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I messed up the other day when I linked to SuperTour (I linked to the wrong page, this is the right link).

Living virtually is getting a lot of attention. A lot of people at Mix have told me they don’t want to try Second Life or World of Warcraft because of the time these things take. I totally agree. But here Laura and Tina give you a taste of Second Life and get you an interview with Linden Labs’ founder Philip Rosedale (the Ten Team also paid Eric Rice to build an entire island).

So when TDavid says that conference value is going away (he noted that he could get a lot of the value from Mix06 just by hanging out online) he’s absolutely correct. We could meet virtually and have a pretty compelling conference experience online.

But there is still that part face-to-face communication that these things miss. There’s nothing like looking in someone’s eyes, shaking their hand, and sharing an experience in real life. That said, I’ll be online this weekend with my son, who has built me an entire office in my evil software company in Second Life.

My son says that Second Life is the most addicting thing he’s done so far. Here’s a 2006 parent/kid conversation we had recently: “Hey, Dad, I’m in Home Depot in Second Life, want me to buy you anything?”

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Robert Scoble is the founder of the Scobleizer blog. He works as PodTech.net’s Vice President of Media Development.

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