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: