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Vivaty Launches Public Beta of Social Networks Meets Virtual Reality Application
Vivaty is announcing this morning that they are exiting the private beta stage and moving into a wide open public beta of their Vivaty Scenes product. Eric Eldon has an indepth review of the Vivaty product when they launched the private beta back in April. He also notes that the company has raised $9.4 million in venture capital funding.
It’s basically like Second Life meets social networking. The CEO says it’s targeted towards the 15-35 audience. I am in that audience and probably will never create one of these scenes, not even on a dare. But I could see how the kids will eat this up. Will it be as addictive as the Spore Creature game that’s hot right now?
The application can be installed within Facebook or AIM currently and the company says more social networking platforms are coming soon.
Vivaty sent over the following bullet points on what can be accomplished using a Vivaty Scene:
Choose a scene to share with AIM and Facebook friends
Personalize it with hundreds of objects and make it uniquely yours
Share your photos from the web, Flickr, and Facebook on your walls
Invite friends to watch your favorite YouTube videos on virtual TVs
Chat or leave notes for friends
Have a virtual party!
It looks like at least part of their business model will be around sponsored scenes. We received a few of these sponsored scenes but were asked not to post them yet. For their younger demo, the sponsored scenes could do very well.
Update: Robert Scoble interviewed the Vivaty CEO:
Here’s an example Vivaty Scene inside of Facebook: