Google Introduces A New Way to Collaborate

Announces Google Wave at Developer Conference

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Update: Google has shared a video demonstrating Google Wave:

Original Article: Google announced a new tool for communication and collaboration today called Google Wave. It won’t be widely available until later this year, but they are offering developers a preview currently.

"A ‘wave’ is equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more," explains Software Engineer Manager Lars Rasmussen, who announced the service on the Official Google Blog.

Lars Rasmussen Tweets about Demo

In Google Wave, users can create a "wave" and add people to it. Each person on the wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and feeds from other sources on the web. "They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave," explains Rasmussen. "That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication."

Google Wave Screenshot

There is also a playback feature in Google Wave, which allows users to rewind the wave and see its progression.  Google Wave itself has three layers:

– the product
– the platform, and
– the protocol.

The product includes a rich text editor and functions like drag-and-drop. The platform includes a rich set of APIs that allow developers to embed waves into other services and build new extensions. The protocol is the underlying format, which stores and allows for the sharing of waves.

Microsoft’s Bing search engine, which was announced today may have gotten a whole lot attention, but Google was not to be outdone by too much. Google Wave is one of the top trending topics on Twitter just like Bing, although different levels of enthusiasm are being displayed.

Google Wave tweet

Google Wave is built on HTML 5, and it is open source. Developers are strongly encouraged to dig in and come up with new, interesting ways to use it. More information can be found at this post, which includes links to a number of other resources.

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  • http://www.jason-kirby.com Jason Kirby

    it looks like an over complicated twitter that has too many features that will just confuse people. Twitter is so successful because it is simple

    • Chris Crum

      Interesting point, considering Google’s history of simplicity (which has contributed to where the search engine is today I think).

  • http://www.netpros.ultraisp.us The Scammer News

    Interesting, but will it float in the sea that is our internet…?
    Mr M

  • http://www.shoutmeloud.com Harsh Agrawal

    All I can add here is that Google steals the show from Microsoft 100 million dollar search engine Bing :)

  • http://www.doghouseplans.net/ dog house plans

    I believe that Google wave be the next in demand communication tool. Definitely, another great success for Google!

  • http://www.writtenbysumer.com Spencer Spellman

    Could Google Wave really be a game changer? I think Google has all the right pieces there, but it’s whether Google can make it come together. It looks like it could become overwhelming, but I think Google could very well simplify it to where the basic user could easily take advantage of it.

  • http://websearchmaven.com search blogger

    Google just doesn’t quit. Collaboration and ease in editing messages and documents will make wave very popular. That it can be easily embedded in a blog or website is fabulous.

  • http://www.godseer.com/index.htm Kathi Calahan

    Every 3 seconds the video pauses, causing it to be very uncomfortable to watch. Don’t know if this is my computer or what, but impatience has won out and I stopped watching.

  • http://insurances-loans.com aks

    wave having very wide range of features thanks for sharing.

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