In a couple of hours, I'll be off to Chicago to cover a different kind of social media: the third annual Second Life Community Convention (SLCC), a gathering of over 800 enthusiasts of the virtual world. It's a phenomenon that saw a dramatic rise and subsequent backlash in the past year, touted by media and business first as a revolution in communications, marketing, and socialization and then as an enormous three-dimensional ghost town.
So what's going to happen at the first SLCC to take place in Second Life's "post-mainstream" age? We'll see. I'll be updating periodically throughout the weekend, including with photographs from Saturday night's highly anticipated "lace and leather" masquerade ball.
Click here to read CNET News.com's pre-coverage.