Got an invite to try out Google Wave.
Google Wave is "a personal communication and collaboration tool" from Google. It is a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking. It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide, for example, robust spelling/grammar checking, automated translation between 40 languages, and numerous other extensions. – Wikipedia
For me, its a micro-blogging service from google, that is out to compete with the likes of twitter and plurk with all the google stuff/apps under the Company’s umbrella.
When I first used it, I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to make a new conversation or as google puts it.. a new WAVE.
In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave.
A wave can be a text, a picture, a video, or anything. You star a wave then your contacts (with Google wave) can reply on it – Imagine the thread of discussion in Google mail.
Collaboration is what Google wave would most likely be of best service to its users. Google says it will be easy to exchange ideas. However, when I tried to have a “chat” with 3 more wavers…. I found it difficult to follow the replies when all of us started typing simultaneously. Imagine how hard it would be when 20 people are “talking” at the same time. Also, i found it difficult to view the recent replies after I close the topic. In addition, its easy to add people in a wave, but I think there’s no way to delete them.
But Google wave becomes better when you use extensions.. from the word itself, it extends the functions of the product. Like currently, you can put interactive Google maps on your waves. There’s also the yes/no/maybe gadget where you can get the pulse of your contacts for a specific topic. I’,m sure Google will put more extensions and I’m excited what features they will bring to Google wave.
I wonder how do I invite or nominate people to Google Wave. If you get invited, you can use Google wave on Android phones and on the Google Chrome Browser. Using Google wave with other browsers will render it… useless.