“Social networking sites are already pretty popular. So how do you improve on the internet’s hottest web offerings? The answer could be to make them three-dimensional.
Start-up company Vivaty of Menlo Park, California, is creating a hybrid of conventional social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace and virtual worlds like Second Life. Rather than filling a web page with photos, a list of hobbies and their favourite software applications, as users of Facebook do today, Vivaty users will get access to a virtual room. They can adorn the walls with photos, watch a virtual television that plays YouTube or invite friends over to join them.
Instead of chatting by sending each other messages, Vivaty users will be able to speak “in person” via 3D avatars. Vivaty will be offered to Facebook users this year.”
Source Citation: “Social networks in three dimensions.(Technology)(Brief article).” New Scientist 198.2650 (April 5, 2008): 23
I’m not sure how different this is from what Second Life already offers, as I’m not an avid SL-er (although I certainly hope the graphics are better!), but how cool is it that you can have YouTube (or other branded <ahem>) videos playing on your virtual TV. It sounds like a great way to visually aggregate several digital media outlets.
Hopefully, they’ll think to add a functionality for users to place a stock market ticker on the wall of their virtual room for tweets and a computer monitor on a desk for displaying blog posts!
Interesting that they’re intro’ing the tech via Facebook – wonder if it’s only going work from FB or if it will also be stand-alone…