[LINK] Google Wave

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Sat Oct 3 09:44:34 AEST 2009

Jan Whitaker wrote:
> Do linkers have thoughts on this new Google project? It looks like a 
> portal on steroids, not much different from the new Yahoo interface. 
> Am I missing something?
> Jan

and from IBM ... I'm getting a sense of deja vu - anyone else recall centralised 
email storage systems?
The privacy and confidentiality implications of hotmail, gmail and yahoo mail 
are worth pondering. I would suggest the business intelligence itself would be 
hugely valuable.
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> Nigel makes Waves: Google's bid to overthrow email
> Asher Moses
> October 2, 2009 - 12:36PM
> His academic rock star brother is known as "the Mozart of maths" but 
> Google Australia engineer Nigel Tao may one day be able to match that 
> accolade if he succeeds in helping the search giant to overthrow email.
> This week, Google opened up its groundbreaking 
> <http://wave.google.com>Wave product to the public for the first 
> time, offering invitations to a select group of 100,000 testers, 
> developers and early adopters from around the world.
> Tao, 30, is part of the team at Google Australia that created the 
> product and, perhaps fitting for a software company such as Google, 
> comes from a rich lineage of maths geniuses.
> His older brother Terry, 34, won the Fields Medal, considered the 
> Nobel Prize of maths, in 2006 and at 24 became the youngest full 
> professor appointed to the maths department at the University of California.
> His other brother, Trevor, is the subject of an upcoming book on 
> autistic savants and has a double degree in maths and music.
> Nigel, who has an IQ of 180, is also a maths whiz but went down a 
> different path after leaving university in 2001 to follow his honours 
> supervisor to a coding gig at a dotcom company in the US.
> He has been working at Google Australia since 2006.
> "It might have been genetics, it might have been upbringing, but part 
> of it is [that] as kids we enjoyed reading about maths and ... 
> messing around making programs," he said.
> "I don't have a trophy cabinet like Terry does but I think I've done 
> some good stuff."
> A case in point: Google Wave. The product seeks to introduce a 
> completely new way of communicating online by combining elements from 
> email, instant messaging, wikis and social networks with the ability 
> to share documents, maps, images and video - all rolled up into a 
> single new web-based tool.
> Head Google engineer Lars Rasmussen said the company planned to open 
> Wave up to everyone early next year but first wanted to make sure all 
> of the bugs were ironed out and that Google's servers could handle the load.
> "It is a new type of communication - email is the way most people 
> still communicate, which is remarkable because the technology was 
> invented 40 years ago," he said.
> "If you look at a picture of the first computer that sent an email, 
> it looks sort of like a cockpit in an old airplane."
> Some enterprising bloggers have tried to sell their sought-after Wave 
> invitations on eBay, even though it breaches the site's terms of service.
> One blogger 
> <http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/10/01/google-wave-invites-for-sale-on-ebay/>claimed 
> he was offered several thousand dollars for his invitation before 
> eBay told him to remove the auction.
> Rasmussen describes a Wave as a shared object that sits in between a 
> conversation and a document.
> Everything inside Wave happens in real time and groups of friends can 
> use it to chat, collaborate on documents, play games and share files.
> Rasmussen admits he still does not know exactly how people will end 
> up using it, which is why Google has opened up the platform with an 
> Application Programming Interface (API) so that third parties can 
> extend Wave's functionality - in a similar way to "extensions" for 
> the Firefox browser.
> "We think our API is good enough that integration can be done with 
> Twitter, Facebook, email, instant messaging, Orkut," he said.
> "The idea is you could sit inside Wave and manage all your 
> communication on those other systems - or not."
> Some of the extensions developed so far include Sudoku, 
> teleconference tool Ribbit, Lonely Planet travel guides, Google Maps, 
> AccuWeather and video chat.
> Rasmussen and his team have coined the term "wave moments" to 
> describe something in Wave that would have been much more difficult 
> to accomplish using existing communications tools.
> They now use Wave for most of their internal communications and find 
> it is a more efficient way of conducting meetings, as text from each 
> participant appears live as they are typing.
> Revisions of the tool will allow users to turn the live typing 
> function off, Rasmussen said.
> "When you have everyone in a room, only one person can talk at a time 
> but in a Wave you can have five people talking at the same time," he said.
> Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said he 
> <http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/web/2009/05/29/1243456712775.html>thought 
> Wave sounded "kind of crazy" when it was first proposed in 2007 but 
> now believes it will herald "a form of interaction that you would not 
> have previously imagined".
> This story was found at: 
> http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/nigel-makes-waves-googles-bid-to-overthrow-email-20091002-gfq9.html 
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