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Google Wave is a Giant Social Noticeboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

Despite Microsoft’s Bing announcement yesterday, an awful lot of folks are talking about Google.

Google yesterday unveiled Wave to developers at Google I/O, describing it as what email might look like if it had been invented today, as opposed to in the 1960s. Google’s Wave will combine an Internet browser, instant messaging, wikis, photo sharing, and e-mail.

Google’s aim is that people will use Wave to simplify the way people exchange ideas and information across the web. In a blog post yesterday, developers at Google said there was one big question left unanswered, “What else can Google do with this?” Which in turn made us ask, “You want it to do more?!”

As it stand the whole idea seems really complicated and messy. “You create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly,” explains Wave developer Lars Rasmussen. “It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication,” he continued. “You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.”

You might need a moment to digest all that and try and picture what exactly is supposed to be happening inside your browser. It's basically a giant Facebook wall or noticeboard where you and all your friends can look at the same collage of information, photos, links and messages. Leaving aside the fact that Google is looking for suggestions as to how to make this application do more, we’re not exactly feeling the social networking side of Google. First it was asking us to make our own Google profiles and now it’s developing what seems like some kind of monster Twitter. What do you guys make of the idea? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    hallic7 , May 29, 2009 4:02 PM
    Wow!!! Search Engine, Google Earth/Ocean, Browser, Desktop apps(gadgets), chat system, email, advertisements, docs, analytics, phones, social networks, OS!!! (What I'm missing??)

    Google is taking over the IT earth!!! :o 
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    Anonymous , May 29, 2009 3:58 PM
    Looks awesome, I mean, this is exactly how the whole thing should be done, I like facebook but there is no comparaison, I want to create a wave to share relevant info with relevant people, not navigate through a bunch of news about the stupid quizz my friends are taking
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    hallic7 , May 29, 2009 4:02 PM
    Wow!!! Search Engine, Google Earth/Ocean, Browser, Desktop apps(gadgets), chat system, email, advertisements, docs, analytics, phones, social networks, OS!!! (What I'm missing??)

    Google is taking over the IT earth!!! :o 
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    bungee91 , May 29, 2009 4:03 PM
    Looks convenient, and for a lot of people that is needed.
    Instead of using multiple programs to do a bunch of stuff you use one.
    For me not needed but may try, others it may just be what their looking for!
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    IronRyan21 , May 29, 2009 4:04 PM
    I like googles effort here.
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    andyviant , May 29, 2009 4:10 PM
    I guess i'm just not getting this. So i make a wave and invite a few friends. We get some good stuff shared/conversations going/plans made. One of them wants to share that with a friend and adds them to the wave -- and again, and so forth. Soon you've got a pool of stuff, with just as much clutter as is now on facebook, and as many people that you don't REALLY know, and it becomes useless. I used FB all the time when it was just pics/messages for students. Now it's useless unless you want to broadcast information about your own awesomeness (no one cares)
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    suppliesidejesus , May 29, 2009 4:28 PM
    I think that Google needs to calm down and stop trying to be the best at everything ever. Nobody likes a showoff, especially one that started out simply as a search engine.

    Color me unimpressed.
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    Anonymous , May 29, 2009 5:01 PM
    I think it sounds really neat. It doesn't matter if it takes off, or flops. The key is they are pushing big changes. People challenging the norm generally help things along. If its no good, people won't use it. I have a feeling that it will take off and be huge.
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    Anonymous , May 29, 2009 5:11 PM
    YES! Destroy Twitter pl0x :3
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    bigbrother , May 29, 2009 5:23 PM
    I think people need to move away from the monitor and go learn how to talk to people...face-to-face. We are creating a generation of socially and mentally depraved people through the over-use of Texting, Facebook, TWITter, and the like. The last thing we need as yet another reason to physically and emotionally isolate ourselves from one another. $0.02 deposited.
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    grieve , May 29, 2009 5:49 PM
    It does sound pretty good...

    I would assume a person can still browse in privacy as well? Some things are better.. not shared :) 
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    ceteras , May 29, 2009 7:07 PM
    microsoft, apple, google, all of them constantly try to change the way we use computers...
    but I think google has the best solutions at it. the others make me feel that their changes go less towards helping me being more efficient, and more towards helping them in their quest for a greater market share and control.
    nice job, google!
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    doomtomb , May 29, 2009 7:29 PM
    So Google is basically making a competitor to Twitter and Facebook? Why not just make Google Wave and integration of all the existing social networks instead of starting fresh as a competitor. Ex: I use Pigdin as a program to combine all my IMs, it has support for X-fire, Facebook IM, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, etc. The only thing I'm missing from that is Steam.
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    ceteras , May 29, 2009 7:39 PM
    You shouldn't voice your opinion before you actually know what this is about.
    Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UyVmITiYQ&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwave.google.com%2F&feature=player_embedded

    This is a great idea coming from google, and I already see how it can help coordinating teams better and easier. Cheers!
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    eyemaster , May 29, 2009 8:01 PM
    Looks like what MS Sharepoint Services is trying to do but better, right?
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    Anonymous , May 30, 2009 12:01 AM
    How many times have you and five other coworkers argued in e-mail about some particular aspect of your work, attaching documents, editing documents, inline comments, replies, side-instant-message-sessions, etc.? You do this when looking at sales opportunties; deciding on your marketing campaign; arranging for catering at your next business lunch; writing a technical spec; doing customer support.

    What happens when three weeks later you try to remember what your decision was? Or who has the last most authoritative version of that design document? You've got to search your Exchange e-mail in your Outlook client to find it, because nobody put the final result in your file share. Or nobody updated the Wiki.

    Google-Wave solves all that. The entire history of your entire argument. With cross-links between waves in wiki-like fashion. This product will kick bunda.
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    Anonymous , May 30, 2009 7:09 AM
    I worked for some years as a technical writer. Wave has promise of being *the* app for tech writing, especially if developers get on board and add complex formatting ability (things like multiple nested numbered lists--something Microsoft Word *still* gets wrong).

    This has every possibility to be the first true "killer app" in many years.
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    Milleman , May 31, 2009 3:25 AM
    Google is great! :) 
    I don't know why, but I always get the feeling that Google is closer and in a way at same side as its users. Not, for example Microsoft, where it feels like as they are trying to force the users over to the Microsoft's side. Google feels like a friendly company indeed!
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    norbs , June 1, 2009 7:06 AM
    MillemanGoogle is great! I don't know why, but I always get the feeling that Google is closer and in a way at same side as its users. Not, for example Microsoft, where it feels like as they are trying to force the users over to the Microsoft's side. Google feels like a friendly company indeed!


    Lol i know the feeling your describing, it's basically google lures you with a good product while microsoft throws it in your face and tries to get you to get used to it and hopefully you will keep using it.

    Kinda how MSN.com is your browser default homepage and Live is your default search provider. I know it's their product but it just feels like something that is forced upon you and not something you would pick over the competition.
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    axilon , June 1, 2009 8:59 AM
    Microsoft only holds me in their steel jaws because of directx.
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    zodiacfml , June 1, 2009 9:02 AM
    reading the article and have not tried Wave, this seems an easier to way to interact and communicate in a specific group or interest with a moderate amount of active daily users, probably less than one hundred daily members.
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