Google ventures into virtual reality with 'Lively'

In the latest expansion beyond its main mission of organizing the world’s information, Internet search leader Google Inc. hopes to orchestrate more virtual socializing on the Web. Google debuted a free service Tuesday in which three-dimensional software enables people to congregate in fantasy rooms and other computer-manufactured versions of real life. The service, called “Lively,” represents Google’s answer to an already well-established site, “Second Life,” where people deploy animated alter egos known as avatars to navigate virtual reality. Google thinks “Lively” will encourage even more people to dive into alternate realities because it isn’t tethered to one Web site like Second Life, and it doesn’t cost anything to use. After installing a small packet of software from lively.com, a user can enter Lively from other Web sites, like social networking sites and blogs. More.

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