Posted by: vivatymarkh | July 16, 2008

Now that the virtual dust has settled…

Hi everyone!

Well, it’s been quite a whirlwind these last couple weeks! First, we burned the midnight oil turning on the public beta of Vivaty Scenes in Facebook. We also launched a branded version of Vivaty Scenes for a big partner that I think is really a great showcase of branded content. We also launched an upgraded version of Vivaty Scenes in AIM.

As part of that release, there were a whole slew of new things. Here are just a handful (the feature list contained 21 new improvements and features!):

·         Great new content: New scene templates, and cool things to put in your scenes! Try out the BFF Frame and explore the new Beach Cabana!

·         Moods: Now you can demonstrate that pouty lip when your virtual girlfriend shows you the hand.

·         Facebook Notifications: There are a whole slew of new notifications you can send to your friends when you do things in your scene. This way, your friends can keep up with all your great changes, and know when to come check it out.

·         Invitations: During our private beta, you couldn’t add your buddies. Now, all your friends who have Vivaty will automatically show up in your Friends List. Additionally, you can now easily invite anyone to add Vivaty Scenes and create their own.

·         Better Sharing: We know it’s hard on some services to tell your friends to check out your place, and for them to figure out and find where that is. That’s why with our latest release, we turned on scene linking. All you have to do is copy the URL in your browser of your scene and paste it in an IM or email and your friend can come check out your pad. Heck, try it by checking out my scene here.

While we’re thrilled to bring these to you, we’re even more excited about what’s on the way. Let me tell you a little secret – you’re going to be seeing more frequent releases of new features and improvements. So if you love being the first person with the inside scoop, make sure to make daily visits into Vivaty and this blog to stay up to date! 

 On the immediate horizon: Firefox support! We know there are many Firefox fans, and we will bring you Vivaty Scenes in Firefox soon. (Btw, if you can’t wait that long, you can also use the IE Plugin for Firefox to give Vivaty a shot without leaving Firefox — you can see a snapshot of my Vivaty scene running in Firefox using the plugin.) We also have a great new feature coming out in a couple weeks to make the experience even more fun and social! And wait until you see the little friend you can soon adopt into your scenes.  

Outside of all the great features, we were very excited to see a couple new companies enter the virtual worlds space. It’s validation of the opportunity of immersive worlds to transform the online experience. This medium is a fantastic way for people to enhance and build engaging relationships with their friends that are more creative, social, interactive and exploratory than traditional online services to date. We’re thrilled to see other people and companies agree.

I’ve worked for more than a decade building online community services, and I continue to be amazed by the impact a rich visual, social and interactive experience can have upon the community and relationships. I look forward to working with the Vivaty community to help us chart the roadmap to bring that experience to life.

Thanks, and see you soon!

Mark Hull
VP Product

P.S. I’ve attached a picture from our launch party. We kicked it old school with some laser tag. You think we’re passionate about the immersive web? You should see us in the laser tag cage!

The Vivaty crew takes on all laser-tag comers

The Vivaty crew takes on all laser-tag comers




  1. That’s great Mark. You guys really have done a great job. I’m looking forward to seeing all the new developments and ‘goodies’ coming from the team.


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