The Google Wave, a new communication service previewed in late May, combines Gmail and Google Docs into a free-form workspace. In this workspace users can write documents collaboratively, plan events, play games and more. What makes the Google Wave different than regular e-mail or instant messaging platforms is that it is designed for users to thread their conversation in-message, which allows people to almost instantly reply or edit information in one central location.
Once you create a Wave you then add people to it. According to Google, “Everyone on your Wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets and feeds from other sources on the web.”
TM is still waiting to be invited to try the Wave, but so far reviewers have praised this new method of communication. Overall they have found that it is not as complicated as they initially thought. You can easily arrange your wave to be as complicated or as simple as you want. The navigation is easy to use it and users can easily control the look and feel. One of the main features of the wave is search, where you can create searches based not only on keywords, but activity, history, person and more.
The Wave is still in its ‘infant’ phase, but Google hopes that it will eventually overturn e-mail as Internets dominate method of communication. Once the Wave is launched be prepared to also see similar services provided by Yahoo and Bing.