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Google Wave

From http://wave.google.com/ :

Google Wave is a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web, coming later this year. Watch the demo video below, sign up for updates and learn more about how to develop with Google Wave. See 1.3 h video.

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-- Contributors: PeterThoeny - 2009-07-02

Discussion

Today I went to a Silicon Valley Google Technology User Group meetup. Seth Covitz of Google was demoing Google Wave and explaining details.

I find Google Wave a significant open source development by Google in the real-time collaboration space. They plan to release it "sometimes this year". I have been looking for a long time for a tool that can complement TWiki's asynchronous collaboration with a real-time collaboration solution. So far, all seem too much a point solutions, such as IM, e-mail etc. Google Wave might be the solution to augment TWiki with a real-time capabilities.

I am impressed by its design:

  • It combines the benefits of publishing wikis, e-mail and instant messaging
  • It offers federation of Wave systems
  • Everything is version controlled - you can move a slider to go back in time
  • It has robots - virtual users - performing tasks, such as spell checking, linking text, cross-posting to Twitter etc.
  • It has an extensible via API
  • It will be open sourced (license unlknown)

One might say that this new technology is competing with wikis. I think to some degree with publishing wikis, but not so much with enterprise wikis and structured wikis.

-- PeterThoeny - 2009-07-02

Topic revision: r1 - 2009-07-02 - PeterThoeny
 
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