Posts Tagged ‘Google Wave’

Google Kisses Wave Goodbye

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Google Wave

Last year Google announced a revolutionary new product at its I/O conference. Google Wave was described as what e-mail would look like if it was invented today. It looked amazing on stage, and nerds everywhere got excited. After lingering on the sidelines for way too long, Google announced today that it is pulling the plug.

Google reasoned that in spite of all the coolness, not enough people got on board. I would say that had a lot to do with the extended invitation-only period. By the time the world was offered Wave it was too late. People had moved on. Wave never got to realize its potential.

Google says it plans to continue supporting the website until the end of the year. It will also maintain portions of the code for use in other projects. Some of the coolest features like the character-by-character live typing and drag and drop features have already been released as open source. Google will be releasing tools to allow you to export your Wave content as well.

While I appreciate the steps Google is taking to gracefully fade out Wave, I am disappointed that the plug has been pulled so soon. When Buzz was released it looked like some of Wave’s features were included, specifically the real-time updates on every Buzz instance. Parts of Wave are going to continue to live on, so it will be interesting to see what comes next.

Wave This

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Wave This

Google announced a new feature on its Wave blog on Monday. “Wave This” is now available as a Chrome Extension, a Bookmarklet, and a button. When you are on a page you like, click Wave This and the title and URL will be added to a new wave. This follows in the footsteps of Buzz This or ReTweet buttons that are frequently seen on blogs. I used the Chrome extension last night for a post and it worked as advertised.

The bookmarklet is available on Firefox and Safari, as well as Chrome. With the Chrome extension you won’t need the bookmarklet though. The extension can be found here. If you want to try out the bookmarklet, go to the Wave blog and drag the link into your bookmark bar.

The button above is active, and can be used to share this post with your friends on Wave. Feel free to try it out. I think this is a really useful tool, and I will be utilizing it for creating waves in the future.

Using Google Wave Elements to Embed Waves

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

In my last post, I embedded a simple wave with a link to election results. In this post I am going to show you how it’s done. Until recently, to embed a wave you would add the Embeddy robot to your wave and copy and paste the code. Google has a new tool now, called Wave Elements that simplifies the process even more.

Wave Elements is a convenient way to add a wave almost anywhere. To start, create a wave post. Copy the URL of the wave, and go to http://www.google.com/webelements/wave. Once on the Wave Elements page, there is a step by step guide to walk you through the process. Simply paste the wave URL, choose a size and make whatever adjustments you want, and that is that. You get a sample of what the finished product will look like on the spot. See the image below to see my work in progress.

Once you are satisfied that it looks the way you want, simply copy the provided code and paste where you want it. In this case, I wanted it in my blog post. It’s as easy as that.

Unfortunately the wave didn’t translate into Google Buzz, but people were able to find the wave through my blog post. I am really happy with Wave Elements. It is really simple to use, and it looks really good. Be sure to give it a try.