Thursday, June 4, 2009

Google Wave Review: The Complete Guide

Google's new real time communication tool "Google Wave".. Here we will be discussing in detail the new new internet hype: The Google Wave..

What is Google Wave??
As mentioned earlier it s a real time communication tool as it brings together the major features of email.. instant messaging.. wikis.. chat.. social networking.. and project management to build one elegant, in-browser communication client..

Some of the prominent features of Google Wave:
* Open Source: The best feature about Google wave would be that it is open source.. Making way for innovative ideas from developers..
* Real Time: In most cases you will be able to see what the other person is typing..
* Embeddability: Can be embeded into any blog or website.. Now that's real cool!!
Wiki functionality: Anything anyone write in Google Wave can be edited by anyone else.. Making it possible to correct, append and also comment on information..
Applications and Extensions: Just like an iGooole gadget, developers can develop their own gadgets for the Google Wave..
Auto Correct AI: Can auto-correct your spelling and translate.. It even knows the difference between similar words, like “principle” and “principal”..
* Playback: You can play back any part of the wave to see what was said..
Drag-and-drop file sharing: No more attachments.. Google is keeping it to a simple drag and drop..

Google Wave Has Its Own Lingo

To thoroughly understand Google Wave you will need to understand the terminology behind it..
* Wave: Just like in forums or IMs.. A wave is a specific thread of conversation.. It can have only a single person or a group or people or even robots..
* Wavelet: A wavelet is just like a wave but only its a subset of a previous wave..
* Blip: A Blip is smaller than a wave which is like a single message in a IM conversation..

* Document: A document actually refers to the content within a blip. This seems to refer to the actual characters, words, and files associated with a blip..
* Extension: Is a mini application that works within a wave.. Something like an applet in Java.. There are two main types of applications on Wave:
a> Gadgets:
A gadget is an application users can participate with, many of which are built on Google’s OpenSocial platform..
b> Robots: Robots are an automated participant within a wave. They can talk with users and interact with waves. They can provide information from outside sources..
* Embedded Wave: An embeded wave is a way to take a Google Wave and the conversation within it and place it on your website.. ie embed it.. Users could use this as a chatroom, as a way to contact you, or for something more..

As soon as it up and about.. We'll let you know..


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