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Posted 2006-04-04 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Author, academic, and admirable action-hero Aleks Krotoski has launched the survey portion of her inquiry into the social structure of the virtual world Second Life as part of her PhD work at the University of Surrey: "The goals of the research are to understand who talks with whom, to follow information as it spreads around the virtual world, and to uncover which groups and cliques are most integral to the social life of Second Life." Krotoski is hoping to hear from as many residents of Second Life as possible to get the best possible representation of the virtual world's communication patterns.

The confidential survey, which takes about 30 minutes to complete, can be found on the web, and also inside Second Life at the Social Simulation Research Lab. Participants are advised to keep their in-world Calling Card list available, as part of the survey involves typing in names of friends and acquaintances--all names will be kept confidential, and no names will be used in forthcoming informal and formal results. Krotoski (known as Mynci Gorky in Second Life) will be holding an information session in-world at her Social Simulation Research Lab on Thursday 6th April 2006 at 2pm Linden Time (8pm GMT) to discuss the research, ask questions and collect a survey (presumably a second, informal survey). Krotoski's research effort is supported by Linden Lab, makers of Second Life, and is conducted in accordance with the Second Life Research Agreement.
 
     
 
   
 
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