- Product Type: Virtual Environment
Google Lively was a web-based virtual environment, which in theory seemed amazing. People simply had to download it online and upgrade or download Flash. The program integrated with the internet and provided a new way to access information. Lively embedded “rooms” into any HTML webpage, offering a two-dimensional format while communication on a topic was made into a three-dimensional room in the same program. It failed for numerous reasons. Personalization was not good enough and controls were pretty difficult to deal with. Simply put, the virtual environment wasn’t useful for most companies or users. Plus, even though Google did not make it for this, people seemed to be mostly interested in the tool for sex and violence. It was officially shut down in late 2008.