Google Wave: Real Time Communication and Collaboration
November 12th, 2009 by Casey Cheshire


Tonight, while watching Charlie run around the dog park, another owner (dog dada) mentioned Google Wave.  I shared his enthusiasm and we both expressed our interest in receiving an invitation to it!

An invitation? That’s because Google Wave is not released yetIt’s still in “Preview” mode.

This makes it great fodder for blogging- mystery, suspense, intrigue, drama, and technology!  But don’t let your guard down:

Google Wave is as much a new tool as it is a new way of thinking about old problems.

Do I have your attention now?  Good!  Confused? Even better!  You won’t be by the time you’re through reading this article.

Let me start by answering the #1 question (Sourced: Google):

What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together googlewavescreenshotwith richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

To sum up an extremely flexible and versatile concept into a few words is somewhat of a challenge.  I’m sure Google spent hours agonizing over their current tag line:

Real Time Communication and Collaboration.

It’s important to keep in mind it’s a platform more than a single program.  What this means to you is that while the immediate uses of Wave are similiar to a combination of email and instant messaging, the long term implications are still widely undeveloped.  The platform has been created to be very open and flexible, so that programmers (they like to be called developers these days) can build all sorts of integrated programs (called Robots and Gadgets) into Wave.

Right now it’s a dynamic way to communicate and share.  It’s real time and has quite a few features (such as voting) that remind me of current collaboration tools like Confluence.

There are two videos I like that discuss Wave further:

This is a topic that we’ll be \/\/atching closely to see what it evolves into!

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