The ROI of Second Life [rerun]

What I wrote about Second Life four years ago can be applied to Foursquare check-ins and other emerging media behaviors that haven't yet reached enough of a critical mass to be useful to advertisers in a traditional way.

"If it’s not about fame and if it’s not about money, why bother at all? The answer is knowledge.

Some experts predict that in the fairly near future at least part of the Internet will turn 3-D with online destinations either adopting some form of 3-D interface or expanding into the existing virtual environments ( is one of the blogs tracking the signs of change). The argument goes that the companies that are playing inside Second Life and similar worlds today will be better prepared for tomorrow."

Read the rest of this 2006 post on Hill Holliday's blog.

Enjoy August reruns of some of our most popular articles while the editorial team (of one) takes a long-overdue break away from all things digital.