Thursday, May 28, 2009

Google Wave: Tsunami Or Just A Ripple In The Real Time Ocean?

Big Wave SurfingImage by thelastminute via Flickr

Although Microsoft unveiled their new search engine Bing today, the new communication platform from Google has really made a splash!

Yesterday Google highlighted how it sees the web heading towards the HTML 5 standard, today brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the original creators of Google Maps, unveiled their latest project; Google Wave which is a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web today!
“Wave is what email would look like if it were invented today.” ~ Lars Rasmussen
Basically if you want to communicate with someone you create a wave, exactly the same process as sending an email with your contacts receiving the wave in their inbox. What differs is the replies are embedded into the wave and displayed in context [image]
Effectively, a message (a wave) is a shared communications space with elements drawn from email, instant messaging, social networking, and even wikis. Tim O'Reilly
What's impressive about waves is that if you are online with your contacts, the wave acts like an instant message but instead of seeing '... is typing a message' the characters are seen as they are typed. What's even better is that whenever you are added to the wave you can playback the whole conversation as it evolves and even edit the other messages!

This is definitely an ambitious concept and being an active Friendfeed user I only wish that the service had this functionality. Once this is fully released later this year though who's to say that it won't be integrated as Google are releasing the Wave API for developers to innovate and build around the concept. That's right for now you can only sign up to be notified when Google Wave launches but I'm already really excited for the launch!!

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