Has the time for 3-D social networking finally arrived?

Since Second life seems to have lost it’s luster, I’ve not heard much of 3-D virtual worlds. Then today I saw mention of three different 3-D virtual worlds. Robert Scoble had this post on Vivaty. Michael Arrington had this post on an agreement between IBM and Second Life. This is the first I’d heard about IBM’s efforts in a 3-D virtual world. Mike also had this post on Google’s entry into 3-d virtual worlds, called Lively.

So with all that buzz in one day, maybe this is it’s time? Some of these look more promising than Second Life as a virtual world, since they seem to have ways to overcome the limitations in Second Life. Time will tell.

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