Thursday, August 26, 2010

Social Networks in the Lives of Avatars – Part 1


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.)


Anonymous said...

Great to hear you'll be writing more about this. Can't wait to read it.

In addition to writing, may I suggest also turning your thoughts into a cartoon/video? Could be both informative and hilarious.

Like "Social Networking Wars?" ;)


Botgirl Questi said...

Great idea! I started on a script. Premise is Botgirl explaining Twitter to Majic. Should be fun and informative.

Anonymous said...

You've left out Plurk, which has a vibrant SL community and makes Twitter look like kindergarten.

Botgirl Questi said...

I didn't start using Plurk until June of 2008 and the image was created a few months before then. I agree that Plurk has one of the most (if not THE most) vibrant and active Second LIfe social networking communities.