Technically Geeking: The Next Wave Oct14

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Technically Geeking: The Next Wave


a blogumn by Justin Time

Google Wave

Not a company to rest on its laurels, Google has yet another “something new” coming from its labs in Mountain View these days – Google Wave. In their words:

“Google Wave is a new online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using text, photos, videos, maps, and more. Learn more at”

Suggestions for use include: Meeting Notes, Organizing Events, Group Reports and Writing, Brainstorming, and Photo Sharing. Basically, it’s like Gmail hooked up with WebEx or GoToMeeting and had a baby. In typical Google fashion, however, it’s free and requires no software installation.

You create projects called “waves,” invite people to join, add documents, photos, videos, whatever, and have a real-time chat conversation about it. Real time means when you type text, it is displayed in the conversation window immediately for whomever has the wave open. Designed to be an improvement on email for project collaboration, where half a dozen people are copied on an endless string of emails that are only occasionally relevant, you would just check in on the Wave when you need to.

Will this be the next big thing in social networking? It certainly seems like a potential boon for project managers. Will it be confined to the workplace or will it catch on with party planners everywhere?

If you are interested, you can request an invitation here.