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Google Wave

I have started exploring Google Wave, and already see potential uses for it in the inherently collaborative project world in which I spend my working life. Many of the tools on which I, my colleagues, our clients and our project teams rely simply aren't doing the job sufficiently - particularly the all too pervasive practise of emailing documents around for review, comment and editing.

Google Wave was originally pitched when announced by Google earlier this year as a replacement for email, but that is quite misleading.

Lifehacker's explanation, from their "Complete Guide to Google Wave" is closer: "Google Wave is a new online communications tool that enables groups of people to edit and discuss documents simultaneously on the web. The Google Wave team says Wave is 'what email would look like if it were invented today.' However, because Wave is mostly a document collaboration tool, the oversimplified email metaphor can mislead new users. The initial Wave experience can feel chaotic and confusing, but use cases for Wave abound. Come on in and meet Wave."

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Reader Comments (2)

I usually work with web-based applications like http://www.showdocument.com
I use it for sharing my designs and documents with partners and clients,
but i guess it can used for other purposes too. If you're looking for a free solution you should check it out.
- Laura W.

Nov 4, 2009 at 1:39AM | Unregistered Commenterlaura wilson

thanks Laura

your post caused me to reflect on why I'm keen on Google Wave but not on the multiple doc sharing sites out there like the one you refer to

my reasons are:
(a) I'm looking for something to collaborate on docs (ie edit too) not just share them;
(b) Wave is from Google and therefore much more likely to become pervasive if it succeeds;
and (c) because it is designed ground up as an open protocol - very soon other providers will be able to provide Wave servers, and waves will federate among them so it won't be a closed system like too many of the current alternates.

Nov 4, 2009 at 9:43AM | Registered CommenterGavin Knight

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