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Ride the Google Wave

October 4th, 2009

I was surfing for news about typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and the new typhoon Pepeng (Parma) when I saw this very interesting item at CNN’s Tech News section.  It’s about Google Wave – an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration.  And I must say it is a very interesting and useful product from Google.  Click on the video links at the bottom of this post to see what I mean. :)

Here are the features I like in Google Wave:

  • real-time email-like communication
  • real-time chat-like communication
  • embeddable chat-like communication tool – embed on your blog and comments are automatically displayed as users post them
  • runs on mobile devices
  • drag-drop attachments like images and videos
  • multi-user chat, email, editing, collaboration (know about Google Docs?)
  • a lot more features

As borrowed from Wikipedia’s entry on Google Wave:

Google Wave is designed as the next generation of Internet communication.  It is written in Java using OpenJDK; its web interface uses the Google Web Toolkit.  Instead of sending a message and its entire thread of previous messages or requiring all responses to be stored in each user’s inbox for context, objects known as waves contain a complete thread of multimedia messages (blips) and are located on a central server. Waves are shared and collaborators can be added or removed at any point during a wave’s existence.

This was unveiled during Google’s I/O conference last May 2009 and was opened to 100,000 users on a “developer’s initial preview” last September 30, 2009.

I can’t explain it better than them so here are the video links about Google Wave:

  1. CNN Breaking News – Google Wave (00:04:40)
  2. Google’s loooong video on Google Wave (01:20:11)

Pretty kewl!  Google plans to put most of it on open-source, so keep yourself posted.

I look forward to having a Google Wave account soon. ;)

Author: Cyril Pauya Categories: Internet Tags: ,
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