Sunday, May 31, 2009

Google's Next Wave

TechCrunch says Google wave drips with ambition:

Wave was born out of the idea that email and instant messaging, as successful as they still are, were both created a very long time ago. We now have a much more robust web full of content and brimming with a desire to share stuff. Or as Lars Rasumussen put it, “Wave is what email would look like if it were invented today.”

Having seen a lengthy demonstration, as ridiculous as it may sound, I have to agree. Wave offers a very sleek and easy way to navigate and participate in communication on the web that makes both email and instant messaging look stale.
At first glance, the move to shared accecible information waves reminded me of Gelertner's Streams idea. but like real good ideas, it sounds practical enough to get adopted and just revolutionary enough to be worth the leap. It's not out yet (this was a Google IO show preview), but I look forward to riding the Google wave.

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