Google is coming up with some excellent ideas these days, and Google
Wave is no exception. Google Wave is a new program based on personal
communication and collaboration. The Google Wave is taking the best
parts of Internet communication and combining them into a single
integrated whole. E-mail, social networking, instant messaging, and
wiki are all parts of this exciting new program. The Wave is by far
the most complex communications platform on the entire Internet.
Google Wave is still in it’s early phases, but soon everyone will be
It isn’t simply combining all of the Internet’s popular features, it
goes a step further. Real time spell checking, grammar checking, and
automatic translation for over 40 languages! This will prove to be the
most efficient translation tool available online, and it could totally
revolutionize the Internet. This translation feature will make it
possible to talk to anyone in the entire world, even if you do not
speak the same language! Google made a trial release on Sept. 30 and
extended invitations to over 100,000 people.
Google is still allowing people to request a copy, so it would be a
smart idea to get in on this as soon as possible. To go a little more
in depth, this program is based on multiple “waves”. Waves are both
conversations and documents at the same time, and users can reply or
make changes anywhere in the entire wave. There are multiple people on
each wave, and at any point in the process more users can be added.
Waves can link to other waves, and just about any kind of media you
can imagine can be embedded into a wave. If someone wants to go back
and see the history of the wave and how it evolved they can do so.
Believe it or not, Google is actually going to release this program as
open source software. Open source means that anyone can view the code
and make improvements and additions as they see fit. The possibilities
this program will open up are staggering. Imagine a website that
simultaneously offers youtube videos, social networking, instant
messaging, video chat, news articles, and language translation. The
Google Wave promises to do all of the above and more, all with one
program! This will open up a new way for people to collaborate on
projects all around the world.
Businesses, musicians, artists, and even scientists will now have an
easy way to connect with each other and take on joint projects. The
fact that you can link multiple waves together means there will be
unpredictable synergies and totally new online trends emerging. Just
imagine what this could do for both large and small businesses. There
will inevitably be “business waves” where business owners will link up
and trade services with each other. Salesman, Internet Marketers, IT
companies, they all stand to reap unknown benefits if they use this
If you are a business owner who offers an exceptionally good product,
it is possible Waves will pop up devoted to talking about how great
your product is. These waves will then link to the wave you created
for your business, and you have a brand new way to reach out to
customers with a completely new form of advertisement. Investors could
start market analysis waves where everyone can contribute ,point out
indicators, and link each other news that they think will affect a
stock the group is discussing.
From the 16 year old video gamer to the 53 year old business man;
there is sure to be a wave out there for everybody. It is quite
possible that the Google Wave will end up becoming a world wide
phenomena like youtube and face book, maybe even bigger. Google has
done an amazing job putting this all together, and it is almost a
certainty that the Google Wave will be a household name in the next
year or two.