It appears that most people are.  What I’m going to attempt to do for you here is not a review or a how to…  That would be pointless.  It’s not a released product yet so it could change drastically and suddenly at any point.  What I shall be doing is giving you my take on what Google Wave is in it’s most basic form, what it can be used for and the concept of the wave it’s self.

NOT A Social Network

Whenever I’m helping someone get to grips with Wave, one of the first questions they ask is how they find other users or friends.  Well, you don’t.  I’m not saying you “can’t” because there *is* a social aspect to it but it’s not a social network, it’s a communication tool.  You don’t trawl around the email network looking for email addresses to add…  Think of Wave as being email 2.0.  Email with benefits.  If you’re a web forum user you can also see it as being like a forum on demand!


Sure you can use Wave to talk to an individual, just like email but it really comes into it’s own when you want to collaborate on something as a group.  If a person has an idea they can start a wave about said idea and invite other contacts into the discussion.  Just like CCing someone in an email but again better.  It’s better because they can be brought into the conversation at any point and see the whole conversation as it happened.  Using the “Playback” feature, they can also see how the conversation evolved post by post.  Particularly useful if a conversation has multiple threads.


Real life conversations are not perfectly linear.  They have multiple threads.  Something said earlier in a conversation might be revisited later etc.  By having a threaded view you can respond to anything and interject at any point in the conversation but unlike real life conversations, this need not cause the main thread to go off topic.  By using playback, you can see when and how various subtopics were started.

That’s All…  For Now

I’m not going to say any more.  The purpose of this article is to de-confuse.  If you want to learn more, Google it.

0 thoughts on “Confused By Google Wave?”

  1. What I’m really looking for is being able to collaborate on a single document with multiple people using Wave – not sure if poss

  2. It is sort of possible…If you treat the initial post in the wave as a document, anyone can edit it. You’ll notice that it has some basic word processor functions already. I expect that each blip (individual post in a wave) will ultimately be a fully fledged Google Docs document. A very clever way to get people using Google Docs, don’t you think? I bet Microsoft are more than a little concerned about this…

  3. That’s what I want – Google Docs on steroids! For the documents I want people to collaborate on I can just cut and paste the text and let it get worked on that way, so a way to get round that. But not so great for the spreadsheet I want people to collaborate on! Fingers crossed then for tight integration between Google Docs and Wave.

  4. come on people google doesn’t really push crap.. it usually gives you a very nice tools with a lot of little bugs that annoy the heck out of you.. honestly could they please not say error 502… tell us what the problem really is.. our email is down, what the hell are we going to do… can’t function without email.. you almost feel naked.. without your dam email and you want to know why.. do you know how often I have to sign in and out of my personal email to my business email to youtube accounts.. I have 11 youtube channels where I play 11 versions of myself.. like what would someone who has multiple personality disorder but is really a result of the butterfly effect be like.. and it is fucken madding that I have to sign in and out of my fucken accounts cause google hasn’t learn the magic of unlink my dam accounts… do you realize how ineffecient the way people who are using the web for social branding which I know you know about Lee.. the simple act of getting a video from youtube and the video response you did, plus the metadata and long term management is horrible inefficent.. the problem with the internet is simple repeatable tasks should never have to be repeated.. Lee arn;t you tired of all the time you waste because of simple annoying flaws in the ways you can interact with multiple pages at once.. dam it when will google get its head out of their ass and pay me to imagine a browser for the mobile social web.. the people that power the web. It is bullshit the way it is.. you are a star on twitter.. why do they not offer you a partner program? A way where you can grab your photos, youtube videos.. will grab your videos when they come out on youtube and have a simple #partners.. or other ways where they give you more options on your hompage.. it would be as simple as saying for $10 a month we will give you the ability to have resiazable images, best match in the background.. why can’t we load with the prime image.. even if it means the user can select their size when they sign in for a twitter account.. give us 5 live links in the background… empower us with facebook to twitter bumps with true url to our fanpage.. that would be a nice feature.. how about a fanpage how many people have pressed hide which tells you how much you can post to someones profile, so much I am going mad.. I see the internet like a cobweb.. where one side is guys like you, like me we make the content that people want. Now facebook twitter, google, youtube.. give us the chance to make you all better… let us be stars in this new virtual world that spans ,multiple mediums.. it truly is a new TV.. and we are the people that power it.. random moments in time from the chaos that is life… I hate borders too.. why do we need borders if we could just respect one and another in this world.. just remember to be a little kind.. what a place this world would be.. I would like to walk through the place where so much history and math was born.. why do we keep destroying this world me friend.. their is a garpages in the ocean.. the great pacific garbage patch… size of texas.. poisoning our food supply… me think I want to clean that up.. it is the least we could do.. why must profit always cause us to act in such horrid ways.. cause it is nothing compared to how we have and continue to damage the 2nd and 3rd worlds.. the price of free, the consequence of choice… we may have god like image.. but their are too many variables we can never see..most times we don’t want to see the consequences.. will we be remembered as the people who stood indifferent.. why this world was raped for profit and greed.. we sang out songs.. we prayed to our gods and did nothing as 800 000 died in rwanada.. if it was genocide we would have to act.. same in kosovo, 400 000 then.. 2 black people equal 1 white person.. makes sense if you are honest.. how many more die in iraq, Afghanistan.. for what, history shows that you can win in that type of warfare.. it is a replenishing war.. cause their are always causalities.. fathers that are lost.. did nobody read machivelli.. I fear we are the Fahrenheit 451 beavis and butthead generation… I got to do something… something that nobody can say is a bad thing.. I can’t stop wars.. That is too much profit for one man… I like scuba diving and love the ocean.. everybody says green.. what about blue… so I decided I am going to be loud… very loud and viral cause I am the elephant man online.. the youtube circus freak… 11 channels.. my goal is to do 11 videos a day, 11 text blog posts.. for 30 days.. which should feed 11 blogs and 11 twitters which I hate.. I don’t like twitter.. I talk to much.. was marx right.. if you were to look with honesty at how religion on both sides have been bastardized for control.. it is so obvious.. 50% of people in this world have been subjected to what can only become brainwashing.. what world does jesus ever stand for killing on either side.. Poeople have wars because they are greedy.. it is the only reason a war starts.. hate and greed… where is god in that.. wars are of very flawed men who instead of learning to be friends.. they stand apart saying you did this, you did that.. and they are basically all right and never wrong.. so fucken male.. what they need to do is get drunk get their dicks sucked by hot twins.. and be men… forgive me.. my dry humor.. but it works in asia.. where a rub and tug is considered good health…when all else fails a blowjob and booze could save lives.. it is the presidents wives on both sides that cause the war cause they won’t let their men get their dicks sucked by asian small handed hookers… penis suckers.. They call me the pirate, the madman.. all he does is random video responses.. you want video editing fine… don’t watch me.. I am random, I am 9, I am igebadia.. and you my friend have been welcomes to the madness… what if you could dance across the web using other peoples magic as lilly pads…tell your mom, tell your friend, not your girlfriend cause I will tell her how you are likely a male dog.. we like to hump everything.. so if you love us, train us with football and good food without nagging us to clean up on sundays… it is the lords day.. our god is the NFL is Goodell is the almighty smiter of those athletes that dare to be too black.. a path made possible by the NBA….MOFO’sss

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