I would love to get my hands on a YT-1300 ship or a Firespray, but they cost a lot
and it seems a bit out of reach for newbies. I'm in the middle of nowhere and I would
like to talk to someine and interact here rather than wait for e-mail. And getting a unique ship...
that's a different story.
It's usually best for new players to first join a faction. There they'll usually be a little trained in how to use the interface to get stuff done, and you'll also get a salary so you can start saving up money to one day buy a ship.
If you want to directly talk to other players, i suggest using the chat server irc.swc-irc.com, recommended channels for new players are #swc-newcomers, #swc-help for questions and #swc-members for general chat.