Google Wave

Jeff Pulver, the producer of the 140 Conferences mentioned he was sending invitations to use the Google Wave service to everybody who attended the 140 Conferences.  So, I signed up to use Wave a month ago after receiving Pulver’s invite.  Wave icon

Well, I searched around on my Google Wave account for a while and didn’t find anybody I knew using it. So,  my Wave account sat idle for a few weeks — Waves would seem to need other people to really show their stuff.

Not sure when — didn’t see a date on the message — but Google later sent me 30 invitations to use Google Wave that I could pass on to other people.

I figured the collaborative utility that Wave afforded its users might be of some use to Contributors at The Bloggers’ Bulletin. So, I sent the invitations around to as many BB Contributors as I could.

If you are looking for more information on what Google Wave is, the following links might give you a range of perspectives:

  1. Google’s explanation of Wave
  2. Wikipedia on Wave
  3. Mashable’s  “Complete Guide” to Wave
  4. Tech Crunch’s more critical take on Wave: “Why Google Wave…”
  5. FT/techblog: Google Wave “is anti-Web”

How would I describe Wave?  As the product of one corporate group’s reanalysis of Email itself given the web tools, broadband connectivity, cheaper server space, real-time web interaction, social media and viral communications that have emerged on the scene for web users in the last 15-20 years.   However, you might have an easier time simply describing Wave as, well,  “Wave.”

  2 comments for “Google Wave

  1. December 2, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I’ve been wondering what all the buzz is surrounding Google Wave so I really appreciate your post and the links that you included! Thank you for helping me to understand what Google Wave is and how it works!

  2. December 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    You’re certainly welcome, Blase.

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