Have you ever noticed how intricate and complex your virtual life really is? We spend hours each day talking to people we've never seen before, and yet don't know the names of many on our own streets. Columnist Brett Thomas takes a look at the virtual world of Web 2.0 and its effects on our real society.
"We celebrate birthdays together, we send each other notes of congratulations when something grand happens. "w00t" and "congrats" are met with with "thx" on a daily basis. We grow close to some members, and make acquaintance with many more. In effect, we are a virtual neighbourhood, each involved in the lives of those we talk to as if they were right next door."