Google announced on its blog that they are pulling the plug on lively. This is strange coming from Google since they have been successful at almost everything they’ve ever done. They should have read my review, it might have saved it.

In July we launched Lively in Google Labs because we wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways. Google has always been supportive of this kind of experimentation because we believe it’s the best way to create groundbreaking products that make a difference to people’s lives. But we’ve also always accepted that when you take these kinds of risks not every bet is going to pay off.

That’s why, despite all the virtual high fives and creative rooms everyone has enjoyed in the last four and a half months, we’ve decided to shut Lively down at the end of the year. It has been a tough decision, but we want to ensure that we prioritize our resources and focus more on our core search, ads and apps business. will be discontinued at the end of December, and everyone who has worked on the project will then move on to other teams.

We’d encourage all Lively users to capture your hard work by taking videos and screenshots of your rooms. More…

1 Comment on Google Lively officially dead

  1. Solum says:

    The Livelyzens (Lively users) are coming together to appeal to Google
    to keep Lively alive.

    Lively is a great platform for interaction as well as creativity. It
    is easy to use, browser based, embeddable on webpages to bring a 3D
    experience right on your website. While Lively has been in beta and
    has limited capability in terms of the objects and avatars available,
    the Livelyzens have been able to come up with very creative ways to
    create art from what is available. All this in a “clean” 3D world
    thanks to Google’s vigilance in getting rid of rooms with
    inappropriate content. More than anything, Lively has become a place
    to make friends for life – from all over the world with wonderful

    Please visit our website and participate in the
    Lively Machinima contest we are conducting to show the creative
    potential of Google Lively. Please also sign our online petition

    We kindly request netizens to support us in reviving a wonderful 3D
    world that is a kid friendly and a creative space for art and
    interaction amongst adults.