In Getting Started with Google Wave, I mentioned one of the things you can do to get started with Google
Wave is type in and enter with:public in the search box above your list of waves. That command will create a list
of public waves that will flood yourGoogle Wave inbox.
To narrow the topic down a bit, you can type in with:public <topic>, where <topic>is something you're
interested to see what other people on Google Wave are talking about regarding that topic. By the way, don't enter
the angled brackets. So if I wanted to see what the public is talking about regarding WordPress, I'd
enter with:public wordpress.
Here are 7 more ways you can get started experiencing Google Wave.
1. Talk to Eliza the Robot Shrink
Eliza the Robot Shrink is an automated robot you can converse with if you don't have any of your friends on Google
Wave yet. It's kind of fun and funny to play around with Eliza's responses.
You can converse with Eliza by adding her to a wave. Click on the plus sign above a new or existing wave and enter
the contact information firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Write a Posterous Blog Post
Here are the steps to write a blog post in Google Wave and have it sent to your Posterousblog:
1. Add email@example.com as a contact
2. Enter your email address and password for your Posterous account
3. Make sure you click Done or press shift-enter to save your login information
4. Click on the Login to Posterous button
5. Start a new wave and add the posterous-robot as a user
6. Now when you want to write a blog post in Google Wave and have it go to Posterous, just click the Done
button and it will post the Wave to Posterous.
Note: While editing your blog post in Google Wave, there is a check box by the Done button to save the post as a
draft. Also, not all formatting done in Google Wave will transfer correctly to Posterous, for now at least. Wave is
still in beta.
3. Open Multiple Waves
Here's a tip to open multiple waves. Hold down the Ctrl key in Windows and click on the wave you want to open in
your inbox. The wave will open (called a blip) under any existing open waves in the wave (blip) panel. See image
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4. Adding Gadgets
Gadgets allow you to extend the functionality of a wave (blip). Blips are on the far right panel where conversations
You can find a list of gadgets at Google Wave Extensions List Page. Typically gadgets are an .xml file. You add
them by finding the little green puzzle piece button on the toolbar of a blip.
There are many gadgets, but to get started, try the Likey Gadget. Copy and paste the url
http://www.nebweb.com.au/wave/likey.xml into the Gadget URL. See image below.
The Likey gadget places a Like and Dislike in a blip. So you can rate each blip as like or dislike.
Again, there are quite a few gadgets. The video, audio and conferencing gadgets look very interesting. Check them
out at the extensions link I provided above.
5. A Google Wave Address
Even though your wave address looks like an email address <name>@googlewave.com, it’s not. You can’t send and
receive email via that address.
However, if one of your Google Contacts (in Gmail) also has a Wave account, they will automatically show up in
your contacts list in Google Wave.
6. Google Wave and Internet Explorer
You can browse to wave.google.com with Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Flock and starting using it right away, but
not with Internet Explorer, you’ll need to install a plugin.
7. A list of Keyboard Shortcuts
Here's a list of common keyboard shortcuts that help while navigating Google Wave:
• The home key will take you to the first blip in a wave
• The end key will take you to the last blip in a wave
• While editing a new blip, press shift-enter to save the blip (same as clicking Done)
• Page Up and Page Down takes you up and down a whole panel's worth of blips
• Up and Down Arrows move up and down one blip at a time
• If you start a new blip and want to remove it before saving it, press the Escape key
• To edit the current blip, press Ctrl-E
Google Wave is just getting started. It's powerful and has a lot to offer which makes it kind of confusing for some
folks. But rest assured, I'll write more about Google Wave here on my blog as well as in my newsletter.
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