Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lively is Dead

From The Official Google Blog:

11/19/2008 05:55:00 PM
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.

1 comment:

  1. I joined Lively is Sept. honestly; I've had a blast! Met some wonderful ppl, and made some very close friends, breaks my heart that these, friends more than likely will be lost. People i would have never met were it not for lively! LIVELY is one big melting pot, and we all love each other, it's amazing. In a world that's full of war and violence, it was truly a beautiful experience to socialize and laugh with other country's ppl's. In fact, that amazement is mutual throughout lively; the first question from a newbie is always; "where are you from ?" and !. We are all in each others lives daily. We hate the loss. I feel in mourning, and I'm sure i am not alone. There's is also a unanimous question - " Why didn't you give Lively citizens, an opportunity to save Lively?" We would pay monthly dues, so it's not a google expense. Leaving a bad taste about google, and that's sad too; I loved google dbl loss here. Sincerly, A lively ciizen, (not client) Elizabeth Corbett