Google Wave was launched on the 28th May, 2009 at the ‘Google’s I/O Developer conference’ in San Francisco. It has been developed by a team working in Sydney, Australia. Which consist of two brothers, Jens and Lars Rasmussen and has Stephanie Hannon as the lead project manager, all of whom were previously involved in Google Maps.
What it is Google Wave?
It is a new platform for communication and collaboration on the web in real time coming later this year. I can’t wait!
It is based on a “Wave”, a different way to communicate by integrating many of the tools we are currently using such as email, maps, videos, photos, blogs and chats in just one interface. So, we can create a wave and invite our collaborators to join the conversation by giving them access to send simple messages and edit the wave directly. Truly Impressive.
It combines some of people’s favourite aspects of email, instant messaging, wikis, blogs, chats, projects and social networks. There’s even a twitter client (Twave robot) – you can tweet into and out of a wave!
The following are few of the cool features from the demo:
- Real Time: Drop photos onto a wave and see the thumbnails appear on the other person’s machine before the full upload is finished. Just watch the demo to view this
- Embeddability: The waves can be embedded in any blog or site
- Drag and Drop: Wave lets you drag and drop files directly onto its interface
- Open Source, Applications and extensions: With open APIs developers will be able to create different applications for the waves. There will be plenty volunteers.
The API has been used to build a bunch of cool extensions such as:
- Bloggy, a blog client, lets you make a blog post as a wave
- Linky is a link-recognition engine that is clever enough to recognize that the link you just entered is a YouTube video
- Buggy, a bug-reporting tool that can also be a participant in a wave
- Bidder, You can turn a wave into your own eBay
- Wiki Functionality: anything within the Google Wave can be edited by other members
- Playback: We will able to reproduce any part of the wave to keep track of what is being said or done and to see how it evolved
- Translation: Wave has the capacity of autocorrecting and translating in real time, which allows collaborative work among people that don’t share the same language
- Spell Checker: an extension called Spelly which uses the entire corpus of the web as its dictionary
Google Wave is promising to change the scope in: Education, e-learning, collaborative projects, companies and organizations, as it can be the most popular tool to create Personal Learning Environment or Personal Learning Networks.
Could Google Wave really redefine web communication? We’re going to have to wait a while though to find out, as this product is still under development. Right now it’s only available to a select group of developers who attended Google I/O conference and have an account to create their own Wave servers. I’m sure there will a lot of articles on the web keeping us informed of the development process, pros and cons.
If you want to find out more about Google Wave, allow yourself some time to watch the full demo, then you will be able to understand why people are extremely excited.