I recently had a conversation with a close friend in Second Life about what makes one unique in Second Life. This got me wondering. How do others see the issue. So I posed the following question on Facebook: "How important to you is being unique, and what defines it? Your avatar? Your clothing? Your land and builds? Your occupation? Your personality? Some other quality?"
There were a number of responses:
I think its personality too. We are all unique and I think that's important; in real life and Second Life. Being true to yourself and to others no matter what role you choose to play inworld.
Kazumi Hikaru Kohaku (jamestkirk2323) : I am who I am, but it's how I dress and hold myself. My land is just a part of me, and my Second Life family and friends are the big thing that makes me unique.
Willow Leafstorm (zoelass): I think for me it's the whole enchilada. I am Willow Leafstorm and fairly well recognized in Steelhead. Some people have said it just isn't Willow without the wings. There are a lot of components that set me apart such as owning the Green Fairy Cabaret, being part of Steelhead as one of its Council Members and of course being a DJ for Krypton Radio plays a big part. Clothing has very little to do with it since I am always changing out my outfits for different shows and dances.
Charlotte Williams: Everyone is unique in their own way. I think the saying 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' rings so true in Second Life as everyone finds different looks to be attractive to them. I think even if you had an identical avatar to someone else, like others said, it's your personality that sets you apart, as well as your background, nationality etc. The things that make you unique in real life are what makes you unique in SL.
Beryl Strifeclaw: I like playing characters which is what got me into Second Life, but I've found places to just be me too and that was really nice. So those two polar opposites are why I'm in SL.
Bain Finch: I'm with Zoe, "the whole enchilada." I would like to add since my avatar skin that was tweaked for me and a shape reflect the real-life me, that SHOULD make me unique.
Wesley Regenbogen: Well, my avatar is made like the real life me, so ... Also, I like being a virtual journalist for SL Newser and like to write. Since I have a virtual home near the SL Newser building, I feel at home, virtually, of course, there. By the way, my Second Life name is : Wesley Regenbogen and in real life my name is Wesley Rouwoos, so it all is connected to real life, I guess.
So what do you the readers think? What do you think makes one's identity in Second Life?