Shona, one of my blogger buddies sent me an invite a couple of weeks back to try out Google Wave. Since I love fooling around with online tools, I took her up on her offer. And, so far the experience has been terrific.
For those who are not too sure what Google Wave is all about, here’s a brief description from Mashable:
Google Wave is a real-time communication platform. It combines aspects of email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management to build one elegant, in-browser communication client. You can bring a group of friends or business partners together to discuss how your day has been or share files.
Here is a screenshot showing the user interface:
If you are a GMail user, you will find the interface quite familiar and easy to use. For others, it might take a little more time.
On the left are the various “waves” that you are a part of. This essentially is like a conversation that is stored in your inbox. You can click on any of the waves to display the entire conversation on the right. You just click Reply and add to whatever conversation thread is going on. Think that this is a newer version of multi-people chat, and you have got the concept. When any wave is in Bold, that indicates that someone has updated a wave in your inbox. If a contact of yours is online, a little green dot appears on his or her icon.
We started using Google Wave as an online book club chat, and so far it’s been working super. Google Wave allows you to add a variety of gadgets in your chat. We used a Yes/No/Maybe gadget to get people to vote on something, and it worked terrific.
Apart from the basic chat facilities, there appears to be tons of other features that sound really interesting. Apparently, if all that I read is true you can even use Google Wave to post to your blog or even embed your wave on a blog!
For me, though, this much is enough for me to give it a Thumbs up and urge others to try it out.
For more information about Google Wave, check out the following links:
- Mashable’s Google Wave Guide for all the info on Google Wave
- Google Wave Updates to get an invitation to the Sign-up form
All the best and happy waving 🙂