The expansion of avatar identities across social networks has increased tremendously since I posted this image back in the spring of 2008. This growth can certainly be viewed as a reflection of a similar trend in the larger ocean of human-identified culture. But I think the small pond of the Second Life community offers some interesting insights into both the personal and cultural impact of social networking. I also suspect that social networks have unique or amplified impact on insular Second Life society and the firewalled dance of pseudonymous identity.
I plan on posting a series of brief reflections on this topic over the next week or two. Please chime in with your thoughts and stay tuned! (This post is in the key of C.)