Google Wave


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Presentation for Third Tuesday Ottawa on October 23, 2009. My personal opinions only; not associated with CISTI.

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  • I should mention there are now tons of Google Wave invites available - people in the second round have them and people they invite have them - so the info about the 2nd round no longer applies. Google also says they have issued invites to everyone who requested through their website.
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Google Wave

  1. 1. Google Wave<br />Richard Akerman<br />October 23, 2009<br /><br />
  2. 2. Wave Dev in Ottawa<br /><br />Ottawa Wave Developers Group<br />Next meeting November 5, 6:30 PM, Code Factory<br />WaveCamp (“hackathon”) November 28, Code Factory<br />LIMITED SEATS<br /><br />David Cook<br />
  3. 3. Will Wave Collapse?<br />Google Wave = next Google Mailor<br />Google Wave = next Google Knolor<br />Google Wave = next Google Orkut<br />
  4. 4. Direction the wind is blowing?<br />Google Wave the web app<br />Google Wave the protocol<br />Enabling applications to be collaboration-aware<br />Google Wave as HTML 5 pathfinder<br />And HTML 5 driver (e.g. Google Chrome)<br />
  5. 5. Message in a bottle<br />Explicitly described as reinvention of email<br />Google Wave as tool to solve internal Google communication challenges, based on data from Gmail & Gchat – from the Google Maps developers<br />Remember: engineers like efficiency<br />But also remember: inventors don’t necessarily know what they’ve invented… trying to see what the uses are and testing the limits of the system<br />
  6. 6. Treasure Beneath the Wave<br />Ideas from Google (Lars):<br />Ads<br />“almost certainly” add Wave to Enterprise bundle<br />APIs<br />The following is my wild speculation:<br />Google Wave as part of the Enterprise offer?<br />Undersea ecosystem? (Wave apps store.)<br />
  7. 7. First and Second Wave<br />1st round = 100,000 who each got 8 invites<br />2nd round therefore = 800,000 who currently have zero invites<br />You can request a regular account online<br />Go to and click “Request an invitation”<br />You can follow @googlewave , @twephanie and @larsras<br />
  8. 8. No Overlapping Waves<br />Developer’s Sandbox =<br />“Please keep in mind that does not currently interoperate with users on”<br />Separate form to request a developer account.<br />Preview = (pre-beta)<br />“much much more demand than capacity right now” - @twephanie, October 14, 2009<br />Their major major focus is scalability and stability.<br />Some of the features demoed in the sandbox are NOT available in the preview.<br />
  9. 9. Terminology<br />Wave = an entire discussion<br />Wavelet = subsection of a discussion<br />Blip = individual “post”<br />Extensions:<br />Robot = software that can join as a “member” of a wave and act upon the wave’s contents (e.g. Rosy Etta translator bot)<br />Gadget = “plug in” that you can add to a particular blip (e.g. Google Maps extension) – a further development of existing Google Gadgets<br />
  10. 10. More resources<br />Google Wave Developer Blog<br />Google Wave 1 hour audio interview<br />