I had a phone call the other day from an x-colleague. It’s been more than a decade since we last worked together, but he always makes a point of calling a couple times a year for a chat. I guess you could call it networking, but I think he’s just the type who makes an effort to maintain acquaintances.
I’ve been working in IT for 20 years now. It is a job where you generally don’t leave a lasting, tangible legacy of your work. The IT related systems you administer or play a part in creating almost always end up obsolete, updated, replaced, or disappear as companies close. You don’t end up with something physical that you helped build or design. In many ways the only thing that remains after a long career in IT are the human connections that you manage to maintain.
EVE is a little bit like that. Once you close down your accounts and walk away there will be nothing tangible left. You might have an account name or three on a monument in Iceland, and if you were particularly devious or charismatic there might be references to you in a source book, wiki page or comic.
For most of us however the only residue legacy of our time in EVE will be any friendships that spread to outside of the game and continued after you dock for the last time. This is one area where I have to admit Solo / Hermit play probably doesn’t turn out so well.