Google Wave, the much-anticipated, newest addition to the Google family, is expected to change e-mail and Internet collaboration as we know it. A “wave” is an interactive conversation that you create with other users. Think of it as a Word document to which you can add infinite collaborators … or a brainstorming session, automatically transferred into an online conversation.
In addition to typing text, you can share photos, videos, links, maps, surveys and more – all in one convenient space. The fact that the application is live makes it ideal for working remotely. The features provide the opportunity to plan everything from a presentation to an event in one centralized location, rather than sorting through a mess of e-mail trails.
Lars Rasmussen, among others, put together a demonstration using the Declaration of Independence – and how it might have come together, had our founders been using Wave. The example makes use of the playback option, real-time text editing and ability to add multiple collaborators.
It seems the jury is still out on Google Wave, and it will probably remain that way until it is fully released to the public. In the meantime, some think it blurs the line between fun and function, while others see exciting potential.
Although Wave is still available only through limited release, current users were given a small number of invitations to share. Leave a comment on this post to receive one of our ten invites – and we can ride the wave together.