Saturday, November 14, 2009

Caught a Wave

I just got invited to test out the new Google Wave today. I have absolutely no idea what to do with it.

For those that don't know what it is, it seems to be a mix between an instant messenger, Email, and a Wiki.

It's an IM service in that you can talk real time. It's Email similar to how Gmail works in that it keeps things as a thread and all posts in a topic are connected. And it's a Wiki in such that anyone can edit anything in the thread, including something someone else has written.

It's supposed to be used as a tool for collaboration and I can see how it could be pretty nifty. If I were still a student doing research, I think this would be a great way to bring together a research project. But alas, I'm not and I can't really see a good way for this to be put into use for me. This sums up how I feel about the Wave right now.

Does anyone else hereabouts have it or have any thoughts?

4 comments:

TheOtherOne said...

Me too. I got the invite, and I signed up in order to look at it. But I can't conceive of any non-work (or, for students, non-school) purpose for it ... And there's NO WAY I'd be allowed to use it for work purposes - we're all about firewalls....

Kaessa said...

Put with:public into your search bar. There are a bajillion public waves available to try out. That should get you started. :)

laura w said...

I usually work with web-based applications like http://www.showdocument.com
I use it for sharing my designs and documents with partners and clients,
but i guess it can used for other purposes too. If you're looking for a free solution you should check it out.
- Laura W.

Kaessa said...

Put with:public into your search bar. There are a bajillion public waves available to try out. That should get you started. :)