Google launches “Lively”
Google has launched Lively, a 3D social network! At first glance it looks like Second Life, but SL is all virtual. In Lively, everything besides the graphics is real, from the IM’s to the chat rooms and individual web pages.
You enter a Lively room that is embedded on a blog or website and then immediately become emmersed in the room of the creator, engaging in his/her interests and passions.
For the time being, it’s just available for Windows. It’s still in Beta and is suffering a little from slow performance. The possibilities for this to just blow apart the social network world is staggering.
However, the user interface is refined and, in general, the idea has a lot of merits. Lively rooms are so easy to embed on pages, requiring only Flash and a lightweight plug-in. Lively promises to packaged the wildly popular environments and interactivity of games like The Sims and virtual worlds such as Second Life into a simple, easily accessible web experience. (businessweek)
I personally think that this overcomes the primary hurdle which SL users had of a 30 MB download alongwith high bandwidth usage…… get’s fascinating day by day.
What do you think….?