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Google Lively: Does anything there work?

Posted by profiphotos on July 13, 2008

There used to be photos on the wall - now everything is black

There used to be photos on the wall - now everything is black

I’ve invested many hours of work in setting up my Photo Gallery over at Lively.  The day before yesterday, I wanted to continue working on the room – had a few more photos to hang on the walls.  After logging in, much to my surprise all of the photos were gone!  I surfed around to other member’s rooms and everywhere I went there were no pictures on the walls.  According to an unofficial post from a Google person, there were some issues with the photo gadgets built into the photo frames and they removed them  from Lively – for upgrades.  Now I can understand this is a Beta Site but c’mon something so basic as Photos could have been better prepared before going public.

It seems that the only user gadgets that still are working are the streaming of video from You Tube.  Which brings up another point.  Supposedly you are able to add music and ambient effects to the rooms you create at Lively but as of this writing no one seems to be able to get this feature working.  On the Help Forum (located via the “?” on the room viewer) people have suggested hiding You Tube videos under the floor or behind walls just so that you can present your users with a musical experience when visiting your room.  C’mon using a video to play music just because it’s not possible to play background music in your room?

Sound was also supposed to work.  I don't know anyone who has gotten it to work yet.

Sound was also supposed to work. I don't know anyone who has gotten it to work yet.

I will say, the idea for this sort of thing is ripe (and I’m glad to say different than Second Life) and Google has done a wonderful thing in that you can integrate your room in your own Blog or WEB Site.  Hats off to Google for that one.  I guess we will all have to be patient until Google gets all the quirks out.  I, for one, will have to patiently wait until Google puts the photo frames back up before I can finish setting up my Gallery @ Lively.

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