Google Wave


Google Wave is email brought up to date. It is an online application of Google. It is open sourced so it can be contributed by everyone online. It is a communication and collaboration tool. It is instant messaging and email combined. It involves posting an email to someone then choosing by dragging and dropping any other people you would like to cc into the message. Everyone can contribute in real time to the message and also drag and drop files into the message.

Google wave is similar to Google Buzz as they are Google wave is open source software which allows third party development. Also it reduces Java code down from 1.4mb to 200kb Google wave was extended to 100,000 users in September 2009, each allowed invitations between users. On the 29th of November 2009, Google accepted most requests submitted soon after the extended release of the technical preview in September 2009.

Google wave is editable threads that are stored on server’s which stores messages for users who leave messages and then come back and view changes to the shared object so the wave grows and has a simple lightweight trees structure of users who can contribute to these threads. This can happen in real time and each character typed can be seen by the contributing users instead of seeing a speech bubble stating that the user is typing their message and having to wait for them to press enter for others to see the message no messages are sent back and forth they are contributed to in real time making conversations quicker. Users can also chase each other round the screen when editing and get extremely close to one another when doing this.

'Playback' allows you to view what the conversation originally looked like and also who contributed what to the conversation drag and drop facilities are used in Wave and pictures can be viewed straight away in by the use of thumbnails whilst the rest of the file is transferring. Friends can be added easily to a conversation by clicking on their name or dragging and dropping.

Wave allows replaying the message from the original sender. You add users, chat with them in real time. All users that are in your list can see what you send the message but if you wish to send a private message to 1 person, you can click private and select the person you want to send message and the second person will not see your message. This ensures flexibility within the conversation.

API (application programming interface) has been also taken care with Google Wave. You can easily embed Google Wave on your website which is very useful. This works similar to Google maps. You can also put in any blog and reply from your blog. You do not even have to log in to Google Wave, you can reply from any blog and the person can receive your message.

External Link

A video on Google wave is found at:


notes above taken from: - accessed on 23rd February 2010

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