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    Department of CSE
    University of Moratuwa,
    Sri Lanka

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Let’s start Waving… – Google Wave

Posted by kasun04 on December 2, 2009

Real-time Communication and Collaboration tool

‘Google’, a name that is renowned for revolutionary products and ideas, came up with yet another revolutionary product called ‘Google Wave’. It’s needless to recapitulate about all the mysterious Google products such as Google Web Search, Google Earth, Gmail, Google Docs etc. which made a tremendous impact on the society. Their latest innovative product is Google Wave which is a real-time communication platform which is based on Google Web tool kit (HTML 5).


This was the Google’s biggest product launch in recent memory and it looks very promising indeed. Currently Google Wave is on its preview stage and allows limited access to the normal web users. (This is very similar to the way they started Gmail as they offer their services based on invitations). Few weeks back I subscribed to it and got the invitation recently. I tried it out most of its features and got really amazed with their idea and its performances. (Chrome is the best browser for try it out Google Wave ..and Firefox often crashed during ‘waving’ while Safari looks ok. He he… No IE please… Google decided to completely banned the IE users from Google Wave :D).

Mind blowing features

  • Real-time – you can see what someone else (I mean any of the participant for a given thread) is typing, character-by-character.. (No worries.. there is a way you can avoid this too )
  • Embeddability – Waves can be embedded on any blog or website.
  • Applications and Extensions – Gadgets, games .. far far superior to wearisome Facebook ..
  • Shared Documents– Offers a wonderful way to manage shared document. The participant can modify it on real time.. and also they can view the changes from its initial state (diff)
  • Open source – may be this is a business strategy
  • Playback – Awesome feature.. you can almost view the life cycle of a wave. (Like watching a video.. )
  • Natural language: Auto correction on the fly, as well as auto translation (with the use of Robots)
  • Drag-and-drop file sharing: Just drag and drop images that you want to share with others (may be this will get extend to other formats)
  • Cool Gadgets
    You can embed google maps, google images or search directly in to a wave

Please check out this video.

From Maps to Wave – Rasmussen Brothers

Among the coolest products of Google, Google Maps flying pretty high. As with most of the Google products, what was the turning point here was the ‘idea’. And that ‘idea’ of Google Maps came from two brothers from Sydney, Australia.

This is how CNN reports it.

“(CNN) — Lars and Jens Rasmussen were broke and jobless — with only $16 between them — when they made it big in the Web world by selling their idea for Google Maps.”

Lars and Jens Rasmussen were the genius brothers behind the superb idea of Google Maps. Yet again they came up with this revolutionary idea of ‘Google Wave’.

Lars Rasmussen and Jens Rasmussen during Google Wave internal demo.

So.. it’s a brief walk through about Google Wave… I’m pretty sure that this will become a super duper communication tool in near feature. This will be an huge challenge for existing communication tool (AIM sucks and FB is boring now.. OK!). So it’s the time to try it out.. be the very first few people who experienced a beauty of real-time communication and collaboration. Try it OUT!

See this video to get a complete overview of the product.


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