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  • Gerrit Eicker 14:06 on 2. October 2009 Permalink
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    Google Wave: Overhyped? Cool? Collaborative? 

    Since Google Wave invitations are pouring in, the discussion about it has just begun; http://j.mp/23n3K9

    • Gerrit Eicker 14:09 on 2. October 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Scoble: “Google’s Wave will crash hard onto the beach of overhype.

      Ruble: “It is way cool. It is real time – where the world is going. But, for now, it does create more problems than it solves. Let’s see if Wave 2.0 fixes that.

      Gray: “Its nature offers an opportunity to further eliminate distance and improve information exchanges.

      • Martin Seibert 00:12 on 10. October 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Ich bin auch sehr skeptisch, ob diese Applikation für die Masse der Anwender nicht zu komplex wird. Ich freue mich trotzdem drauf. :-)

        • Gerrit Eicker 09:08 on 10. October 2009 Permalink | Reply

          Wie bei allen anderen neuen Produktivtechnologien im Web, wird auch hier die Adaptionsrate gering sein und ihre Steigerung langsam verlaufen oder sogar auf niedrigem Niveau vollständig enden (RSS). Die Kompliziertheit ergibt sich dabei weniger aus der Technologie selbst, als aus den kulturellen Voraussetzungen. Der Berg entsteht, weil die Hügel im Vorfeld nicht abgetragen wurden und werden.

    • Gerrit Eicker 09:59 on 19. October 2009 Permalink | Reply

      My 1st impression of Wave: a nice tool with a great user interface. Maybe a replacement for the Google Docs’ Chat or IM in general. Not a wiki replacement (yet). Wave needs add ons, especially for exporting waves to a wiki or other docs. Right now Wave seems to be quite unstable (‘out of sync’ – but it’s not even a beta yet). – Wave an ‘eMail killer‘? Maybe in the medium/long term: Bigger organisations will not work on 3rd party servers. – I can’t see a ‘revolution‘ in Wave for communications: It’s a relevant evolution of several tools we all know and use: eMails, IMs, Wikis. – To repeat, but it’s really great: Wave will have serious impact on the UI design of several tools. I want the timeline in every doc!

  • Gerrit Eicker 19:14 on 29. September 2009 Permalink
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    Google Wave Starts, Nearly 

    Google starts sending out more than 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave; http://j.mp/4jHKag

    • Gerrit Eicker 19:17 on 29. September 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Some of you have asked what we mean by preview. This just means that Google Wave isn’t quite ready for prime time. Not yet, anyway. … There are also still key features of Google Wave that we have yet to fully implement. For example, you can’t yet remove a participant from a wave or define groups of users, draft mode is still missing and you can’t configure the permissions of users on a wave. We’ll be rolling out these and other features as soon as they are ready – over the next few months. – Despite all this, we believe you will find that Google Wave has the potential for making you more productive when communicating and collaborating.

      TC: “Ambitious as Wave was, there were still some rough edges. We were granted access to the developer’s preview shortly after Google I/O, and it was clear that while the basic frame of all this great promise was there, there were no shortage of bugs to be ironed out. And that’s exactly what the Wave team has been doing the past four months, developer Lars Rasmussen tells us. And now they feel the product is ready to be given to a much bigger audience, as they will open it up to over 100,000 new users starting tomorrow. – To be clear: This is not a public launch.While Wave is a product, the larger goal for the project is to make it into a communications platform. And that means they’re going to need third-party developers on board, working to build stuff on top of Wave. That work is already well underway, and Google plans to highlight several extensions that have already been built and are in working order.”

      SEL: “Accordingly Wave has huge potential, but people will definitely need to use and experiment with it before they understand and see its benefits. There’s a clear learning curve and some complexity surrounding the product; it’s not entirely intuitive. Wave probably also needs to incorporate email in order to go mainstream.”

      NYT: “While it is awaiting a wider release, Google Wave has already gained notoriety for being associated with a clever, if sneaky, attack that Google launched against Microsoft last week. That’s when Google announced Google Chrome Frame, a plug-in for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that turns the browser into one that essentially runs Google’s rival Chrome browser inside itself. With Chrome Frame, Internet Explorer appears unchanged to users, but runs Chrome’s engine for displaying Web pages rather than IE’s.”

