Chat Rooms Return—in 3-D

New companies try to bring real-time socializing back to web
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2008 11:11 AM CDT
Chat Rooms Return—in 3-D
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to press and advertising partners, November 6, 2007. A new company will start testing 3-D virtual chat rooms on Facebook this week.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

A group of Silicon Valley startups is looking to bring the "social" back into social-networking and other popular websites, the New York Times reports. Vivaty is developing 3-D virtual chat rooms users can embed in web pages—including social-networking profiles—and will begin Facebook testing this week. And Meebo’s 2-D chat rooms, launched last year, have proliferated fast.

Facebook, meanwhile, is also planning to introduce live chat, startup TokBox offers live video chat, and a variety of live video-streaming services incorporate chat as well. “A lot of basic human communication needs have been lost in this age of siloed, one-to-one communications,” argued one venture capitalist. “At the end of the day, we are a social species.” (More internet stories.)

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