The Lindens did something they've never done before Monday: they held a press conference *themselves* in world. Plenty of other companies, whether Sun Microsystems or CNET have held pressers in SL, but this was evidently a first for the Lab. If you want to get a perfectly serviceable wire-story type of account, go here to my colleague Xavier Mohr's story at SLReports.net.
But let me tell you the back story -- and also how it *felt*.
You wouldn't believe the static it caused in the little ponds of Second Life, with Nobody Fugazi's fanboyz letting it be known his street cred was now amped by him not being invited, and Jessica Holyoke fussing and fuming repeatedly in office hours about why she and other Herald reporters weren't invited and how they could get invited etc etc.
Robin Linden somewhat took the luster off any notion of in-grouping by noting first that the function was primarily directed not at "real-life press" but at "inworld press" (short bus stops outside at the dam, folks) and that "Prokofy had been on the list all the time." Of course, we remember it differently. (My God, just spent an hour searching through the old forums, what an eye-opener!). But aside from all this backing and filling about the genre and its participants, let's see first what they *said* and then whether it's a good format.
Regrettably, I got there about 25 minutes late because I first had trouble getting logged on normally then couldn't pull up the sim "Abundance" in the list (a Linden sim) -- turns out it was hidden -- and they get to keep stuff hidden, even though that system was ended for everyone else. Factlet one gleaned from the press conference! Then, the SLURL wouldn't work -- figured the sim filled up. Finally Melissa Linden TP'd me -- and then the usual wrestle with voice, and unfortunately becoming an annoyance to others who then heard double typing clatter from me -- from my inworld puppet typing (can't get turned off once again,) and from my RL self with the mike not muted. DUH!
But through it all were the calm, reasoned tones of James Linden, a fellow I had never met but had always admired for his normal, clear, helpful posts on the forums (remember the one about IP addresses that finally put an end to that idiotic forums debate about dynamic and static IPs?)