Wednesday, September 30, might be called “W Day” if Google were coining a name for the day. That “W” doesn’t mean that Google will acquire Wikipedia (although I’m sure that’s in the works too), but rather the day that the much-hyped Google Wave invitations will arrive in the inbox of 100,000 developers, users who offered to give feedback (wannabe early-adopters), and select Google App Users. Update: Google Wave Invite Selling for $157 on eBay. Although it might be likely that many of these invitees may already be connected by fewer than 6 degrees by virtue of the fact that have commented on one of the many blog entries on Tech Crunch, Read Write Web, Mashable, and countless other blogs and websites, it may be less likely that they will be ready to collaborate with one another on a project on Google Wave.
For that reason, according to Tech Crunch, each of the 100,000 invitees will also be able to invite another 8 people who they can collaborate with Read Write Web reports that the initial 100,000 invitees will be able to nominate an additional 8 people who could potentially become wavees, presumably at Google’s discretion. Update: Google Wave Invites Will Be Sent out in the Evening in the U.S.
If you’ve ended up reading this blog (I hope there are some of you), you’ve probably already heard of Google Wave. But for those of you who have not or have heard of it but still don’t know what it is, Google Wave is defined by Wikipedia as:
Google Wave is “a personal communication and collaboration tool” announced by Google at the Google I/O conference on May 27, 2009. It is a web based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wiki, and social networking. It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide, for example, robust spelling/grammar checking, automated translation between 40 languages, and numerous other extensions.
According to the majority of tech bloggers and social media professionals, Google Wave is akin to the second coming of Christ. It will revolutionize everything about everything. In fact, I just did a Google Blog Search for the words Google Wave Revolutionize, and there were 8,195 results – some of them skeptics I’m sure, but a lot are simply frothing in anticipation for their invitation.
Well I admit that I am somewhat excited to get my invitation and I hope it comes tomorrow. However, I will approach Google Wave with some skepticism not so much with respect to its ability to perform the tasks it’s suppose to do, but more with respect to how it could potentially negatively affect productivity – the very thing it’s suppose to improve.
I often wonder when people will find the time to actually think if they spend so much of their time collaborating online. Like any new forms of technology, they’ve got to be managed to be used successfully. As much as e-mail had revolutionized business in the past decade, it has also allowed the “ADD Boss” (that’s Ayy Dee Dee) to be that much less focused. E-mail has been utilized effectively and been badly abused as is pointed out quite well in the best-selling book Send, reviewed here.
Although I do chat on Facebook, G-mail, and sometimes Skype, I often find that instant messaging is one of the biggest distrations and one of the hardest things to stop. You really have to be disciplined in ending a chat without letting yourself get carried away. It seems that saying goodbye can take forever and this can be a waste of time. Maybe it’s just me.
There are also skeptics out there that Google Wave is too complicated to garner mass appeal and may suffer a backlash:
It’s really Google Wave’s ambition that is a dual-edged sword. Because the team is trying to do so much with the product, there will be plenty of people who find it confusing and cluttered. And to some extent, they’re right.
But the same Tech Crunch article also says that despite a potential backlash and possibility of crashing and burning because of an over-ambitious project, online time will tell if the product will revolutionize our live. Read the full Tech Crunch article.
As excited as I am about Google Wave, I’m also a little skeptical of how this new tool may affect productivity. Anyone?
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