More than one million people are actively using Google Wave, the search engine's real-time collaboration platform, to work together on various projects. Collaborative debate Website Debatewise.org used Wave recently to let 1,000 people from more than 130 countries debate issues arising from the Copenhagen climate change conference. Caroline Dahll??éf and Carolyn Uy, founders of application development outfit Lyn And Line, use Google Wave to create educational story applications. Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler said Forrester is working on a session on Wave as an example of next-generation collaboration tools for distributed teams for its next IT Forum.
More than one million people are actively using Google
Wave, the search engine's real-time collaboration platform, to work together on
Google periodically publishes use cases for Wave. While
these prove quite different in nature, they're all linked by a common thread:
collaboration among multiple people or co-workers to achieve common objectives.
Co-workers are using Wave to instant message each other, share files
and documents and edit each other's work, all in real time. Users can
even play back Wave content and interactions.
Collaborative debate Website Debatewise.org used Wave
recently to let 1,000 people from more than 130 countries debate
issues arising from the Copenhagen climate change conference. This Global Youth Panel
used Wave to debate
climate change, sharing links and other content.
To do this in a manageable fashion, Debatewise.org founder David Crane said the panel created one index wave containing links to
all the debates, each of which had its own set of sub-waves, one for each point
making up the debate.
To get debaters to write summaries of the discussion in
the first Wave blip, Crane and his colleagues exercised a little social
engineering by leaving notes in a blip saying "Part of point added to the
summary," to publicly pat participants on the back. Wave's design,
real-time communication and playback feature enabled this to work.
"I'm a huge believer in collective intelligence and
think these tools give Google Wave significant advantages over a traditional
wiki for bringing new participants into the fold," Crane said. "As a
result, we had healthy, live debates on a global scale, giving a voice to youth
around the planet in an international forum, and have learned what to do next
Caroline Dahll??Ã©f and Carolyn Uy, founders of application
Lyn And Line
Google Wave to create educational
story applications, such as
The Rescue of Ginger
. Ginger, targeted for children between the ages of 2 and 5,
is available on smartphones based on the Google Android and Apple iPhone
Colleagues Dahll??Ã©f and Uy live more than 5,000 miles
apart with a time difference of nine hours. While one is sleeping, the other is
working, leaving messages and source code in Google Wave for the other to see
at her convenience. Moreover, they use multiple waves to compartmentalize
Dahll??Ã©f and Uy said they use a wave to work on source
code changes together; one for tracking bugs, a wave for storyboarding, where they
add, edit, or comment on each other's ideas. They have a separate wave for people
they need to contact.
"The beauty of this organization is that every
morning, we can look at our inboxes and get a quick overview of what the other
person has been doing," Dahll??Ã©f and Uy said. "Because Google Wave
notifies us when there is a change, there is no need for an extra e-mail
summarizing what has happened.... Having all of our conversations in different
waves has made it easy for us to stay informed despite the distance and time
Dennis Elliot, the Web manager at Clear Channel Radio in
Greensboro, N.C., said
he created a wave called Big Game Home
Invasion, an on air and online promotion involving two clients that required
input from sales people, the sales manager, the station program director,
the station promotions director, the online content coordinator and himself.
10 Things Microsoft Must Do with Office 2010 to Beat Google"Without a Wave, we would have had to resort to
numerous back and forth e-mails, sending graphics files to each other
approval, having people go from office to office to see updates and
questions and lots of time tracking people down by phone. Instead, we
entire project in Wave in just a fraction of the amount of time it would
normally have taken," Elliot said.
So there are people using Wave for collaboration beyond
just, the "OK, I'm here now what the heck do I do with it" reaction
some consumers ascribe to the platform.
Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler told eWEEK he
doesn't discount the early use cases, adding that Forrester is
working on a session on Wave as an example of next-generation collaboration
tools for distributed teams for its next IT Forum.
"Wave is still in the 'what's it good
for?' stage," Schadler added. "But it's a classic c&e
problem [chicken & egg]. It's only disappointing, though, in the context of
the big bang with which they launched it and it was received."
Too ballyhooed or not, Wave is rolling out to all consumers and businesses in 2010, Google Enterprise President Dave Girouard said.