Google Wave is an on line interactive site that allows users to have conference calls on the computer, where each contributor has full access to documents and other media. All people involved in a wave, which is very much akin to a conference call, that is being conducted with each person having equal control over changes to any posted documentation. Marketers and advertisers come to mind as the most targeted audience for this application, however it can be used for any documentation, including family scrapbooks and photo albums.
Google Wave records all conversations, written or vocalized, which can be accessed at a later date, and stored for later access. Maps can be gone over by people planning a trip, with each person drawing a route that would be of interest to them. Then, working together, a plan can be improvised in order to accommodate all involved. Any participant in the initial Wave can have anyone in their contact list join in the Wave at any time, and they would have access to everything done and talked about. They would also be able to look over the entire Wave, even for the time that they were not present.
Since Google Wave is live, chatting is instant, and includes all of the people involved in the Wave. The edits, changes and alterations are all done in real time, allowing anyone who is involved the ability to instantly throw in their two cents worth. Any changes that they see that would benefit the task at hand could be made known instantly, and the changes stopped before the inquiry has been dealt with unanimously.
Google Wave is also a great social networking site for people planning a vacation, road trip or other combined excursion. As people voice concerns, each person involved can instantly respond, either allaying their own fears, or jumping on board with other’s concerns. Each person can simultaneously make edits, draw lines or perform other changes to the documents or maps, showing what they mean on the map or document, and how those changes would benefit all involved.
Google uses the advertising slogan “Communicate and Collaborate in Real time”, with the sub-heading of “Or Anytime. Use Google Wave at home, at work and at play.” This pretty much sums up the basic premise of Google Wave, where all of the people involved in the on-line collaboration can make changes in real time to any document, map, or other digitally stored medium, as well as save the entire Wave for later review.
“Catch a wave and your sitting on top of the World.” (The Beach Boys).