Google Wave

June 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Posted in communication, software | Leave a comment

I spent around an hour yesterday watching the Google Wave preview at the Google  I/O developer conference last week. It really made email look like the ancient outdated dinosaur that it is and gave a glimpse into the near future of communications.

I loved the natural way in which Wave allowed conversations and discussions to take place within the original message (wave) and the way it combined the functions of  email, discussion lists, instant messaging and collaborative document editing. All in real-time too… really impressive! The ability to ‘play’ forward and back through a wave to see how it developed and who contributed what is a huge improvement on those endlessly forwarded emails, where you have to start at the bottom and read upwards to find out what’s going on. And as for the option for real-time translation into 20 languages – wow.

Given the enormous problems we have with email spam, phishing, trojans etc it seems like the time is right to invent Email 2.0 and migrate to a system that has been designed to avoid those problems, as well as offering all kinds of improvements. Even better, Google are making much of the code open-source, so organisations will be able to run their own customised Wave server which will still inter-operate in the same way as SMPT mail servers.

Personally, I can’t wait.


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