I’ve been hopping into Second Life from time to time over the past month. Mainly, when an old friend IM’s me, I’ve headed inworld to hangout, chat, and go dancing. We don’t spend more than a hour or two at a time, but it’s really nice to be with this old friend again. I don’t know how long this will continue but our virtual experience has changed so much since the early days when we naively roamed the grid, wide eyed, and full of great expectations.
Anyway, as the saying goes: A friend is someone who likes you. So, it’s a real treat to reengage after so many years apart–over a decade. I don’t know his real name or age or much about his real life, and he doesn’t know me any better, but I think we know everything we need to know about each other. We do talk about shared interests and experiences, but mostly we talk about a wide range of subjects. And somehow the sharing of these points of view seems to have built a connection between us. It’s not like this will ever develop into a real world relationship, but it is an enjoyable virtual relationship.