Published On: Tue, Dec 1st, 2009

Google Wave

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Google has launched a brand new real-time communication tool. Called Google Wave, it is expected to be available to the public later this year. The developers behind Wave said that it is an application that combines the features of email, instant messaging, web chatting and wikis to name a few.

Google Wave is developed by brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen and Stephanie Hannon of Google’s Sydney, Australia office. It is built on the assumption that as a technology email and IM are not up-to-date. You have got to agree. Web has indeed come a long way since its inception.

What is a Wave?

A wave is basically a piece of conversation and a document in equal parts. You can share a Wave with anyone you choose. Participants on a wave can reply to a message, edit the content of a Wave and invite more participants at any point of time. Google wave supports richly formatted text, photos, videos, map and a lot more so that people can communicate and work together as part of team in real time.

A wave is live. Google Wave is built with the objective of facilitating live transmission of data. As a result of this participants on a wave can communicate faster, see edits as they occur and interact with other participants in real-time.

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What can I do with Google Wave?

Wave is basically an advanced way of navigating and participating in communication on the web. The Wave Interface is similar to the Gmail interface in many ways. The navigation is on the Left-hand side bar. A list of contacts extracted from your Google contacts appear below the navigation with their pictures. The major portion of the screen is occupied by the Wave inbox. Several indicators are there to signify whether there is new content in a particular wave. When you click on a wave thread it will open another window to the right of the inbox where you can see the entire wave.

You can reply to a Wave message by typing below the message. To respond to a particular part of the message, you only need to type below the part you are replying to.

Consider this situation. You are having an online conversation with one of your friends. Now you want to invite another friend to join the conversation. You can do this by going to your contacts and dragging that personâ??s picture into the Wave. The person who just joined the conversation may not be aware of what the other participants were discussing until then. So what will he do? Well, he can use the playback feature. The playback feature allows a participant to rewind a wave so that he can see what happened in the past.

If two participants in a wave are online at the same time, they can communicate with each other in real time. To do this, you have to simply start typing and your friend will be able to see your words as you type them. This is very much like an advanced instant messaging system. The autocorrect feature will correct your spelling as you type. There is also an auto-translation feature. Now if you are not comfortable with your friend seeing your words as you enter them, you can enter a draft mode. This feature hides your words until you press the send button.

What if there are more than two people in the same Wave and you want to send a private message to just one of them? Well, you can do that too. It is easy to have a private conversation within the wave so that only you and your intended recipient will see or hear it.

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Features Galore

The other features supported by Wave include the wiki-style group editing. So you can correct or append information. There are real-time edit updates to ensure that people editing a Wave at the same time donâ??t get confused by what others are doing.

With Wave you can share photos. While most other features of Wave will work without additional add-ons, this feature requires that you have a browser with Gears installed. You can share pictures by dragging and dropping them into the Wave Window. There is no need to attach files. Other things that can be shared using Google Wave include Google Maps, event notifications and games.

Google Wave isnâ??t just another application built for a particular site. Wave is built in such a way that you can use it on any site you want. For instance, waves can be embedded on a site or blog. You can also share a wave as a blog post. Your readers will then be able to interact with the wave in real time. Another significant feature is that lots of applications that have already been built are compatible with Google Wave.

What is the future of Wave?

Google Wave is still in its infancy. The features available right now are only a fraction of what they intend to be when they are fully ready. Since Google plans to open source Wave, it will ultimately be the development community who decide what the final product will look like.

About the Author

- This post has been written by 'Techno Freak - Team' under the guidance of Mr. Sunny Bajaj. Sunny has been in the Web Development Industry from 2002 and knows what it takes when it comes to building Websites. He is known in the industry for always helping out others and establishing strong business relations. Sunny run's a network for more 100+ websites under different niche and advertising platform. This website being his first website, he often takes time from his busy schedule to maintain it and blog regularly. You can read more about him at his About Me page.

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