Riding The Google Wave

October 8th, 2009

wavelogoPeople have been talking about Google Wave for a while now, even though only a small percentage of the population has actually seen it. One big question remains – will Google Wave change the way people communicate online?

Google Wave is poised to be an exciting new way to interact with other people. It’s said to be a combination of email, instant messenger, Wikipedia and social networking – and it all goes on in real time. Most people will have to try Google Wave for a while to completely understand what it does, but you can get the basic idea before it’s released to the general public. To start, think of Google Wave as an extension of your inbox…

Once you log in to Google Wave you’ll be able to read and participate in conversations that are known as “Waves”. A Wave begins with a “Blip” – a single message that starts a new topic. It’s similar to sending an email to a group of people, but everyone can view the message in one location instead of their individual inboxes. A group of Blips is known as a “Wavelet” – a single topic of conversation. All of the Wavelets combine make up the Wave – a complete manuscript that includes every Wavelet and Blip.

It may be a little confusing at first. A Google Wave will allow you to include everyone in your contacts list in a group conversation. This conversation happens in real time – you’ll even be able to see what each person is typing as they type it. Sharpen up those spelling skills; your friends will have the ability to see every keystroke you make.

Waves will contain more than words; you will also be able to embed photos, videos and most anything else you want. And it’s supposed to be easy. Want to add a photo? Just grab the picture, drag it into the Wave and everyone will be able to see it. You’ll also be able to add games and other applications that will be known as “Gadgets”.

A Wave will be similar to Wikipedia because everyone involved will be able to see the entire history of the conversation, edit any part of it, add to an ongoing discussion and share their own files. If you join a Wave long after it began, no problem. You’ll be able to review the entire history of the Wave and see what every person said, added or edited since day one.

Some people may be concerned that Google Waves will replace social networks like Facebook and Twitter, but a Wave is set up to be compatible with networking websites. Every Wave can be embedded into social sites so that it can be shared with an even larger audience. When you get a Wave going you can include it on your personal home page, use it for your company Website and include as many people as you want. This could make it a powerful tool for business and pleasure.

Right now Google Wave is still being tested and modified. On September 30, 100,000 people were given access to the new program. Google sent invites that allowed people to try the Wave, and each person was allowed to invite their own guests. Currently, the only way to get Google Wave is to receive one of these much sought after invitations, but people everywhere want them and they aren’t easy to come by.

Google Wave is expected to have a massive impact on the way people communicate. How effective it will be is uncertain, but it’s a safe bet that before long you’ll be hearing about people riding the Wave. What do you think of this new technology? Leave us a comment, share your opinions and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.

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