The future of the Web
Just imagine if you could manage your emails, social media accounts, find locations on a mapping service and have real time conversations with your family, friends and co-workers – all without opening multiple browser windows or multiple tabs. Fantasy right? Think again, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with Google Wave.
In its most basic form, Google Wave is a “real-time communication platform.” But it is oh so much more than that. What it essentially does is combine the different elements that each social networking site offers and puts it into one huge platform. What makes this site so much better is not only its convenience, but its pioneering features: real time communication, embeddability, applications and extensions, alteration-friendly, playback features, spelling and translating tools, and drag-and-drop file sharing among others.
The main feature of Google wave is the Wave, a real-time threaded conversation between two or more people. This conversation is real-time – meaning that users will be able to see the letters being typed. Users will be able to share photos, locations on Google maps and more through the wave. At anytime users will be able to bring new users into a wave and once invited to a wave, the new users will be able to playback the entire wave (conversation) from the beginning.
Another feature that Wave enthusiasts are excited about is Wave Embeds. This function enables users to take content from Wave and enter it into a third party source. Only two Embeds known have been established so far, YouTube Playlist Discuss and Multiple Extensions, but it’s plausible that many are to follow.
So what does this mean for you? You will be able to: have real time conversations between clients and coworkers, make an invite for your best friend’s surprise party using a survey feature and linking Google maps for directions, while playing your Aunt Mae in Arkansas in chess and post a quick tweet (on Google wave, this is called a twave). You will be able to do all of this from one location on your computer or phone. Including the fact that Google has opened the code, making it available to developers around the world, the possibilities are endless.
We are excited to ride the Wave.
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Awesome post Chase – Can’t wait to have a Wave for our office; we’ll never need to talk or make eye contact again!