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Google waves goodbye to e-mail
May 29, 2009 at 11:36 am #72889
Can see a whole lot of “speed-bumps” in getting this adopted but guess somebody has to start somewhere!
Google waves goodbye to e-mail
By Brett Winterford
The Sydney-based brothers that built Google Maps have released to developers a new tool called Google Wave that has the potential to succeed e-mail, instant messaging and collaboration tools.
Google Wave (see screenshot gallery right), announced at Google’s IO developer event in San Francisco, is an Ajax-based communications tool hosted in the cloud that blurs the boundaries between an e-mail message, instant message and rich-text document.
A “Wave”, explains Lars Rasmussen, is “equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.”
Rasmussen said the brothers embarked on their journey believing e-mail to be a dinosaur.
“Email today is the most popular way to communicate on the Internet – which is remarkable because e-mail was invented 40 years ago, before the Internet, before the world wide web, without the experience of instant messaging, SMS, bulletin boards, blogs, social networks,” he told developers.
“Email mimics snail mail – you write a message and send it to one or more recipients. Then a client program collates related messages into conversations.”
Google Wave, he said, was he and his brother’s imagining of “what e-mail would look like if it was invented today.”
How it works
A Wave is purported to improve on e-mail and instant messaging in several ways:
* The structure of the threaded, email-like conversations is more versatile – adding real-time, collaborative editing and in-line discussion.
* Participants in a ‘Wave’ can opt for a setting in which others can see what they are typing in real-time, allowing for faster collaboration.
* A message can be edited collaboratively as a dynamic document, with changes logged in a wiki-like fashion and reviewed via a “playback” feature.
* Google Gears can be used to create a real-time experience for sharing attachments such as photos within a Wave. Google intends to develop capabilities to attach video and audio files with similarly low latency.
* Easy to publish to external sources – by adding a blog site as a participant in the Wave conversation, an external blog can automatically publish any content created in the Wave (presumably via RSS) in real-time. Comments on the blog site can also appear in the Wave client in real-time.
May 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm #72895
Oh, another way of doing business that the gov will not buy into forever. It sounds totally awesome. I can’t wait until they release the Wave! Thanks for sharing!
May 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm #72893
Have you seen Al Domnick’s article here within GovLoop. The link to his con-article has some valid points about why the gov will probably not use this new technology. Good points there too. I still want to try it out at home though.
May 30, 2009 at 12:26 am #72891
Sounds interesting, but seems like this assumes we all WANT to work synchronously, ALL the time.
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