The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
I've been using Google Wave
-- off and on -- for about six month or so.
I will admit that I am a Google fan so I was keen to try the "Wave" as soon as I could. Like a number of Google products, however, the program was
available "by invitation only"
. I suppose that this was meant to build some hype for the product. It worked well enough for G-Mail, Google
Voice and a few other Google products. It's part of Google's marketing strategy. Fortunately, I was able to get my invite
fairly quickly and
I was among the early "wavers".
The problem was, as I found myself "waving" with those few who had the Wave, I found myself wondering ....why?
For all intent and purpose, the Wave seemed like nothing more than MSN Messager on steroids. In fact, MSN Messager was actually easier to use! For
the most part, by comparison, the Wave was down right confusing
Until, one day, I was trying to collaborate on some work with a friend on the West Coast. That's when I discovered what the Google folks seemed to
realize from the start -- the Wave is a great tool for collaboration!
Two or more people can write...edit ..... add pictures, videos and sound ....simultaneously on one document. While this might sound
if you consider trying to 'brainstorm' an idea or to work on a 'text project', it can
actually become an invaluable tool or aid!
At the present time, the Wave has stopped being by invite only
and is open for everyone to access. It's certainly worth a look-see but if you
want to see it's real potential -- try working in collaboration with someone or a group. The Wave's real value should be become readily apparent.
Of course, Google Wave can still be a great alternative to MSN Messenger...... like I said, the Wave is on steroids!
As far as being used on ATS, I can certainly see members getting together to use this program to collaborate on writing threads or in doing research.
I'm not a "techie" by any stretch of the imagination, that said, I can't envision the Wave somehow
being incorporated into the site. Of
course, don't quote me. I'm only speaking as a member here. Who knows what the future might bring?
edit on by benevolent tyrant because: to add a sentence that I had, inadvertantly, omitted.