Google Wave breaks the email mold

By now you’ve probably heard something about Google Wave which saw a private preview release last week. The video above is an eight minute overview of the core functionality that the Wave offers. Wave development was based on the premise that email, invented 40 years ago, has not kept pace with our working needs as a technological society. Wave looks to improve on the email model by combining real time chat features, in line conversations, and web tools like document sharing and real-time translation.

The team here at Hack a Day uses a collaborative effort to bring you the best hacks we can find. To do so, we use a combination of email, instant messaging, document sharing, IRC, and old-fashioned conference calling. We’re waiting patiently for our invitation and although we’ve been skeptical of some past Google offerings, we hope the advertised features of Google Wave will allow us to improve our team coverage for the benefit of our readers.

Are you already using Google Wave? Please share your experiences with us in the comments.

Comments

  1. CumQuaT says:

    So essentially they’ve made a new version of MSN…

  2. David says:

    I see comment’s refering this to IRC. IRC is great, but it’s persistant. You can not edit the information posted by another use like you can with this.

    I could see this being a powerful tool for dev-team’s looking for a way to share and edit code in unison from a distance. If there could be a secondary window open that would track the conversation that goes along with the coding then this would by far surpass Devunity.

  3. David says:

    I meant to say IRC is not persistant. Oh well.

  4. clay says:

    i have to say that i really like google wave. it felt pointless at first with no friends on wave, then i discovered how to find public waves. i think it has a lot of promise. just my 2 cents.

    btw your gmail account also becomes an @googlewave.com account as well. a friend test emailed mine and i never got it….

  5. paulieweb says:

    No, this is not the most innovative creation ever. All they claim is that gwave is what they thought email should be in this day and age. Basically it takes things that are already available and puts them in one place.

    -Chatroom (IRC, AIM) with private messages
    -Editable comments (Forums, Facebook)
    -Translation (all over the web)
    -Posts to Twitter
    -Posts to your blog
    -Drag & Drop pictures (AIM direct connect)
    -Online games with playback feature
    -Powerful search function for all of the above

    I’m sure there’s more that I’m forgetting or haven’t heard of. But I for one am excited to have all of these available in one simple interface. Who cares if it’s not email of the future. It’s email of today.

  6. Louis II says:

    …still failing to see the purpose of this project/post.
    :-/

    …though it does remind me of Germany in the early 1940’s or Windows ME for some reason.

  7. AloEST says:

    Definately looks interesting and useful.
    Would like to test it out aswell.

    Can anyone invite me?
    press.alo (at) gmail.com

  8. James says:

    Interesting. But what about BCC? And what if you need to keep your emails hosted on-site in a secure environment?

  9. Wwhat says:

    What email is most dearly missing, and basically the only important thing, is out-of-the-box heavy encryption, but I bet that’s not what google wants to see in email huh.

  10. Wwhat says:

    And looking at the video this has shitall to do with email, A webapp with shared communication is sooner compared with facebook or IM’s or that failed orkut thing.
    To refer to email in connection with this is ridiculous, and delusional.

  11. bjonnh says:

    time sucker…

  12. atanok says:

    Ok, to everyone whining about it “being in real time” and “everyone sees as you type”:

    Flip off your switch for a while.

    Character-by-character update is merely an option, a non-fundamental accessory.

    JUST AS THEY THOROUGHLY EXPLAIN IN THAT 90 MINUTE VIDEO YOU DIDN’T WATCH.

    This is the dumbed-down version for the masses.
    In the full 90 minute intro they explain syndication, privacy, standardization and even show a fucking CLI client to get one damned thing into your decrepit skull: this is an open standard based on syndication. Just like email.

    And then you go and compare it to MSN fucking Messenger.
    Way to show your understanding on this matter.
    Almost as good as “XMPP sucks because you can’t sign in with any email like MSN”.

    @pauliweb most of those features are accomplished by adding “robots”, which are built on top of the framework laid out by wave – meaning anyone can make anything along those lines and it’ll be a first-class citizen just like the ones showed.
    Think about that means.

    @James Gtalk uses XMPP; you can message people using other XMPP servers just like you can email people who use other email servers.
    Why no MSN? Because it’s a centralized protocol, as opposed to being syndicated (like email and XMPP).

  13. atanok says:

    Replace “syndicated” with “federated” and you get a comment that sounds a bit less written under sleep deprivation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation_%28information_technology%29

    Syndication refers to methods for efficiently gathering information updates, usually without user intervention. eg. RSS
    They sound a lot alike when half-asleep.

  14. I just hope Google really puts this tool through the testing it needs before it decides to push it live for the public.

  15. Bruce says:

    The BUNMAN is looking for an invite
    bunman@gmail.com

    -=>>Rollin in dough!

  16. Kent says:

    yo can anyone send me an invite? that would be awesome I sent 100’s of gmail invites years ago.

    kentgug89@gmail.com

    thanks

  17. Hrvoje says:
  18. Joey McCormick says:

    If anyone wants a Wave invite you can also hit up jesseryan.me . There are some invites there.

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