Google Wave is a Giant Social Noticeboard

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.

  • 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
  • hallic7
    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
  • bungee91
    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!
  • IronRyan21
    I like googles effort here.
  • andyviant
    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)
  • suppliesidejesus
    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.
  • 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.
  • YES! Destroy Twitter pl0x :3
  • bigbrother
    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.
  • grieve
    It does sound pretty good...

    I would assume a person can still browse in privacy as well? Some things are better.. not shared :)