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Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) June 8, 2005
Gogofrog Ltd Pty, a Melbourne based Web services company, has announced the launch of Gogofrog.com, a unique "3D Web Space" hosting service where navigation is through three-dimensional rooms and doorways using keyboard arrow keys, with conventional point and click menu as support navigation.
"I don't accept the common position that the Web should be confined to two dimensions," says Gogofrog Co-founder Vincent Teubler. "It was only as a result of developers challenging 2D conventions that we have witnessed the massive expansion in the global computer game industry."
Teubler likens Gogofrog's 3D Web Space in its present form to the early days of games. "I remember when the visual interfaces of 3D games were little more than wire frames of three-dimensional objects," he says. "But that didn't prevent millions of people from getting thrills and high levels of satisfaction from them. Once they consciously entered the virtual 3D space, they were hooked. And that's the best way to understand what the Gogofrog 3D Web Space is all about," he continues. "We're in the early stage now, but we've made something that works, is fun, and gaining a lot of support. Just like the 3D gaming pioneers, we will keep improving the visual experience as well as expanding the content offerings. Our evolutionary path has already been somewhat layed out for us by the gaming world. The rich 3D experience that you currently experience in games will soon be yours on the web. But we have whole new evolutionary lines we will be striving to include in our users' experiences such as video and even podcasting."
The Gogofrog 3D Web Space service was launched in April 2005, and more than 1000 users from around the globe built webspaces within the first month alone. The service is free and all a user need do to build his or her own Gogofrog webspace is input a username & password, provide an e-mail address, then follow a few simple site-construction steps that include choosing from a set of templates to get started quickly.
Members can design a series of rooms and populate them with the same kind of content available to conventional Web sitesÂbut with the third dimension; Photo galleries in which to display photos or artwork on the walls, or a writer's studio in which to publish original works of fiction or nonfiction, news reports or blog-style commentary with links,or a meeting room where likeminded individuals can gather to engage in discussion forums or a current events library with RSS feeds of favorite blog and news headlines.
"We've included all of the basic content that people want for their own Web sites," explains Teubler, "but with that unique third dimension that makes a stronger virtual connection to the real world that we all inhabit. And from the comments we've received from members so far, many are getting a real kick out of it, either through the establishment of an original webspace for themselves or their businesses, or as a supplementary 3D area that compliments an existing standard Web site."
Teubler maintains that ease of use is central to GogofrogÂs software ethos. ÂBeyond the whole 3D space concept," he explains, "a great deal of time has gone into ensuring that the experience is an easy one and the best proof of that lies in the number of younger and older members we are getting that are finding it very simple to not only get started but build out their 3D Web Spaces.Â
He continues, ÂFrom that perspective alone we stand out, given that a member can update his or her Gogofrog Web Space simply with text, images and more, pretty much in real time. It's quite a neat little trick, and can even empower small businesses in unique ways."
Gogofrog's ethos of "simplicity of use" extends to the hosting operation which is based on the Application Service Provider model, where the user need not download or install anything to get started. There's nothing technical to learn, either. The user's URL is generated automatically via the sign-up procedure, and the site modification process requires nothing more than the ability to click on things or input text or select files for upload.
The creative expertise of Creative Director Lorenzo Lorefice and technical talent of R&D Engineer Glenn Mitchell have combined to bring the Gogofrog service to market in less than a year. "We chose to develop in Flash," explains Lorefice, "because it works well, and because most every Internet user has either got the plug-in or can get it easily enough. Plus there's a lot of built in flexibility for unlimited future development, especially considering there are over a million registered Flash developers around the world. But in the meantime," he continues, "Gogofrog.com is live on the Web right now and people from all over the globe are enjoying the service."
Besides the 3D Web Space, Gogofrog.com provides visitors with "Gogolab," a sneak peek at what's on the Gogofrog R&D drawing board, ÂGogoboostÂ and ÂDesign Forum," resources designed to help members build exceptional Web Spaces and learn how and where to build their visitor numbers, and "3Demented," a blog that keeps members and visitors alike abreast with whatÂs hot in the ever expanding world of 3D.
About Gogofrog Ltd Pty
Gogofrog Ltd Pty of Melbourne, Australia was established in April 2005 to offer 3D Web services to non-technically minded people. Founded by CEO Vincent Teubler, Creative Director Lorenzo Lorefice and R&D wunderkind Glenn Mitchell, Gogofrog's first offering is the 3D Web Space hosting service Gogofrog.com. The company's mission is to attract a community of enthusiastic 3D Web Space users as well as developers who will help expand and evolve the concept into a viable three-dimensional niche on the Web. Visit Gogofrog on the Web at http://www.gogofrog.com
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