Google Gives Wave Another Push With Extensions Gallery

18 extensions available so far

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Google Wave didn’t do so well when it came out of the gate, and Buzz’s privacy problems stole all of the attention not too long after.  But now that Google’s addressed most of Buzz’s faults, it’s trying to move forward again by rolling out an extensions gallery for Google Wave.

Interestingly, this initial version is still a little rough around the edges in terms of functionality.  Also, there are just 18 extensions listed at the moment, and Google’s suggested design tweaks are on the way.  We’ll let you decide whether the company’s gotten ahead of itself or made a smart move by involving developers and users as soon as possible.

As for what’s available, the extensions represent an interesting mix of useful and fun/frivolous stuff.  One’s called Wave Sudoku, while others function as poll gadgets, phone and video chat aids, and a weather forecast provider.

Anyway, Dan Peterson, Google Wave’s Product Manager, explained on the Google Wave Developer Blog, "The gallery is simply a set of waves containing extension installers (the puzzle pieces).  The first wave, ‘Read me first‘ contains an introduction to extensions and how to use them.  In many cases, those particular waves won’t maintain their read/unread status in Google Wave preview; we’re working on this."

It should be interesting to see how long Google takes to make its tweaks, and how quickly the extensions gallery is populated.

Google Gives Wave Another Push With Extensions Gallery
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  • http://awisersolution.com Rey

    Google has always been good to me, anytime I ask to join something I am allowed to it without problems when many friends cannot. Usually everything I join with Google is relatively good and easy to use. Wave is not one of them. I joined thinking it would be amazing but it is not easy to use and I just did not find it valuable due to is massive limitations. Buzz is just slightly better but its online applications are not that hot and since I travel and do not always have a cell phone available it is not much use to me.

    I really think they jumped the gun too soon on these two things. Wave more than Buzz since Buzz I suspect is easy to use if they ever build an App for Windows Mobile! I love the idea of both but Wave just falls short for me in many level as it is not dumb-proof enough for me since I do not know how to use it easy (though I have not put much effort into it) and I do not see much value at this time. I do not even remember how to get back into it now so I have not revisited it.

    I look forward to its great and innovative potential as I hate Facebook and I think Google’s Decentralized approach to social network is far superior. If they can get ther gears together, Facebook will shake!

  • http://wsipromarketing.com Internet Marketing Consultants

    We started experimenting with Wave as soon as it came out and saw great promise. It can be especially useful for virtual teams as it allows instantaneous collaborations and even project management potential for the team in spite of us being spread 12 time zones apart. It has developed as fast as we have hoped and for now, it simply remains a clever tool with great promise.

  • http://www.stategeeks.com alighouston

    But there is still problem till Google let everyone use it. Till now there are only limited number of users.I don’t believe trying to perfect a software that much will give Google any edge in the market mostly people like when there are still some bugs in the software which drive more development.

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    I think it’s a great app with a lot of potential, and although I find it relatively easy to use, it’s getting the rest of the office to use it, as they think it’s just another version of email.
    Google Wave could kill email off if enough people adopted it, but unfortunately a lot of people just don’t grasp why it’s so much better. Shame really, because some of my project management emails now turn into these huge monsters with everyone’s signature on the end and so on. It’s infuriating to know there’s a solution.
    Really the only way I can see it becoming more widespread is if it’s somehow integrated into something like outlook, but I can’t see microsoft and google working together anytime soon…

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