      RWW: “Some features, however, still need to be implemented. Some of these are quite basic, like the ability to remove users from a wave, while others are a bit more complicated, like the ability to set specific user permissions on a wave. According to the Wave team, many of these missing features will be implemented within the next few months. – How Will People React? Overall, it will be interesting to see how the Wave infrastructure holds up tomorrow and how people will react when they first see and use Wave.

  • Gerrit Eicker 09:31 on 9. September 2009 Permalink
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    Google Wave has a WordPress plugin already: Wavr is easily embedding Waves in blog posts; http://j.mp/11bMR6

  • Gerrit Eicker 07:53 on 1. June 2009 Permalink
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    Collaboration vs. Collectivism 

    Google Wave and its federal structure: a template for the metaverse? Collaboration vs. collectivism? – http://tr.im/n0x2

  • Gerrit Eicker 07:16 on 29. May 2009 Permalink
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    Google Wave‘s team has already introduced Twave: a Twitter extension to integrate tweets to the Wave; http://tr.im/mKVK

  • Gerrit Eicker 19:09 on 28. May 2009 Permalink
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    Google Wave 

    Will Google Wave become the new tool for communication and collaboration on the web? – http://tr.im/mGYx

    • Gerrit Eicker 19:10 on 28. May 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “What is a wave? A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. – A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when. – A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.”

      Googleblog: “Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content – it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use ‘playback’ to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.”

      TC: “Web Workers helps turns the browser into a more full-fledged launch pad for the next generation of web apps. That was the main point of yesterday’s keynote and today’s provides the best example thus far of one of these new-style apps in Wave. – It’s a really interesting concept, one that you really do need to see in action. It’s ambitious as hell – which we love – but that also leaves it open to the possibility of it falling on its face. But that’s how great products are born. And the potential reward is huge if Google has its way as the ringleader of the complete transition to our digital lives on the web.”

      TC – Exclusive Video: “Yesterday we had a chance to sit down with that founding team – brothers Lars Rasmussen and Jens Rasmussen and Stephanie Hannon – to talk about the initial idea behind Wave, and Google’s philosophy in rolling it out. VP Engineering Vic Gundotra also makes a cameo appearance at the end.”

      RWW: “Google is also making a set of APIs available to developers today. These APIs should give developers the ability to enhance Wave by building extensions for the core product, but also to embed Wave’s features on other sites to make them more collaborative. … Interestingly, Google is taking a very open approach with this new product. Not only will it give developers access to Wave’s APIs, but the team also plans to open-source the protocols at the core of Wave, which really points at the greater ambition of the Wave team to see Wave and its protocols replace at least some of today’s standard communications systems.”

      Mashable: “You’re going to have to wait a while though: Google Wave will not be available to the public until later this year. Right now it’s only available to a select group of developers, who will be able to create their own Wave servers. It’s also an open-source project with a lot of API integrations, so we can expect a lot of user-driven innovations and extensions for the platform as well. – So, back to the big question: could Google Wave really redefine web communication? Clearly it’s too early to tell, but we’re already very impressed with the client and its potential. We’ll be testing out its sandbox soon and giving you our assessment, as well as updating you with any more information coming out of Google I/O today.”

    • Gerrit Eicker 06:58 on 29. May 2009 Permalink | Reply

      TC: “We’re here in the press room at Google I/O for the follow-up press event to the Google Wave unveiling today during the keynote.” – Live Notes (paraphrased)

      VB: “VentureBeat writer Anthony Ha live-blogged Wave’s pre-launch demo from the Google I/O conference this morning, but here’s a quick wrap-up of the product’s features: … This list already seems impressive, but there’s a reason Google chose to unveil the product at its developer conference: There’s still a long way to go. Right now, Wave resembles a bunch of services that already exist on the web, from Twitter to FriendFeed to Facebook. Putting them all in one place is a breakthrough in itself, but for truly radical innovation, it’s a masterful idea to tap into third-party enthusiasm. It will be interesting to see how different the product looks by launch time.”

      Mashable: “We have compiled key information, definitions, and links related to the launch of Google Wave. This in-depth guide provides an overview of Google Wave, discusses the terminology associated with it, details information on Google Wave applications, (i.e. the Twitter Wave app Twave), and goes over ways to keep yourself informed. We know you’re excited about Google Wave, so here’s what we think you should know…”

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