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Google Wave – what now?

Tweet So I’ve been fortunate (?) enough to be part of the Google Wave roll out and I’ve spent some time playing with it. This isn’t going to be a long post there are enough other posts for that on the web – you can find some of them here: Google Wave – Full of [...]

So I’ve been fortunate (?) enough to be part of the Google Wave roll out and I’ve spent some time playing with it. This isn’t going to be a long post there are enough other posts for that on the web – you can find some of them here:

This post however is my quick thoughts:

  • Google Wave is a well executed, well designed system for communication
  • It is a mixture of IM (skype, GTalk) and email. It’s almost email in real time in that you can see other members typing things – you can edit these messages as the arrive. These are called Waves
  • “Waves” are ‘recorded’ in a time line so you can play it back and see the edits in sequence
  • There are some nice features, include Google Maps in a “Wave”, or a YouTube video, and a Yes No Maybe module
  • That’s it
  • Yeap that’s it

So umm sure you can share files (but so can email), you can … umm … well … actually, you can’t do much more than that. At least not yet. As a platform it’s interesting and shows some merit, but as a solution right now it’s …. well … basic to say the least.

I can’t even integrate my Google Docs into Waves, I can’t really do much with it. Yes I have friends in there and yes we are using it in context of discussing things… well discussing Google Wave.

So there is a lot of hoo-har over Google Wave, and I do believe that the technology has merit, however I’d have thought & I was expecting more, much more. I’m not actually all that blown away (yet).

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