Not terribly long ago there was a new service that hit the internet and spread like wildfire. Google announced a project called Google Wave and before long, it seemed as though everyone on Twitter was mentioning it.
Not having invested any time into trying to acquire an account, I thought I would wait until after the project moved away from the invite only preview build. By surprise, a friend on Twitter was kind enough to offer me one of his invites. A short time later I was signed up and poking around the interface.
In the very beginning, after having skipped the hour and a half presentation video, I didn’t really see the benefit to such a service. It struck me as a combination email and instant message platform which wasn’t very appealing to me.
I decided that I was going to stick with it and see just how useful the tool could be to me. This is where Brian Hewitt and I began using it for Stogie Review. When Brian and I began collaborating, it immediately struck me as to how useful a service like this is.
At first we created a wave to discuss the usefulness of Google Wave. This was a fun little way of playing with the service to see what I could and couldn’t do without research. Before long we were neck deep in collaborating post ideas, to-do lists, daily discussion topic ideas, and so on and so forth.
In the past things were a lot more difficult. One of us would start a new blog post and save it as a draft. Once we were done with it, we would email the next person in line to take a look at it and make any edits. This chain of ours would continue until the post or article was complete. It was often more trouble than it was worth.
With this new Google Wave platform, we are able to create a Wave and work on it in real time, together. There is no more wasted time in waiting around for the next person in line to review the document. All changes made stand out from the document so that everyone involved can easily see the items that were changed.
The amazing thing is that I have only scratched the surface of what is possible in this preview account. There is a world or possibilities and I am completely sold on the products effectiveness to efficiently collaborate on a project in teal-time. As a collaboration tool alone, I am completely sold on Google Wave.