First Google Wave Experience

I’ve typ­i­cally man­aged to get an invite from Google to all of their new prod­ucts ever since I first got in on the sec­ond wave of GMail invites. I’ve now been invited to Google Wave and done my part to share the love by invit­ing 20 friends and co-workers.

First the obvi­ous: Google Wave, with­out some­one to “wave” with, is use­less. So I’m very glad they’re let­ting new mem­bers invite a sub­stan­tial amount of their per­sonal network.

I haven’t yet used Wave for doc­u­ment col­lab­o­ra­tion, though I think it’s going to be one of the more inter­est­ing tasks I’m likely to per­form on it. Cur­rently it’s serv­ing as a very nice IM/Email com­bi­na­tion. It brings together the best of both worlds, instant updates and delayed read­ing if the other party isn’t there.

I’m also very Inter­ested in see­ing what types of gad­gets peo­ple develop for it. Exten­sions to the base prod­uct are prob­a­bly going to be what truly gives it value.

It’s most assuredly a beta though. I’ve already lost all the edits I’ve made in a wave and had to retype them after see­ing this gem of an error message:

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