Google Launches A Virtual World
Google continues to expand it’s product line with their own virtual world called Lively. Clearing away the haze of launch hype, what remains is that it’s essentially a 3D chat interface with a few bells and whistles. Users can create their own custom rooms and avatars then embed the rooms on any web site. Lively is not one big connected world, but a series of separate rooms that users can jump into via the Lively home page. The program integrates with Facebook and plans are in the works to tie in with Myspace as well. I’m not really sure how this is relevant to Google’s mission of organizing the worlds information, or how this is even useful, but it at least looks nice.