Having a nice Wave

Well I've had the opportunity to play with Wave for a few days...

Mmm, what can I say? It's good, I can see the potential...but nothing much will happen until quite a lot of other people I know get it as well.

The conversations are updated pretty quickly and you can see people doing things (editing your spelling mistakes, deleting pictures of cute kittens you've posted) in almost real time. Interestingly that is something Sir Tim Berners-Lee mentioned to me in an interview recently (look out for the video soon) - that he wanted the web to be a lot more collaborative in real time - well Wave is drifting in the right direction.

Obviously at this stage it's a bit buggy - I initially used it in IE - but it kept kicking me out. Strangely it works a lot better in Chrome - go figure.

A little feature I rather like is that when you minimise one of the panels it just shoots to the top of the screen in a much smaller space automatically, unlike in iGoogle pages for example. It's neat.

But that brings up an interesting question - when and how this will integrate with other Google services. I'd like to Wave from a panel where I can also check my gmail  look at all my feeds, and the weather gadget and so on.

Perhaps Google think Wave will supersede email, so won't connect it all up - I can't see it, though.

So, if you can get your hands on a Wave invite grab it.

If you want a more techie take, read the post of my esteemed colleague David at http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conBlogPost.1480

He uses words like 'synchronous' and 'platform', so you know it's good. As for me, I've just enjoyed playing with it.

If only I could connect to some people who I actually need to do some work with I could judge it as a business tool as well....

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    ChrisW wrote on 3rd Nov 2009

    "Strangely it works a lot better in Chrome - go figure..."

    Yes, Google Chrome, Google Wave, you think they might be connected? :-)

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    Roland Millward wrote on 4th Nov 2009

    Will Google Wave any real advantages over email? Will it just become another big time waster in this modern world? More hot air than substance? We will have to wait and see.

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    David Evans wrote on 4th Nov 2009

    Thanks Brian, for that ringing endorsement of my post. Oh and by the way, I think that if you post cute kittens you get what you deserve...

    Integration with email is definitely going to be necessary, and if you compare GMail's conversation view of email it may not be too hard to integrate into one single view. There is also an expectation that Wave will get integration with Google Docs and so forth. It might be possible to connect in most things in the long run, but for now Google are clearly focusing on getting the underlying protocols and architecture tweaked properly. Plus they are encouraging a frenzy of development around it, so there is the possibility of things moving fast...

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    Matthew wrote on 4th Nov 2009

    Yes the gmail/wave integration will be key to its success. Certainly the way they seem to be trying to integrate the two address books suggests integration is planned down the line. Personally I imagine google will at some stage offer the chance to turn all googlemail into waves and there will be only one product. It will be an email to those without a wave account and a wave to those with.

    M

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