Another week passes and another spat breaks out among the residents of Second Life. Well, quite a few spats I'm sure, but the most visible by far involved a surplus of alts and a surfeit of honesty. Obviously we're not in the habit of rehashing social network drama on New World Notes, but the story isn't an unfamiliar one if you've spent any length of time socializing anywhere on the internet. Even Miss Metaverse Manners has taken a crack at the topic before. Sometimes you think you're talking to two people when you're really only talking to one. Sometimes it just seems so damn easy to set up a new account and do some perfectly innocent reconnaissance on someone...
Or maybe you haven't. Maybe your online experience has been a beacon of transparency all around?
Here's what I want to know: Have you every been duped by an alt with less than honest intentions, or have you ever been the duper yourself? No need to name names (not even your own) just share your story in the comments below.
Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Timesand has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan andwith pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.