Posted October 17, 2009 6:41 am by with 14 comments

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Google WaveSo I finally got my invite to Google Wave! I must say that it is rather impressive. I like it a lot and I think it will probably redefine the way that we collaborate in the future. One of the more impressive features is its “real time” chat interface. Which basically means that as a user types the other participants can read the text as it is typed, letter by letter. The feature is kinda overkill, but cool to play with. Wave also gives you the ability to share documents and 3rd party content directly in the interface. So all in all Wave is a sophisticated chat interface that allows you the ability to index and save your conversations the same way you might save an email.

The most amazing thing about Wave is that I like it. Seriously, ever since Twitter has hit the streets, it has been rather hard to peak my interest in new communication technology. Now, I am not saying that nothing compares to Twitter, but honestly, I am starting to feel an LCD overload.

It seems as if we are constantly devising new ways to communicate with each other that doesn’t involve actually sharing the same room. I am tired of that. Don’t get me wrong, I will be first to point out the amazing abilities of modern communication and how it’s a betterment for humanity. Furthermore, some of my closest friends are folks I have never met in person. But, in the same breath I can’t help but ignore that, among the flux of real time communication, something is missing.

When I was in high school I started to lose my hearing. Now, I am partially deaf. I rely on a hearing aid to hear most of the conversations happening around me. Most people that are partially deaf develop a natural ability to read lips. Reading lips isn’t all about “the lips” but tends to be more of a holistic analysis of the entire person. For example a lip reader will focus not only on the lips, but will also monitor body language and facial expressions. Many times, (as in my case) this holistic analysis is done completely subconsciously.

Of course you don’t have to be partially deaf to take a holistic approach to communication. There are many that subconsciously monitor body language and facial expressions. They are called good communicators.

I own a small web development company. We do lots of really cool things for our clients, but we aren’t your traditional company. Basically, we are a team of freelance contractors living and working all over the globe. I like the satellite approach to organization because it allows me to do business with some of the most talented folks in the industry without having to move themor myself–in the process. Despite this decentralized approach, one of my favorite designers to work with lives only about 10 minutes from me. I like working with him because if we need to, we can meet-up and brainstorm in-person. We can go to a bar and have a beer, or cook hamburgers on a grill together (we have done them all).

So it looks like the only thing missing from Google Wave is the ability to actually share the space with the other participants. When I say “share the space”, I mean I want to reach out and touch someone…..on the face.

  • Ok, so I just re-read that and, I want to say that if I meet any of you in person, I promise not to touch your face!

    • I’m glad to hear you don’t have some kind of cheek fetish! 😛

  • Zed

    can i please have a wave invite 🙁 ?

  • angela

    hi can i please get invite? TIA

  • Wave invites are now limited to select users, I do not have any to offer anyone.

    • I’m with you, Joe. I wanted Wave to play with so bad, and now I have 2 people from contact list in there. I can’t get my partner in there, and I can’t get our biggest development shop in there. So it’s fun to play with, and maybe it’ll evolve into some Twitter/email/file mashup, but for right now, it’s hardly the communications answer.

      But agreed that nothing take the place of face-to-face. I have clients and contractors local and far away. Sometimes you just have to say, “Hey, wanna meet up at Panera, drink some coffee, eat forbidden pastries and go online together?” 😀
      .-= George Bounacos´s last blog ..Google PageRank is Dead – Fast Friday Fact =-.

      • Dude, theres no such thing as forbidden pastries!

  • Thanky

  • bobbie

    Interesting stuff, thanks,

    This is a bit fussy, but the word you want in the second paragraph is “pique” not “peak”

    “it has been rather hard to peak my interest…”

  • I got my invite last week and am enjoying trying everything out. My brothers and some friends are developing all sorts of applications for Google Wave that have made the experience pretty interesting… – most notably are the amazonmp3bot and ebay auction bots – it really enhances the power of the wave. I can only imagine how the phrase “there’s an app for that” is going to apply to this.

    It is frustrating that I cannot invite anyone else though – I have a handful in my contact list in Wave but would prefer to get some co-workers in to utilize the full business aspect it offers.
    .-= Maureen´s last blog ..maureenelsberry: The SEO clique – its breakfast club RT @randfish: Required reading for every SEO industry insider – – from Seth Godin =-.

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  • Wayne

    Well, I learned a lot about YOU.
    Now, what were we discussing?

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