As if to prove the continued rise of and fascination with social software tools the BBC has posted a couple of interesting news clips about social networking.
The article on virtual communities includes an interview with Howard Rheingold - seen by many as the father of social networking. I was particularly taken by the following comment on Weblo:
"This week saw the launch of Weblo, a new concept which aims to provide a carbon copy of the real world by allowing members to buy, manage and trade virtual assets as diverse as celebrities and landmarks, making real money all the while. "
The gap between virtual and real is becoming ever more blurry and the opening up of 'new worlds' within which one can manage an alternative virtual life that hooks into the 'real' in such a fundamental way as money feels like the final step in the collapse of the dichotomy between being online and offline.