Now, I suspect like most Tweeters, Emma and I have never met but we comment on each others tweets if each of us say something that interests us or that we find funny or disturbing or we just plain 'hate'. Hate as in the sense that it makes us want to shout at it, them, the situation, or whatever.
Now I have no idea who found who and who befriended whom first, but that is really not important. Emma, and I have no idea if that is her real name or not, I have discovered, is a "Second Lifer". No, that does not mean that she is hiding behind a made up picture because she is a mass murderer, well at least I do not think she is, or that she is serving consecutive life sentences behinds bars in Holloway Prison. No it means that she is a part of a community who meet on line in a virtual reality.
Wikipedia describes it thus:
Second Life is an online virtual world developed by Linden Lab. It was launched on June 23, 2003. A number of free client programs, or Viewers, enable Second Life users, called Residents, to interact with each other through avatars. Residents can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another. Second Life is intended for people aged 16 and over, and as of 2011 has about one million active users.
I see Tweets from Emma from time to time advertising that she is DJing at SL and inviting people to pop along to listen to her set and this morning she posted a short blog on SL at Emma's Blog.
I visited, I read and I didn't understand a word of what she was twittering on about, but that is me. But, it also got me to thinking, "What would you do with a Second Life in real life"?
Would, if you were married, for instance,(and please do remember Ishbel Stronach, this is a work of fiction and not my desire) you have a Second Life as a single club loving partying, socialite? Where once or twice a week you could slip out and let your hair down, on your own!
Would you get the wife to do her own ironing? (threat last night unless her behaviour improved)
Or, if you were stuck in a boring office job would you have a Second Life as a high flyer or an entrepreneurial wizard with everything you touch turning to financial gold?
On the other hand, if you were a high powered boss in stressful meetings every day would your Second Life be that of a stay at home parent taking the kids to school and out walking with the dogs?
Or if you are a blogger would your Second Life have you as a successful author?
Just what would you be in your Second Life?