Google Wave: Revolutionizing Collaboration but Will the Wave Crash?

Since Google Wave’s unveiling in May, it was quite interesting to try to figure out heads or tails of how the application will be received once it’s released. And now, we are inching closer and closer to when it opens for the general public. Closed Beta testing has been open for a few chosen developers who have been actively providing feedback on Google products. Will Wave be able to create a tsunami upon its release?

So what is Wave?

Wave, in the word of its co-creator, Lars Rasmussen:

Google Wave

Google Wave

“Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.”

Wave’s Engulfing The Islands of  Sharepoint & Lotus

Given that we trust Google to provide us with intuitive user interfaces within a very low learning curve, its entry into the corporate world will be quite smooth and exponential – if we only consider those two facets – more about that later on.

The threat it poses is probably the greatest to IBM and Microsoft’s collaborative Business software. Combined with the other Google services and its source nature, it promises to take cloud computing and social networking to the next level.

69% of Web News is Google, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Microsoft!

Is Google, Twitter, iPhone, Yahoo and Microsoft news the only hot topics in on the Web? If 69% of the most popular Web news sites is dedicated to those 5 giants, how will start ups ever be seen or heard? Are news resources being fair with new, creative start ups with original ideas and well-executed implementations?

Looking at OriginalSignal‘s page, I can’t help but wonder: How does well-reputed news resources fall into the trap of allowing their supposedly “high-quality” news content to be sometimes redundant and at other times even ridiculous or simply just not worth reading?

OriginalSignal News Highlighting the 5 Popular Keywords

OriginalSignal News Highlighting the 5 Popular Keywords in Headlines only

At this point, I asked Amer to do some geeky work for me and this is what he did: he put the headlines and abstracts from 9 of the top news sources of Web news: Mashable, TechCrunch, Read/WriteWeb, ProgrammableWeb, 37signals, CenterNetworks, eHub, O’Reilly Radar and Webware. The total articles compared was 188 articles. The following are the results and a visualization to make things clearer:

  1. Google” mentioned in 68 out of 188 articles (and more specifically “Google Wave” was mentioned in 11 out of 188 articles)
  2. Twitter” mentioned in 31 out of 188 articles
  3. iPhone” mentioned in 11 out of 188 articles
  4. Yahoo” mentioned in 10 out of 188 articles
  5. Microsoft” mentioned in 10 out of 188 articles

Google@Omgili Debate: Which Side Are You On?

Google@Omgili is a new mashup. But, will it bring about change or is it just another Web 2.0 tool that will waste our time? We will start by offer you a list of pros and cons, and we urge you to join the discussion and let us know your opinion and if you think Google@Omgili is worth while.

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