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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Google Catches a Wave

Google announced Thursday plans for a new application/protocol designed to revolutionize communication. (end over-blown marketing hype) Google is billing its latest project ‘wave’ as a modern rethinking of email and instant messaging. A "wave" is “equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.” In other words, it allows a group of people to talk and share media or ‘wave apps’ in real time.

Furthermore, Google plans to make the wave API open-source allowing disparate individuals to develop a plethora of unique and useful or frivolous but cool applications that work with Google wave. For instance, during the demo the developer dropped a Google map into the wave and manipulated it in real time. Google has launched a site for developers and hopes to create a number of applications before wave launches later this year. Also, for those of you concerned, they have already created a Twitter app.

For more information check out the wave site, or google Google wave, there a million and one stories about it.

2 comments:

  1. Say what you will about Google, but my goodness does that company innovate. I suppose it remains to be seen exactly how useful Wave will be, but it certainly seems like the kind of thing that will be very helpful. I know that in a lot of work I do it involves the constant back and forth of Word Documents with cumbersome edits, changes, etc. To be able to collaborate on documents and projects in real-time like this...well, let's just say you can color me optimistic. I'll definitely try it out and then we'll see how useful it is from there.

    Thanks for the update and links though, as I had not heard of this yet.

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  2. That's what LG15Today is here for... giving the community information to useful and interesting things. Oh, and links to n1kola videos. :)

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