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Google Wave: the email revolution, at last?

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We send 247 billion emails a day (…) but the basics of email haven’t evolved much since the first one was sent in 1971

Google’s answer to this problem is Google Wave

Still, Wave is only in a beta or preview state at the moment. And the principle sounds promising. You can imagine using it to collaborate on a article (we nearly wrote this one that way) – someone could write a section, others could comment or edit sentence-by-sentence, and there would be a permanent record of who made what changes and, most importantly, why. Or a project team could use it to keep a record of issues and their resolutions. It’s so powerful that you can run mini programs inside the Wave – an opinion poll, for instance, or a calendar.”

A couple of types of use are already emerging. One is to use Google Wave to collaboratively take notes during a lecture, talk or conference

Collaborative use within the workplace also seems to be a major future role. Tim Panton from has spotted the potential for using Wave with remote workers

Coles, Malcolm & Belam, Martin. Say Hello to Google Wave! on FUMSI ,  January 2010. online:

Google Wave live demo on YouTube:


Written by hbasset

March 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

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  1. Google Wave will cease at the end of Dec. 2010


    December 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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