Yes, Google wave is a significant improvement over email and I’m glad to be having it already.
Whenever a person opens Wave for the first time, he is greeted by a 2 minute video of Dr. Wave who gives a brief explanation of what wave is about. When I compare that with the welcome email I got when I first signed up for Yahoo! Mail, I’ve already watched technology come a long way.
For those who are not familiar with Google Wave, I’d like to recommend a few excellent articles.
1. Mashable’s Google Wave : A complete guide
2. Mashable’s The top 6 game changing features of Google Wave
4. Google’s own guide
5. List of Robots for Wave
There is even a Firefox addon, here.
Now briefly, let me write down a few things that are absolutely simplistic about wave – rephrazing Google’s own wave on wave.
1. Like you use gmail to send emails, you use wave to create and edit waves.
2. Think of a wave as document that you create and the document is available in a sever somewhere for another person to see.
3. You cant edit an email after you’ve sent it. But a wave is sitting there so that it can be edited any time. So hypothetically, you could have just one wave per person and keep on editing it to add more content. One wave can thus be equivalent to multiple emails.
4. Wave represents a closed set of users. Whatever is created remains within the closed set of users. A person who doesnt have a wave account, cannot send a email to a wave account.
5. A wave can be both a document and a conversation.
6. Like recipients for email, you have participants for wave. All participants on a wave can edit any part of the wave, at the same time.
7. A wave can have blips in it. A wave with blips is a rough equivalent of an email thread. To quickly read through unread blips in a wave, hit the spacebar.
8. You can have your own wave profile to help to help your contacts recognize you on a wave.
9. You can use the playback feature lets to move through the history of a wave. Awesome!
10. Extensions let you add rich content and interactions to waves, or integrate with other systems.
11. To attach a file to a wave, start in edit mode. Then either:
- Click the paperclip and select the file from your desktop or
- To drag and drop right from the desktop into a wave, install Gears in your browser.
12. Google Wave’s spelling correction uses the context of your message to correct your spelling.
13. You can remove waves from your inbox in two main ways:
- Archive: takes a wave out of your inbox until someone updates it
- Mute: takes a wave out of your inbox unless someone adds a private reply to you
You can always find these waves again by searching for them.
14. Tags are an easy way participants can share organization of waves. Any participant can add or remove a tag.
15. You can create folders to organize your waves.
So there are the basics. Happy waving!