Recently, Belgian Second Life blogger Vint Falken
issued blogged a challenge to fellow SL Residents who use Flickr to upload and share screenshots: Get up from your computer, don't change your clothes or fix your appearance, take a photo of your real life self, and upload it to a Flickr group tagged "Spontaneously Me". Here's the result, dozens of photos depicting Residents across a diverse spectrum of age and national origin, each photo suggesting a thumbnail narrative. Unsurprisingly, when asked to reveal the person behind the avatar, respondents tend to be remarkably attractive. Which would of course include Ms. Falken herself, here depicted in the top left corner, she of the hip-geek muscle T and the mane of flame-red hair. But was that gentleman a couple rows above her really logged into SL while sunbathing at a creek in the nude? (And do I actually want to know?) Image credit: Vintfalken.com.
Update, 9:39am: In Comments, Vint credits the "Spontaneously Me" idea to Nebulosus Severine, and notes that ColeMarie Soleil, Rob Danton, Kean Kelly, and others help maintain its Flickr stream.