I recently watched a Google presentation video about a completely new technology/platform that Google Labs have been working on called Wave. From what I saw this will change how we use email how we communicate and how we collaborate.
First up is the email application, and I use email here as a very loose term. Email will no longer be the email that we know. Instead it will be a complete communication tool. As you type your message to the recipient of your choice, if you so choose, the recipient will be able to watch you type in real time. Now stop and think about that. I didn’t say that once you hit the enter or send button the recipient will see your message, I said as you type the recipient will see your message as you type in real time. Now of course this is dependent on both parties being signed in and online simultaneously. However if one person is online and the other is not then as soon as the recipient signs in they see the message (Wave) and any additions or revisions that the sender may have made.
To take it a step further you will be able to add more people to the conversation simply by dragging them into the conversation window. Once the 3rd or 4th person gets dragged into the Wave (that’s what it’s going to be known as , The Wave) then that person or persons will see the entire conversation beginning to the present. But to take it even further anyone coming into the conversation will be able to literally replay the conversation from the beginning so that they get the whole message in context. Another really cool feature is the ability to respond to a comment or sentence within the message. So in other words lets say that within the message somewhere in the 3rd paragraph is a reference that you would like to respond to. You can enter a response directly below that line as opposed to the end of the full conversation and again the message will be see immediately or upon signing in.
Adding images is also innovative. If you were to drag images into the Wave then anyone who is online that is part of the Wave will see them immediately. The thumbnails will actually pop into the Wave before the images are even rendered on the screen that they were entered on. All in all pretty awesome. You can also extract the images or for that matter portions of the conversation to share with others without sharing the entire Wave.
This next feature blew me away. If you decide to you can share the Wave or parts of the Wave on a blog something akin to Google Maps API. The difference here is that if if someone makes a comment on the Wave that was embedded into the blog, it will also go directly to the Wave that is going on within the application and conversely one can respond to the comment from within the Wave and have the comment be published on the blog. You can also then continue the conversation within the Wave client or the blog or both. All of these features will also be available on an iPhones app and the Android all working together in real time.
There is a lot more that I can write about but I fear I may lose you or get boring. So why don’t you go ahead and watch the Google You Tube video directly below this post for the rest of the story. I hope that you have enjoyed this and found it to be informative. If you did please leave a comment and let me know what you think of this new upcoming Wave.