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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."
Has anyone got the invite?
Who will be first to go for it in a big way apart from Google? (remembering that it's being open-sourced)
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.
Is it just me or does it seem like an insanely complex system to an issue that really isn't a problem?
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).
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.
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!