Google Tsunami…Wait, what? I mean Google Wave.

… I start this off with “google tsunami” because as I was looking for wave information, I came across this.. and I quote:

Google Wave is just a precursor to the tsunamis that are going to hit this planet soon (just like the new Pepsi logo that looks like a giant wave). There are various other symbols out there right now, but these are two of the most prominent.

… well if that isn’t in someway prophetic (read: paranoid) as well as slightly interesting. Anyway, on THAT note…

I’ve been thoroughly stalking google wave information, because as we all know (or maybe just me, because I heart google immensely) it should be officially released September 30th for a select 100,000 who will get invites. That is still a month and a half of changes and provisions that will be done to bring us this amazing product. Various websites have been saying that this could make or break google… and I agree. This could literally change email as we know it… which may not be that good because my mom just got used to using gmail and this may totally throw her off her game ;) (HI MOM!)

I did an article on this previously, so just to refresh your (hopefully) eager minds, let me do a recap of what google wave will entail.

  • Real time typing/editing (which will make a great onlineĀ collaboration tool)
  • You can embed waves in various websites, it’s not just contained to the interface
  • Application abilities… developers can make wave applications and extensions. The possibilities are endless for them.
  • Completely open source.. meaning, it could potentially be taken to a level of insanity that we can only fathom.
  • Auto-correction. seems kind of like a “duh” thing right? Well it goes so far as to differentiate between words, such as “seen” and “scene”. It also auto-translates. Yup.
  • DEATH TO ATTACHMENTS! I ALWAYS forget to attach them (I even have the google labs option where it ‘senses’ you are missing an attachment and reminds you) but this just makes everything drag and drop so you don’t even have to use brain power to think about it. WONDERFUL!!

There are also potential BAD sides to this. One great thing about using gmail currently is that you KNOW everything is private, unless you willingly share something on google documents for others to collaborate on. I have a feeling that with google wave, the lines between public and private will be extremely blurry (drunk status) and you might ACCCCCCCCCIDENTALLY leave something up that you probably assumed/wished would stay private. Then people jump in and edit/comment, and the first thought that runs across your mind is “OH CRAP! OFFLINE! OFFLINE! ABORT MISSION. REPEAT: ABORT MISSION!”. All you extreme emailers with your wacky conversations better look out… big brother may accidentally be watching this time around.

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