What is Google Wave?

Ever since I started telling people I was riding the Google Wave, they kept asking me ‘What is Google Wave’?

My short explanation is:

‘it’s a real time communication and collaboration tool. Instead of writing and sending e-mails to different people you can have it all in one wave and see it updated in realtime as well! All the information in one tool!’ ‘And that’s just the tip of the iceberg’

Google Wave logoThe response I get to this is: ‘Is that it? You can do that in other tools as well except for the real-time bit.’

I have to agree with them that my short explanation doesn’t sound that exciting you really have to see what it can do in order to get just a tiny bit excited about it. So here for everyone, my slightly longer version including videos about ‘What is Google Wave?’

What is Google Wave?
Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. (Source: Google Wave)

A short and to the point video about Google Wave:

A short overview by the Google Wave team

Useful links
Official Google Wave site
Google Wave Guide: User Manual Released for Wave @ Mashable
5 Impressive Real-Life Google Wave Use Cases @ Masable
Google Wave Extensions

You really have to check out the 5 impressive cases, it’ll give you a good idea of what the tool can do for companies! Tjongolongo! I really like the things that the tool is being used for. I think that this can be a valuable tool for many organisations in the future. Internally you can collaborate much easier and externally you can have a whole new way of interacting with your customers. Marketing and Communications wise this can be a very interesting tool. I can’t wait for it to get mainstream! Because as long as this tool is only for the selected few, the reality is just as in the image below…

Google Wave in theory and in reality
Image spotted @ FRKNCNGZ.BLOG

Do you think there’s a future for Google Wave?
How would you like to use Google Wave?