Are you as smart as a third grader? Apparently Google Wave is applicable both to schoolchildren and web developers, and is getting better all the time…
By September 30, Google is due to increase the current Beta of Google Wave to around 100,000 consumer users. According to Google, “included in this group of early testers will be some of the businesses using Google Apps.”
Lars Rasmussen and the rest of the Google Wave team Have been adding and tweaking items, and Wave is even better than it was upon release of the initial beta. People are calling it a breakthrough product due to the possibilities it holds.People do have to adapt, and become accustomed to communicating in a “layered” method Wave offers. The screenshot above, courtesy of the gang over at Search Engine Land, shows a little of how Wave uses email, Twitter, IM capability and iGoogle techniques to allow multiple users to network in one big happy family.
Wave permits existing Google Gadgets to work and developers who build apps or users with faves among the new social gadget offerings can access or import these within the platform.
The ‘waves’ in Wave are the individual conversations going on, and these can run simultaneously creating the oceanic effect. The ability to drag and drop photo sharings and add full-screen slideshows of images (which can be introduced by any user participating in a wave) make this beta even more fun.
You can utilize Wave as a Twitter client or embed Twitter clients currently, and Facebook is expected to be an option down the road. Google Voice, Google Talk and Google Reader are natural candidates for seamless integration into Wave.
Both B2B applications and group 3rd Graders in Sydney Australia included in the original beta show just how much fun and how effective Google Wave really is.It will be fascinating to see this new tool expand and develop as the customer base for it is increased through the beta upgrade.