Last Thursday's discussion topic was "SL's Classes. What is your position in the social ladder?". London started the discussion by saying that apparently all new residents are equal. They have the same opportunities, they can all own land, a store, or make their dreams come true. As time goes by, though, reality is quite different. There seems to be a certain hierarchy in SL, that determines much of what happens. Some in the group weren't aware of this, they defended that there could be hierarchy within a group, but they were skeptical about this reality existing throughout Second Life. The notion of status seems to influence the way people speak in SL, especially towards those perceived as "important", such as builders, PR people, hunt organisers, land barons or people who were on TV! This perceived "importance" is often reflected from the size of the group they are a member of. Some stated that residents would tend to gravitate towards a repetition of their RL social realities in SL, others that they would avoid them. Status is also earned by education and giving beauty or knowledge for example, or by the amount of time and money people are able to spend inworld, building their contacts' opportunities and their public persona. Another source of status presented was the fact that a place or group is featured in the Destination Guide. Status also seems to be created (and destroyed!) offworld in blogs, and social networks. Regarding the importance tags and titlers have always assumed in SL, the group defended that it happens simply because people CAN wear those titlers or as a roleplaying of their own fantasies, but also as a quick way to show others how you want them to be perceive as. Status is often the feeling or power or worth, sometimes destructive, others helpful and nurturing. When London asked the group if "age" mattered regarding status, the group was divided; some check profiles and are interested in an avatar's longevity while others find that aspect irrelevant. To end on a positive note, time will tell how important the issue of "status" in SL will become. Who was once Big is perhaps now not even in the game anymore, and New Big Fish are just starting to play their role as we speak! Great job, London! Great job, group! Join us next week for a fun and fast-paced discussion on a different SL related topic. Same time, same place!