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Google Wave May 30, 2009

Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Source, Social networks.
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google_wave_logoThe Google Wave communication architecture makes a lot of sense: integrate all your interpersonal communications applications (currently served by Email, IM, Blogs, Wikis, Twitter, FriendFeed) into one application hosted in the cloud and every correspondant / commentator / friend becomes a “contributor” to a common collaborative application (see this overview if you don’t want to spend 80 minutes watching the painful video).

While it’s a fine idea whose time has no doubt come, it appears to me to be simply a natural evolution of Facebook with finer grained access-control rather than a truely revolutionary platform.

I’m guessing that Wave’s achilles heel might be the current ubiquity of good old fashioned store-and-forward e-mail.  If Wave is going to succeed in supplanting e-mail, it’s going to have to co-exist with it somehow and provide an interface to SMTP …. which opens the door to spoofing and spam.  

On the other hand, Google may be able to induce corporations and governments to throw away their piles of Microsoft Exchange servers and replace them with open-source Wave servers. Who knows, miracles sometimes happen.

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1. Crystal Darby - August 11, 2009

Miracles, indeed! It would be a very happy day for me when proprietary software is chased out of corporations and governments!

This is very interesting. From a genre perspective, I can see the lines of “email” and “instant messaging” getting blurred here, which may or may not be a bad thing. It would be neat to see which register survives. You know, talkin liek im kool, eh? Or would I in fact, type like like a regular person when “emailing”?

I think it is really neat, but perhaps really distracting! I can just see myself not getting any work done because it would be so easy to join in wave after wave of (social) conversation. I do, however, see its great potential if you were to collaborate with coworkers on a project. Very cool.

On thing that made me especially curious was:
“Another great feature is the advanced spell checker that not only looks through a dictionary for spelling, but looks for context in your sentence. It’s crazy to think that this could work, but it does as they’re showing it off.”
Context! Incredible! How does this thing know semantics/pragmatics, given only text without any intonational markers?!

But — I remind myself that this will take a lot of time. I’m still waiting for a Google Chome port here in the Linux world…

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