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Google Wave Is a Frothy Collaborative Mix of Chat, IM, Twitter and Google Docs in Real-Time

Illustration for article titled Google Wave Is a Frothy Collaborative Mix of Chat, IM, Twitter and Google Docs in Real-Time

I have the feeling Google Wave is something you're gonna have to use to really understand: In the simplest terms, it's a live chatroom with a spread of documents, photos and/or videos, where you can reply to any part of any message or anything that's shared, and it's all real-time.

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Illustration for article titled Google Wave Is a Frothy Collaborative Mix of Chat, IM, Twitter and Google Docs in Real-Time

The idea is to drag email and IM into real-time—so it's free-wheeling mesh of Twitter, IM, Friendfeed really, any other kind of service presenting semi-real-time stuff in a stream. But in Google Wave, you can share and collaborate on projects, and all of this is mashed together at once, so it might be the ultimate service for people with ADD, or enterprise looking to simulate the feeling of 10 people standing around a desk scattered with a bunch of projects, but you're all able to work on any of them simultaneously while you're also whispering to the cute girl across the table about the new sushi place around the corner. You start a wave with any message or photo or whatever, and you bring people into the discussion, and then they can bring other people in as well (unless you block it or start kicking people out) so it's as public or private as you want it to be.

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It's easy to see why Google would jump in here—real-time is the next iteration of the internets, and everybody's been obsessed with it since Twitter (look no further than Facebook). Not only does Wave elevate the collaborative and conversational aspect of real-time, Google's smartly pimping it from the app side too, pushing for apps that use and run within a wave, since a service is now really only as good as it is as a platform. At least, I think that's what this is all about. Maybe it's just a surfing chatroom. [Google Wave, Cnet]

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StarControl

I honestly don't get tweeter (facebook, myspace I sort of get). But people tweeting every 10 minutes is ridiculous. It's sad and pathetic in my opinion. The only thing that is more pathetic is the people "tuning in" to those tweets. Honestly what has changed in your life so much in the past 5 minutes that you need to tweet and tweet and tweet yet again.

"I'm sitting on my desk right now"

1 min later "I am browsing that x rated site just now"

30 seconds later "oooo I just got a boner"

2 mins later "I'm bored"

20 second later " I just picked my note and you won't believe what I found"

5 mins later "I'm gonna go take a crap"

Really people ? Come one!