One thing I didn't mention in that post is the Second Life Destination Guide. This guide is a catalog of places compiled by Linden Lab. It has a bunch of different categories, like International, Art, Music, Editors' Picks, Shopping, and Photogenic Spots. You can see the guide in your web browser here: Destinations. You can also access it from your viewer when you're logged in to SL. The Destinations button has the symbol of a little map push pin on it, like this:
|Yeah, I know. It doesn't look like a map pin to me either.|
Linden Lab is the final authority for what gets into the Destination Guide, and how long it stays there. How do you submit your terrific new club, or store, or your new roleplaying region for inclusion in the guide? You do that with this handy Destination Guide Submission Form
Before you run out and do that though, be sure you understand what you are getting into if your place gets included in the guide. About nine years ago, I wrote a post about what happened to my friend Siggy Romulus and his "Waterworks" store when it got listed as a Destination. For a week or more, he was swamped with people, very few of whom were there to buy a towel or a swimming pool. They just wanted to play with all the demos and have a big old pool party with their friends. You can read more about that in my post, "When Traffic Attacks!"
If you're brand new to SL, there is another way the Destination Guide is used. Newcomers are cycled through two regions when they first come to Second Life: Learning Island and Social Island. Both of them have a number of tutorials on how to do basic things in SL, like walk, fly, communicate, and dress your avatar. At the end of Social Island, there is a Portal Area, where there are a number of teleport portals set up. Each portal is labeled with a category, and it will send you to a random Destination within that category.
One final thought...if you've been muttering that SL has grown boring and there's nothing to do...go open up the Destination Guide and visit a few locations you've never been to!