What’s Coming with Google Wave

googlewave I’ve been down and out the last two days as I underwent a scheduled medical procedure. (Nothing urgent of threatening.) While recovering yesterday I tried to do some catch up on some news that had happened during the previous weeks while I was insanely busy running back and forth between two theatres directing two shows. One of the things I wanted to catch up on was Google Wave. Thanks to several sources I was able to spend some of my recovery time finding out a bit about Google Wave. Some call it ““what email would be if it was invented today,” some say it is the next big thing, some call it ““Gmail on crack..” Combining real time communication, email, and social networking, from what I’m seeing, Google Wave will change things in a big way once it comes out of private beta and starts splashing around. The real time features of Google Wave promise to be something that will change the way we interact and collaborate on the web in a big way.

If you want to find out more, there’s a lengthy video of the demo from Google after the jump (It runs about an hour and 20 minutes) and it makes for some intriguing viewing. There’s also a series of questions and answers in this Lifehacker post. Mashable also has some good info.

Comments

  1. Paul Harrigan says

    Warner,

    I hope all went well with the procedure.

    You’re right about Google Wave. However, I think the social communications and networks parts of it are the tip of the iceberg on that product. Its document creation capabilities are astounding, particularly if they find a way to blend it with Gears and/or Googledocs.

    If they succeed in what they are doing, this could revolutionize computing. I’d be quite nervous if I were in Redmond after seeing this (and I really wonder what we will see as a response!)

    Paul

  2. Paul Harrigan says

    Warner,

    I hope all went well with the procedure.

    You’re right about Google Wave. However, I think the social communications and networks parts of it are the tip of the iceberg on that product. Its document creation capabilities are astounding, particularly if they find a way to blend it with Gears and/or Googledocs.

    If they succeed in what they are doing, this could revolutionize computing. I’d be quite nervous if I were in Redmond after seeing this (and I really wonder what we will see as a response!)

    Paul
    Sorry, forgot to add great post! Can’t wait to see your next post!

  3. blash says

    “I’d be quite nervous if I were in Redmond after seeing this (and I really wonder what we will see as a response!)”

    They’re just going to take the open-sourced code and run their own Wave server under Federation – there’s not much else they can do.

    The presentation was AMAZING. Damn I want a Wave account. This will definitely supplant Facebook for a LOT of people until Facebook can implement some Wave-like features ala HTML 5. The Rosy app at the end was just icing on the cake – this is really, really powerful.

  4. Clavain says

    Interesting metaphor, “gmail on crack”. Presumably this means something good. I guess it means: it runs reallly fast.

    Interestingly I have never seen anyone on crack, and don’t wish too, but I can’t really believe it enhances proformance.

    Oh dear, I sound like an old fuddyduddy ;-)

    Clavain.

  5. Ben says

    i can’t wait. i hope the document features are really good. i’d love to start making “waves” instead of .docx files all over the damn place.

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