Tuesday, 25 November 2008

A Requiem for Google Lively


(image by whitedavepaint)

I was mildly distraught to hear of the imminent demise of Google's nascent 'Lively' - a mini-Second Life like room you could paste into a blog page (much like pasting in a Youtube video) which Google have now announced they'll be taking out the back and humanely putting down just in time for Christmas.

If the future of e-learning is going to be largely based in virtual environments, Lively seemed like the perfect solution. Not for immersive simulations, but possibly for socialisation spaces. Given that the Second Life bubble has finaly burst (and mega-corps like Reuters have finally figured out that SL is all fur coat and no knickers) I would have thought that Google may have given this longer. Alas no.

Lively, we knew ye well.

2 comments:

oriste said...

The Livelyzens (Lively users) are coming together to appeal to Google to keep Lively alive.

Lively is a great platform for interaction as well as creativity. It is easy to use, browser based, embeddable on webpages to bring a 3D experience right on your website. While Lively has been in beta and has limited capability in terms of the objects and avatars available, the Livelyzens have been able to come up with very creative ways to create art from what is available. All this in a "clean" 3D world thanks to Google's vigilance in getting rid of rooms with inappropriate content. More than anything, Lively has become a place to make friends for life – from all over the world with wonderful people.

Please visit our website http://livelyzens.com and participate in the Lively Machinima contest we are conducting to show the creative potential of Google Lively. Please also sign our online petition http://livelyzens.com/petition.aspx

We kindly request netizens to support us in reviving a wonderful 3D world that is a kid friendly and a creative space for art and interaction amongst adults.

KosmiK Guru said...

Thank you - well said. Exactly out thoughts that Google should have given it some more time. I am adding a link to your blog on our website http://livelyzens.com. Please support our appeal to google to keep Lively alive. Please sign the petition and spread the word. Thanks!