A new wave of communication – Google’s latest creation

A new wave of communication – Google’s latest creation

Last Updated: November 16, 2011

Google has changed the way we use the internet. First they brought us a simple search engine then they brought us Google maps a tool that uses satellite images for real time look at the earth, then they brought us a revolutionary email client as we know as gmail. But Google’s latest invention is going to top all that. Google has released the Google wave, the new way to chat.

So what is a wave? A “wave” is both conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing into your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content. Google Wave allows for both collaboration and communication.

Below I have outlined just a few benefits of Google Wave:

Real time news all in one
To get the latest breaking news, Twitter is arguably the fastest. The only thing that Twitter is lacking is solid content and a concerted effort to make the news more informative. With Google Wave, a user such as a witness of the incident can edit, add in his or her comments or share knowledge regarding the news. A journalist’s expertise accompanied by witnesses and users’ opinions will improve real time news quality.

Conversation waiting time
MSN, the world’s most popular instant messenger is good but not great. Often the user will have to wait for the other party to type their message and hit enter before they can gather their thoughts and reply. Fortunately, that’s not the case in Google Wave. Whatever your friend is typing at that moment, you can see it appearing real time and start gathering your thoughts for the next message. It’s like a real time verbal conversation with friends.

Instant messaging between multiple users
It is easy to have multiple friends chatting in a Wave. Simply drag and drop their profile and they are in the conversation! Most of the time when there are multiple users chatting, it is hard to keep track of who is talking to who exactly. Google Wave helps to organize the conversation in an organised threaded format.

Project collaborations
Collaboration is Google Wave’s specialty. Every Wave works like a wiki (wikipedia) or a Google doc. It places everyone’s work into one Wave, real time. This is an extremely useful tool during meetings when everyone can take notes and input their thoughts into a single Wave. At the end of the day, everyone gets the same set of meeting notes, ensuring consistency and avoiding miscommunication.

Retrace with playback functionality
You’d probably feel lost when you are new to a Wave your friends just added you into. This isn’t a problem, its playback function helps you understand how the conversation or email has evolved to what it is at the current moment. Putting the playback function in the news context, you can literally see how a breaking news was first reported, commented, updated and concluded.

Communicating online has just become more  interactive. informative and much faster.

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