So what is Google Wave? Instant messaging plus wiki plus email
And here’s a screenshot of wave. It can be a little overwhelming when you first see it, so I am going to point out the parts of it that are similar to tools that most of us already use.
This is the chat client, although Wave calls this “pinging”. You can get somebody’s attention by pinging her.
Wave also functions as a wiki. Anybody invited to the Wave can make edits anywhere. The playback feature allows everybody in the wave to see what was edited when and by whom. This also allows version control, if you decide to make the wave public.
Email—waves function like email. Wave has an inbox, recipients, attachments. And, like gmail, replies to a message are threaded.
But how is Wave different? One feature that is a little overwhelming at first but perhaps the most interesting is simultaneous, real-time communication. Many people can type at the same time in the same message.
Wave also allows developers to create extensions—programs that add functionality. In this way, Wave is more of a platform—it allows you do to all of the things you usually do in separate programs—in just one place. Wave comes with two extensions built in—Maps.
Besides extensions, you can also add links to web sites, videos. All of these can be embedded right into the wave so that you don’t have to link to any sites outside of Wave.
See? The video is embedded right into the page, into the wave.
There are dozens of extensions by now (and probably hundreds by the time I am presenting this).
Google Wave can be a little confusing when you first start using it. But don’t be disheartened; I think given the ubiquity of Google, you should at least give it a whirl.
Should you wish to know more about Wave, just Google it.