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Google Wave

A new model for communication and collaboration on the web

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Brief and Simple Overview of Google Wave

  • Dec 2, 2009
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Since most people are nerds or wannabe nerds lately (or almost forcibly nerds due to the ever-growing world of technology), I suspect that most of you have heard the term "Google Wave" in the recent months. It started out as a small murmur amongst techies and is gradually becoming more and more talk-worthy. Not everyone cares to understand or use this new process of online communication, but with inundation of social media in today's society, even internet novices are curiously asking the question "what is Google Wave?". The most basic thing to know about Wave, is that it is much like your regular, everyday emailing, but in real-time. What does "real-time" mean in web terms? Real-time just means that you can communicate back and forth with people, and see the entire communication piece at that exact moment. This is important for businesses to gain instant knowledge on any projects being worked on, news they need to know about, and any other information that is necessary to conduct the current activities within the work-load. They can communicate with each other within the wave, all at the same time, without having to forward emails or attach recipients to each individual email. Additionally, Google Wave reduces inbox clutter and the unnecessary space taken up on your computer. I almost think of the entire concept as a chat room, minus the spam (yet, let's keep our fingers crossed) and with the ability to filter user contacts. There are many other feature's to Google's new beta concept, but just like you, I am still learning the ropes myself. While it is still testing in beta, the only way to get Wave is by invitation. Below are two brief video tutorial's to help you get started. The first video I found on YouTube of what I believe is the simplest and most fun description of Google Wave. The second video is a more detailed description with further explanation of the main features and tools. Happy learning nerdies!

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December 02, 2009
Glad that you're liking Google Wave!  I've been on it for a few weeks now and it's still confusing to me, but I dig the concept of it and sure it'll improve.  They're Google, afterall!  By the way, you can actually embed those videos so that others can see them more easily, just like I embedded videos into my Google Wave review ;)
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review by . October 21, 2009
Google Wave
In an earlier review of Getting Productive with Google Apps, I wrote about how great working on the cloud can be and how revolutionary the concept of the cloud was for smaller businesses.  Well, time to take your head out of the clouds for a minute and go on a surf on Google's latest, potentially revolutionary project, The Wave.        The Wave is actually just another part of the cloud, but unlike most other cloud computing mediums, it also has a social media aspect …
review by . October 14, 2009
A private "preview" was given out earlier this week.      Google has always been on the cutting edge of technology. They've been innovating how the internet works... from Gmail to Google Maps.      But this time, Google has created a whole new beast on its own.      Wave is a communications tool.  It allows multiple users to collaborate on a single "wave"--a topic, item, or whatever--in real time.     …
review by . December 01, 2009
Okay... I'm going against the grain here and stating that I don't get it.  I simply do not get the hype surrounding Google Wave.  After figuring out that you had to have an invite (yeah I got one - thanks B3) and sitting through the most boring, over an hour (you read that right) tutorial, I sat down to give it a go.  It reminds me of an early-day AOL chat room gone bad converged with a modern-day wiki-like communications environment.  Dare I call this Chatiki? …
review by . November 13, 2009
Did not get to use most of its features, just a brief chat with devora , but it is very similar to an old chat program we used to use before the year 2000 called PowWow where you could actually see the words people type as they type them. A little weird but familiar to me at the same time. The wave can also be persistant and other people can read it too, which is interesting, it can also play video inside as well, so its great for sharing links and just BSing with friends.      …
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
future of communication and calibration!
review by . March 27, 2010
 Google wave is one of the best e-mail clients because it is not only a e-mail but messenger as well in a way. This changes the way we will talk to each other and will change how we get together simply by using widgets.       Google wave uses widgets/bots to make make stuff easier for all of us, for example if you want to know who will be coming to the to a wedding, you can just add the yes or no gadgets to your wave and people can click yes no or maybe instead of responding …
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
Need major work still. but a good idea.
Quick Tip by . February 28, 2010
For now, it gets a +1. Brilliant app, but learning curve is too high. Once someone else learns how to use it, I can move my rating up.
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2009
Love the concept, but after using it a bit more, it just looks like a big mess. Guess that's what being in beta's for!
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2009
I see the potential for Google Wave to change the way we communicate on the Web, but I've yet to figure out exactly how!
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Hi. I'm Heather Marie Poitras, or as most of you on the internet know me, Heather Skills. I'm a 26-year-old Journalist from Boston, Massachusetts with an undying love of music, fashion, writing, and acting. … more
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Google Wave is a product coming soon that helps users communicate and collaborate on the web.

A "wave" is equal parts conversation and document, where users can instantly communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. The concurrency control technology will let participants reply anywhere in the message, edit the content at the same time and add participants at any point in the process. The program also allows anyone to rewind the wave to see how it has evolved.

Google Wave is also a platform with a rich set of open APIs that allow developers to embed waves in other web services and to build extensions that work inside waves.

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