Google Wave


by Tonja Rogers-Williams

Google Wave is a new communication tool on the web designed by the same team that created Google Maps.  The design is not complete at this time and Google is asking for ideas and application development to make the tool better.   It is set to launch in 2010, but the exact date is not published. 

Google Wave is a combination of email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking and project management for communication and collaboration.  A Wave is equal parts Document and Conversation, Live, and Shared.  Here are some of the product features.

  • Real time – you can see the message, character by character.  
  • Embedability – can be embedded into websites or blogs.
  • Application and Extensions – real time gaming as one example.
  • Wiki functionality – group editing.
  • Open source – foster innovation and competition.
  • Play back, auto spell check, drag and drop file sharing. 

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3 responses to “Google Wave

  1. I just wanted to add how it works.
    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. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

  2. Before now, I was unaware of Google Wave and all of its features. After reading about it and being introduced to it in class, I am looking foward to exploring it.

  3. Antionette Campbell

    I am very interested in what Google Wave have to offer. After Tonja introduce this piece of information in class and actually going to the article about it; I am ready to become more savy with technology. I am a Generation X woman, it may take time for me to get use to new technology, but when I get into the groove of it I am all over it!

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