8 Ways to Make the Most Out of Google Wave

Although the stats show that it was Michael Jackson who kicked everyone’s butts in 2009, I insist that the real star of the year was Google Wave. Yup. Love it or hate it, you gotta have at least once thought that “dude, my ears are being Waved off.”

Me? I’m guilty of over-hyping. But I can’t help it. I love Google Wave. Why wouldn’t I love it? It’s a brilliant idea, it’s brilliantly done, and it’s from Google, my favorite word in the world. I am always a little annoyed when people ask me, with a very condemnatory tone: What the hell can we do with Wave?

But what can you do with Wave? Oh, let me count the ways…

1. Stop fighting over what/where to eat.

If your lunch mates are a pain in the behind...

If your lunch mates are a pain in the behind...

If your lunch group is like mine, you’re really going to enjoy this. Suggest a lunch venue, say yes, or no, or neutral, and Lunchy does the math for you. No more arguing. No more problems. Life is solved with statistics. Again. Hurray for statistical democracy. Get Lunchy, lunch-time decider for Wave.

2. Mind map! Mind map! Mind map!

Map your ideas on Wave

Map your ideas on Wave

Okay, my mind is still in work mode, but I really can think of a million ways to use collaborative mind mapping besides create information architecture. How about Christmas gift-buying made easy, since we’re in the holiday season and all? I already tried for the The Non-Geek Christmas Gadget Guide, as you can see from this screenshot. You can even mark really lame ideas with a Minesweeper style bomb. Oh, do I love that. Add the Mindmapping Google Wave gadget here.

3. Live-in with your live-away boyfriend (among other things).

I really can’t say much about this, but you have to watch the video to understand the craziness of it all. Long-distance lovers, rejoice.
Add 6Rounds Video Chat Experience here.

4. Get therapy.

Just in case you need therapy...

Just in case you need therapy...

Beirut already has a great post on how to use social media to stop being so miserable, but if you need to see a shrink instead, don’t worry, we at ThoughtPick will give you the social media shrink as well. Honey, meet Dr. Eliza, the robot shrink. Add here at elizarobot@appspot.com.

Thanks to Rotorblog for the image.

5. Why, play games of course!

Play all kinds of games on Wave, including chess

Play all kinds of games on Wave, including chess

The amount of simple games on Wave is kind of mind-numbing. My favorites are chess, hangman, and Soduku. No better way to waste time, I say.

Get Wave chess gadget here, add hangman at wavehangman@appspot.com, and get Soduku gadget here.

6. Vote things up, and down.

Ratings stuff democratically is so much easier

Ratings stuff democratically is so much easier

A nifty rating system amongst your friends and colleagues can often do wonders. Maybe you want to decide what to get a friend, where to go for lunch, or vote on an outfit, or something.
Get Ratings here.

7. Stop your clients from driving you crazy

Edit vector files right in Wave

Edit vector files right in Wave

…especially if you’re in the creative field. Get this: in the same place where you’re keeping documents, mail, attachments, etc, you can also LIVE edit VECTOR FILES. Can you hear the excitement in my voice? No more endless hours spent over the phone, trying to explain information architecture and visual concepts. You just… do it. While they watch. Somewhere far, far away.  All you need to do is use this Vector Editor Wave Gadget.

Okay, the gadget needs tweaking, but maybe Adobe will soon launch a real Illustrator gadget. Adobe need to jump into the cloud before it’s too late (yes, my necessary blabber has to come in).

8. Satisfy your inner music geek.

SoundCloud makes your musical life better

SoundCloud makes your musical life better

Send and receive music on Wave, really, really easily. Get SoundCloud music gadget here.

Sold yet?

If this list doesn’t do it for you, let me know, I’ll shove more awesome reasons why you should love Wave soon again :D

Do you have any favorite Wave use-cases, gadgets, or bots? Let us know, I’m not sure about the rest of the team, but I’m personally a Wave-memorabilia collector.

Comments and Reactions

2 responses to “8 Ways to Make the Most Out of Google Wave”

  1. Beiruta says:

    Hmmm… I HATE to admit it but after your review, Google Wave sounds so much more fun and useful! I personally like the Mind Map and the Voting the most for business and the gaming for fun! :)

    Thank you for the great info :)

  2. Cool review, but I would have added one more point, which is the access to Public Waves and how to make one! I have reviewed this specific feature here: http://www.steitblog.com/2009/11/04/how-to-crea

    Again, very cool review! Thanks :)


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