Gay Guide Website is First to Use 3D Chat

An all new guide to lesbian and gay life in central London is now online. It is the first site of its type to utilise the new 3D chat system from Google, Lively. Gay Soho is the culmination of months of work collecting information about the variety of gay pubs, clubs, shops and services in and around Soho.

London, United Kingdom, October 25, 2008 --( The chat room is based on a two storey coffee shop, complete with comfy leather sofas and an espresso machine. Users join the room and can create their own online avatar (3D version of themselves) and chat to other users in the room. On the walls are galleries from Pride London 2008 and other gay events. Users can interact with other avatars with hilarious animations for dancing, hugging and even judo. The chat room is entirely free to use and can be found on the main menu on at the top of the screen.

Google launched the Lively service earlier in 2008 and has proven a popular way to engage users in chat instead of a standard text chat room or forum.

"I believe the 3D chat room brings a new element of interaction and fun to the website, it's great to see so many people make use of it" comments Gay Soho editor Tom Faull. He continues to explain the need for the site, "There are plenty of sites covering gay life in London, however a lot of them are out of date, listing venues that are no longer open. With Gay Soho we have kept it simple with concise, neat listings for each venue and links to official sites where appropriate. I have spent the last week setting up the chat room, deciding where to place the furniture, pot plants and carpet colours. It's a chance for my inner-interior designer to come out!".

So, whether you want to look up the details of a new gay bar or fancy chatting with the locals in the 3D chat room, give the website a try and see what you think of Tom's handy work.

Gay Soho
Tom Faull
0845 388 6328