May 28, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Google Wave is ridiculously cool. That’s the impression shared by many in attendance today at Google I/O, and there’s good reason for so many people to be impressed.
Wave is a real-time and reviewable communication/data sharing tool. It converges messages from contacts, snapshots, feeds, and more. Google’s latest innovation is designed to be a place for project sharing and everyday contact that occurs in “waves” (contained networks/projects).
Google explains Wave as such:
- A user creates a wave and then adds people to it
- Everyone riding that wave can then add “richly-formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web.”
- Users can reply to each addition of the wave or revise it directly (a log is maintained to let everyone “rewind the wave and see how it evolved.”)
- Entered text is displayed instantly and users can see what others are typing even before they submit.
According to tweets posted during the conference’s unveiling, there will be an Android app for Wave. The app will keep up with Wave activities on-the-go in the event that users need to add to, read, or revise a wave from their mobile phone.
The lazy way to describe Wave would be to call it a Twitter-Google Docs-Wiki-Google Reader-GoogleTalk-etc-etc mash-up. However, there’s obviously more to it than that. Wave can be a platform for collaborative work among people in different parts of a building or world. Having used a similar service in a professional setting before, I can say there are some virtues to being able to keep up with people within a virtual network.
Sure, the last thing the world needs is yet another way to connect, but this could prove to be a better way to communicate. The service I referred to earlier (that shall remain nameless) was buggy, illogical, and had as many shortcomings as virtues. Wave shows the early signs of being something that service was trying to be.