Google launches Lively, Virtual Social Networking
Google has made another addition to its Services with Lively, a 3D virtual social networking service similar to Second Life. Users can create there own Avatar, enter chat rooms and chat with others in 3D graphics. I tried this but was unimpressed by this service. Google has a lot to do if they want to make it more popular. It seems like a bad copy of second life.
To use it, you will have to download the application from the Lively Website and install it. After launching the application, you will have to select the room which you want to enter after logging in with your Google Account. Most of the existing rooms are almost full and the server also seems to be too slow. You will then get a chance to create your own Avatar. There are a total of 10 variety of Avatars to choose from. You can even dress your Avatar with clothing but the clothing selection is quite small. You can also select which hair styles to choose from. Here is the Avatar which I managed to create
The interface also seems to be bad. To move your avatar, you will have to drag him using the mouse. They should have at least provided keyboard keys movement. And the camera angle is also disappointing and difficult to get used to. There are a lot of things to do in the room. You can chat with others and perform a variety of actions such as hug, kick, kiss, punch etc. If there are TV sets in the room, you can stream the videos from Youtube, if there is a picture frame, you can put your own photo. You can interact with objects like sot on a chair etc.
The loading time for a room is too much. There is a lot of work that needs to be done if Google wants to make it a top service. At present, I wouldn’t recommend any of you to try it. It will just be a waste of time.