Today was a big day for virtual worlds.
These are all pretty big things. Interoperability is something that’s been discussed for a while now and the idea of allowing avatars to move freely from one virtual world to another is a pretty sweet thing. With as scattered as I feel in the social media realm these days, the ability to have just one avatar, one identity, that’s able to move around .. makes me happy.
Vivaty and Lively are virtual worlds that are web-based and they both allow you to create your own ’scenes’ and interact with others. There’s a lot of customization in both – you can change how your room looks, move furniture around, pick new clothes/hair for your avatar. Vivaty works with Facebook and AIM and Lively is its own thing that you can embed in your own website. Both very cool, both with a lot of potential.
I don’t see myself using either Vivaty or Lively much right now for a few reasons. The main reason is that both are PC-only at this point and I spend most of my ‘free time’ on my Mac. I’m sure it’s being worked on and I sure hope so. The PC only stuff makes me cranky. If we can get people to move from one virtual world to another, surely we can get these things to work on a Mac.