Riding the (Google) Wave

*wave*

πŸ˜› Sorry, that was cheesy, I know. πŸ˜›

A new tool from Google, called Google Wave, has emerged. What is it? The video below sums it up quite well in only 7 mins. πŸ˜€

I have an account … I can only send 7 invites, so maybe we can team up if the invites aren’t enough so we can all benefit. I think it’s a great idea!

For example we can quickly plan meetings there πŸ™‚ Or have a nice chat πŸ˜› Or share our mutual documents. πŸ˜‰ I wonder if it works with Excel documents as well? πŸ˜€ Or share quickly anything interesting we might want others to see. πŸ™‚ Apart from sharing files, it applies also to photos!

The following text is taken from a wave (sent to my wave inbox) that is accompanied also with videos, so the new user can understand how to work with it. I just copied the text so you can get an idea, so don’t sue me Google! πŸ˜›

The Basics

Starting a new wave

A wave can be both a document and a conversation.

Replying to a wave

You can reply anywhere in a wave.

Editing waves

All participants on a wave can edit any part of the wave, at the same time.

Reading through waves

To quickly read through unread blips in a wave, hit the spacebar.

Working with waves

Using Playback

The playback feature lets you move through the history of a wave.

Installing extensions

Extensions let you add rich content and interactions to waves, or integrate with other systems.

Visit the Google Wave featured extensions

Attaching photos and files

To attach a file to a wave, start in edit mode. Then either:

  • Click the paperclip and select the file from your desktop or
  • To drag and drop right from the desktop into a wave, install Gears in your browser.

Learn more

When to use Google \/\/ave

Go back to Welcome wave

There are tons of ways to use Google Wave–here are just a few examples to get you thinking and an overview video that shows Google Wave in action.

Organizing events

Keep a single copy of ideas, suggested itinerary, menu and RSVPs, rather than using many different tools. Use gadgets to add weather, maps and more to the event.

Sample event planning wave

Meeting notes

Prepare a meeting agenda together, share the burden of taking notes and record decisions so you all leave on the same page (we call it being on the same wave). Team members can follow the minutes in real time, or review the history using Playback. The conversation can continue in the wave long after the meeting is over.

Sample meeting notes

Group reports and writing projects

Collaboratively work in real time to draft content, discuss and solicit feedback all in one place rather than sending email attachments and creating multiple copies that get out of sync.

Sample project

Brainstorming

Bring lots of people into a wave to brainstorm – live concurrent editing makes the quantity of ideas grow quickly! It is easy to add rich content like videos, images, URLs or even links to other waves. Discussion ensues. Etiquettes form. Then work together to distill down to the good ideas.

Sample brainstorm

Photo sharing

Drag and drop photos from your desktop into a wave. Share with others. Use the slideshow viewer. Everyone on the wave can add their photos, too. It is easy to make a group photo album in Google Wave.

Enjoy! πŸ˜€ Let’s ride the waves together!

(A cheesy opening, and a cheesy ending … Sheesh ….)

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