Hope you all have seen the latest stuff from Google – GOOGLE WAVE. If you haven’t, check out the video below.
When I saw the video for the first time (Yes. I saw it three times to convince myself its actually true!) a few thoughts were on my mind.
1. This is going to change everything
Google has influenced the history of technology time and again. And this time, they have redefined everything that we know about communication over internet. When everyone has been going crazy over 140 chars. These folks went ahead and decided to change our lives! I think WAVE will change everything as we know it –
- Email – Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.
- Instant Messaging – Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger, GTalk etc.
- Social Networking – Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, Twitter etc.
- Collaboration tools – Zoho, Google Docs, Adobe tools etc.
- Content publishing – Blogs, Discussion Boards, Wikis
Yes. Once WAVE is out, I can foresee massive changes to all of the above and beyond!
2. This is what I would call a complete solution
Once you see the complete video and try to make a list of the goodies in the demo, you would realize that they have practically thought of everything you can think of (or rather you would never think of) and went ahead to implement it. It’s not just talk. They have it implemented it and we can see it working. They have thought about a lot of things that can possibly be done and have gone ahead to support it.
And most importantly they have a robust architecture that supports it all. The Robots, Spelly, Linky, Searchy, Map Pin, games extensions and gadgets are a classic example (to understand what these terms mean, check out the video).
They have even integrated it with mobiles. They have a Android and iPhone version of WAVE. They have integrated it into Blogger. They have api’s in place to integrate with other applications – Twitter, Bugzilla!
3. This is what a team can do within 3-5 years
At one point in the demo, the GUY mentions that the WAVE uses the Google Web Kit extensively and Google Web Kit was launched sometime in 2006. So, can we take it that today in 2009, these folks have been working on Wave for around 3-5 years max?
4. This could very well be a case study in UX
Wave is a good example of how complex an application can get. The more an application gets complicated, the more difficult it is to design great user experience around it.
I have heard of stories in the past where people have talked about how Google has begun resorting to Engineering solutions for Design problems. But, the UI and experience of WAVE seems to be as good as it can get. Wave like most other Google products uses the KISS mantra to the core!
5. Google is getting so good that it’s scary
When they redefined Search (google.com), we welcomed them with open arms and hearts. When they redefined Email (gmail), we hailed and cheered with high spirits. When they redefined Photo sharing (picasa), we were quick to adopt it. When they solved the Online-Offline problem of the internet (google gears), a lot of SaaS ventures cropped up. When they redefined instant messaging (google talk), It was a welcome relief over other stale IMs. When they redefined Browser experience (chrome), we started thinking about how Google is slowly becoming more than just a internet services company and started realizing how much it has become part of our life style.
Now, with WAVE, they are affecting personal and business usage of the internet so much that WAVE and Chrome might end up being the single most solution/application an average internet user might need in their life! Maybe we will see computers with a Google OS (Android ported to desktop?) and just Chrome in it. They have everything else that a user needs hosted remotely on their server (docs, reader, calendar, picasa, wave). That way establishing a true and complete SaaS package! Google’s way of leveraging technology is fantastic and it’s also intimidating to other global leaders. They did it before with Gmail and then with Gears. Now they have pushed the limits further in Wave.
Anyway this post isn’t about doing a post mortem on what’s wrong with us. It’s more about the exciting times we are all living in. If we can grab a lesson or two in the meanwhile it’ll be great!
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Google Wave can make you more productive even when you’re having fun.
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Learn how to put waves in your site and build wave extensions with the Google Wave APIs.
Google Wave uses an open protocol, so anyone can build their own wave system.
Learn more at www.waveprotocol.org.