[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?
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
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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
> 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
> 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".
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