I was just checking out the Official Google Blog and was totally sidetracked getting into Google’s kick at the 3D world with Lively. First impression is that it seems pretty much like Second Life, but is a whole lot easier to approach and get into.
I like the idea of the 3D web and where it is going. I was into Second Life for a little while and got a good feel for the online world. But Second Life was a pig on the system. Google overcomes an major obstacle with Lively because it is so much more accessible. And, more importantly, Lively rooms and avatars designed to exist outside of a walled garden. A feature most 3D worlds do not provide.
As I read over at Diabolical or Smart:
In essence, Google is looking to create a massive distributed virtual world, where every Google account can have its own avatar that can be used wherever a Lively virtual room is present – for example, on a blog, a social networking profile, or a Web page.
Ok, I’ll check it out a bit more because I am interested (my avatar is mlseaton). However, I am now convinced more than ever that Google is actually Cyberdyne Systems Corporation.
Check out my room below…