Google kills Lively

Google’s foray into 3 D chat – Google Lively – is going to be shut down at the end of this year http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/lively-no-more.html Is Google the McDonald’s of the internet in that if they pull out of a neighbourhood it is time to sell up?  I don’t think so.
Does she know? Hard to tell, she was ALWAYS pouting.

Does she know? Hard to tell, she was ALWAYS pouting.

For me, Lively has never had the ingredients that would have made me feel a connection.  It was contrived, I didn’t have enough control over my avatar or environment and — this is the most important — my friends and colleagues weren’t using it. I gave it a go — even embedding it into its own page on my blog to see what comments, feedback, invitations I got. So I’ll be farewelling the pouty teenaged me in Lively and exploring other browser-based 3D chat tools in the near future.