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Google Wave to be released to 100,000 testers

     
1:13 am on Sep 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The Web application from Google Inc. combines elements of e-mail, chat, Wiki documents, blogs and photo-sharing sites to create a form of Internet communication called a "hosted conversation," or a "wave."

Read [edition.cnn.com]

Has anyone got the invite?

3:03 am on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure you will find a few invites on eBay tomorrow morning much like the gmail invite days.
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Hoping to get lucky, have a client that i think could really use wave ... so I wont to play with it ...
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There is 100.000 people with nothing better to do than play with another-and-even-more-complicated social network?
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Take it all and mash-it up in one, more complicated, confusing and ultimately useless tool. People don't get their Facebook messages anymore, people have hundreds of unread emails, our blog posts aren't read anymore, and everyone including our grand parents is chatting in different systems. The only thing people do is peak on other's photos. Wave will make it all better, I am sure.
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Although some/many people may disagree, I think that Wave will be a game changer in many different areas. Think about collaboration between colleagues, allowing easier acces to (and updating of) time sensitive Business Intelligence. Also, I think a lot of people are underestimating the amount of communication that happens online/via phones between teenagers (the credit card holders of the future) and how important communication is to them. I think that there will be several different but huge ways in which wave is deployed.

Who will be first to go for it in a big way apart from Google? (remembering that it's being open-sourced)

2:20 pm on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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The technology is very impressive, but Google is very wise to open-source it. Someone has got to figure out how and where to put a handle on Wave where people can use it easily. And it makes someone money.

This is the kind of thing that I typically get involved in, but honestly I just can't vision asking my people to pour resources into it without a clear payback.

I wonder if this is one of those projects where it would have so much public benefit potential that government funding would be appropriate. In agriculture, for example, Google Wave could be used by the state and federal Cooperative Extension Service. Not that they would--they barely use the web now. USDA really hasn't discovered the Internet.

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There is 100.000 people with nothing better to do than play with another-and-even-more-complicated social network?

yea when i 1st read it i thought, oh great lets take all the junky parts of the web put them in one place and make it social.

huray?

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Is it just me or does it seem like an insanely complex system to an issue that really isn't a problem?
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Is it just me or does it seem like an insanely complex system to an issue that really isn't a problem?

OR

It could be that the "problem" isn't actually a problem - it's just an opportunity to do something in a different or better way. People will never stop wanting to communicate (and influence the opinion of others, even if those others are friends and the influence is about a subject that is fleeting or inane to others; influencing people in a monetisable context is well established... we call that selling or marketing and I can't see that stopping either).

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I got a developer sandbox account right after the IO conference. Got all excited and everything, sadly no time to play with it. It's just one more thing to develop for, taking a wait and see attitude for now...

Tend to agree with the "too much complexity" comments above.

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it's just an opportunity to do something in a different or better way

I would love for someone to explain how this is better? I love collaboration but i tend to draw the line that collaboration works when people are willing to make it work and for me, wave sort of forces it upon you in a very cluttered and chaotic fashion.

I'm more than happy to see how wave turns out, but call me stubborn, i don't see any ambition to develop for it or even use it. Just another layer of complexity if you ask me.

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The screenshot shown in the article looks like what would happen if Flickr threw up on Facebook :p

On a serious note though, it seems like this would potentially be more useful to companies, open source projects, organizations, etc. then it would be to the average web user. I.e. it may be a step up from using "WebEx/GoTo Meeting + IM + Word and Excel Documents + Outlook" to manage collaborative projects, but I don't want my friends editing my emails as I'm trying to compose them!

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Personally, I think wave is waayyyy over the head of the average Joe. It seems more like geek-thing to me.
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I think this is a game changer - absolutely huge commercial potential!
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I see lots of tweets on wave invites, but not the actual software.. has it been released yet?
5:17 pm on Oct 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Byron, it's hosted and runs in your browser. Are you talking about the GW framework / federation protocol? Here: [waveprotocol.org...]