The deleting of accounts that are owned by Residents of Second Life isn’t a new issue but it is one that has to be blogged about for quite sometime now. Following the forced suspension of fellow Second Life blogger Daniel Voyager’s account on Google +, Twitter ( who has yet enforced the real name policy) has been lighting up with tweet after retweet of this incident. It kind of opens the question about whether or not sites like Facebook are actually meant for networking and socializing as their “objectives” state. A person behind a picture or a name is still a person none the less and using social media to communicate with other members of a community whether from Second Life or otherwise is acceptable. Unless an account is made to promote trouble, i.e using it to promote any kind propaganda griefing on the web, don’t get me wrong its understandable to want to keep tabs on the likes of those, but to push out a person who is interested in networking and sharing news is completely unacceptable as well as if the person who is behind the name wishes to remain as a John or Jane Doe.
This topic might roll into the postmodern question of, “What is real and what isn’t when it comes to the world of Second Life?” The line between reality and virtual reality is constantly blurred with its ever-growing popularity. What do you think?