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Google launches a virtual world, called Lively.

Google launches Lively

Google is launching a new service called Lively, a browser based virtual world add-on that lets users create and customize avatars and worlds, interact with other users, and generally have a richer social interaction than is offered by GTalk today.

This isn’t yet a full Second Life competitor. There’s no single world, for example, where users can move around. But it’s easy to see Google evolving this into a single online world. And then, of course, selling advertising into it.

Google Lively:
http://www.lively.com

More info:
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/08/google-launches-virtual-world-called-lively/