|Mind map of Second Life blogs from September 2009 with defunct blogs circled in red.|
This is a marked up version of an image I posted in September 2009 that visualized a section of "The Web of Second Life Blogs." The red circles indicate blogs that haven't posted in 2012.
Many of the most prominent and active Second Lifers from three years ago are either gone or have drastically reduced their avatar-centric lives. This small snapshot alone includes Bettina Tizzy, Vint Falken, Dusan Writer, Sophrosyne Stenvaag and Dandellian Kimban.
Although there are certainly new virtual world leaders who have emerged over the last three years, it seems to me that we haven't come close to replacing what can be considered our "greatest generation." Who are the new iconoclasts that are pushing forward the way we live our virtual lives and express our virtual identities? What new communities are pioneering in the way that Extropia did in its prime? Is there anything new under the virtual sun, or have we exhausted its potential?
And I wonder how many of us will still be here in another three years.