Imagine a conversation in which each participant can edit and delete statements and invite others to the next person without interference from the founder of the thread. In addition, everyone can see it keep what you write - even if it does not publish this expression. When you make a mistake or please edit sentence, it will be visible to other users. Completes the whole possibility of inserting multimedia, maps and the use of third party applications using open APIs.
Google's Wave is so advanced communication platform that has a chance to become the next Internet revolution as Facebook or Twitter. The application has already announced a few months before the conference, Google I / O keynote, and now is available as "preview". Means that it is in the stage of continuous development and the possibility of using it have only selected users who have received invitations. The situation recalls the strategy, therefore, the company has used for launching Gmail. This may result from both the willingness to call a broad interest, and slowly increasing the burden on the site. Initially, invitations were sent to a select group of testers 100.000. Each of them also received the option of inviting another 8 people. Invitations to this group of users are still being sent.
How does the Wave? At first glance the Google interface wave appears to be chaotic and difficult in mastering. However, upon closer scrutiny, and accustomed to the activities of the main features, service turns out to be thoughtful and not so complicated to use, as suggested by the screenshots.
Focal point of the site is a list of topics or waves. Wave can be public or accessible only to invited guests. In each conversation may attend any number of people. If it is closed to access to it is limited to invitees. However, each participant may be invited to wave the next person discussions, which in a short time can cause considerable confusion. Currently, the application does not have the possibility of inviting new people to block or remove users from the discussion.
The most interesting and most innovative is the way of discussion. Each participant can add new posts, and within a person speaks, even in the middle of a sentence. Users can edit and delete other statements of other participants in the wave. This is one of the most shocking and also the characteristics of the Google wave. Probably no other system of communication in real time has a similar function. With the increasing popularity of the website can give rise to problems with vandalism known to us even from the Wikipedia.
In addition, the communication takes place in real time in the full sense. This means that you can see real-time text entered by other users. Google's text editor has already allowed the creation of common documents, but never by several people simultaneously. Sometimes the cause of amusing moments as the discussants enhance each other's mistakes, cancel the speech which someone replied, disrupting the course of a conversation or begin to respond before the other participant has time to finish sentence. When it does so a dozen or a dozen people at the same time, it's easy to imagine the possible level of chaos.
For some of the Google wave action can be extremely annoying, and for others it may be the perfect tool. Regardless of whether the application is successful, the combination of all the editing capabilities of all communication in real time is truly amazing and deserves recognition. Wave's potential applications are vast. In some cases, may replace e-mail and instant messaging. Especially when communicating with each group of several people. Wave using Google, you can write content of documents on an ongoing basis to make these amendments and put comments. Is ideal for free discussion among friends, conduct brainstorming sessions or making notes for issues related to a specific project or topic. For more unusual ideas to carry out RPG or a joint session of writing online stories.
Simple discussion, even with the functions of editing and preview in real time, it is far too little to wave to be considered truly revolutionary tool. So let's look at the additional features. And so, creating a statement you can use a WYSIWYG editor to use underlining, bold, bullets, and insert links to pages or other waves. You can even directly in the thread call the Google search box and insert a link to the identified page.
The statements may also be accompanied by illustrations, video or any files that other users will be able to download. And although anyone can edit any content in the wave, the change history can be traced through the "playback", which is similar to mechanisms used in the wiki sites. However, the only way to restore the deleted content is a view of the previous version, copy it and re-placement in the thread.
Wave extend the power of Google Gadgets that provide functions of external applications within the speech users. By default, available only with a few gadgets which include a questionnaire to the thread, interactive map or the Internet version of the game Sudoku. Additional gadgets you can join by using their Web address (a list of examples can be found at sites.google.com / site / gwaveextensions / extensions-list). Possible uses are virtually unlimited gadgets. While discussing with friends about interesting books you can attach to the expression results from bookstore. Planning a trip to check the map its exact route and all the important points, and leisure urzdzisz chess tournament. And all this while using only one site.
It was not all that prepared for us developers of Wave. Another addition to the site are known. bots. After adding a bot to wave it can put its contents in response to user commands. Eg bot site Tungsten | Alpha perform all mathematical calculations and draw the graphs. Another bot will translate to the chosen language of expression using Google Translate, and another wave will protect against unauthorized editing will automatically restore the remembered version. Currently, there are already dozens of bots created by users.
This is achieved through open APIs. Google took care so that the site was the driving force for active community of users. In addition, Wave is not only the application, but also an open protocol. As if this were not enough, the main engine site is made available under an open-source software. Accompanied by a sample project application. Thanks to everyone can run and develop independently their own equivalent of Google's Wave using it, for example for communication within a company or organization.
Finding Wave in practice in a fairly complex structure of the Google wave takes time. It is important to note a few specific solutions. You can not delete a thread, even if he himself created, unless one of them have joined. If you no longer wish to participate in the thread, you can move it to the trash. A thread can also be archived (like Gmail). Then disappears from the inbox, but will be available throu