Surfing the Google Wave
_ I got one ! I got one !
_ What ?
_ A Google Wave account !
_ Well yes, what about it ?
_ It's the new thingamajig by google, it's gonna connect us all real time and we'll merge and mashup our lives with our tweets and, and, and...
_ Shut up ! calm down and tell me more.
_ Ok, well up to now the web has evolved, from static pages to dynamic pages. IM turned us into frantic chatterboxes. Then the web started being user contributed, we posted blog posts, comments.
Then Facebook and Twitter came along, mixing our physical meaty social life with our web life. GMail became a kind of hub to our chat and mail use. Skype merged IM with chat and video conferencing. Our networked life became rich but complicated.
Google Wave, tries to tie all of this in some sort of realtime web app making it easier to use the virtual team metaphor. You will be able to chat exchange document and data inside your wave, that wave being constituted by all your wave contacts. As usual with all new stuff, it will find it's usefulness once we comprehend the whole thing.
So far SAP has a BPM (Business Process Modeling) module for Wave. And of course at nobrandapp we are already thinking about our own addition to the wave.
UPDATE : Salesforce.com has also come up with a Wave extension.
UPDATE May 2011 : GWave is buried , but its code will live on, who knows what will rise ???
UPDATE Jan 2012 : GWave is long gone. In it's place we have had Google Plus. Probably filled with bits of Wave, but who cares anyhow.