very worse pickup line. Face it: almost 99.9% of all the avatars in Second Life are beautiful. Why? Because it's easy and because most like it to be that way! So telling someone already at the beginning that (s)he is beautiful is really ridiculous since normally all other avatars around are, too.
- "You're a good dancer." Also arg. Have you ever, ever seen a bad dancer in Second Life? Have you? I for myself haven't and it's no wonder why: most dances are packed into poseballs and of course looking good. And since you're seeing in 80% of the places always 80% the same pose balls, there are no bad dancers in Second Life. We're always good dancers there.
- "I need 10 L$ to buy myself something." If you want money, don't ask people for it you don't know, get the money yourself. Either camp somewhere on a dancing pad, just buy it or do some work to get some money.
- Befriending someone on first conversation. Just don't do it. This normally goes wrong. Many ppl tend to clear their friends list from time to time and why should I keep up with somebody I don't really know? And if I try to befriend someone on first sight I don't really know him.