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google waveYou wouldn’t put it past them, and now they’ve done it; Google has reinvented email.

The news has reached most people by now, but just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, I’ll start out with an – admittedly oversimplified – explanation. Because that’s the thing with Google Wave: everybody knows it’s cool, but few people really know how to explain it.

The ‘old’ concept of email is still pretty much based on paper post. People sending static messages to other people. Everything is based on the process of sending and receiving. When working in the group, this poses a number of problems. For example, Reply to All creates a new static message, and again sends duplicates to everyone involved.

In contrast, Google Wave creates one dynamic copy, and hosts it in the clouds. Everybody reads one and the same message. And that’s just the core idea. People can edit the message (hence, dynamic) and even put their reply right in the middle of it! Unless turned off, people can read up as you type, and you can edit messages with multiple people at the same time. That, dear people, is Google Wave.

Learn more about Google wave in this 1 hour and 20 minute looooong video.

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google wave gadgets list

Another important aspect of Google Wave are the gadgets. These are in fact small web-applications that can be embedded in a wave. When you first start using Google, you’ll notice the two that are present by default; the Yes/No/Maybe- and Map Gadget. But anyone with a bit of programming knowledge can create their own. Below are five that everyone should add.

Invity

Ever noticed how time-consuming it can be to create a multi-person Wave? Instead of adding them all manually, it’d be real nice to have a decent grouping feature. Until then, we’ve got Invity.

Invity is actually a robot (yes, as in a chat bot), but it’s more useful than many gadgets. Instead of installing, just add pw-invity@appspot.com on Wave.

google wave gadgets list

To create a group of contacts, add them to a wave together with Invity. You can then create a new group. The next time you want to create a Wave, simply add the Invity, and invite everyone over! Easy as that.

Napkin

google wave gadgets list

Napkins are known to serve as an outlet for creativity, and now you’ve got one in Wave. You can use it to draw a quick doodle beneath your message, or even draw simultaneously with your friends.

Ribbit Conference Gadget

google wave

This begins to show how far Wave has left the conventional email threads behind. With Ribbit’s gadget (free for now, but probably not forever), you have VoIP in your inbox. You can call your friends from a Wave and even create a conference.

iFrame

No pretty picture here, but any one would fit. An iFrame allows you to open a window to any page on the internet. You can use it to add virtually anything; a flash app, the latest Dilbert cartoon, a stock gadget — whatever you can find online.

Here are the Gadget XML and Installer XML. You can use these links to respectively use, or install the gadget in Google Wave.

Know any other cool Google Wave gadgets or robots? Tell us your favorite in the comment!

  1. JC Leyba
    December 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    JCLeyba5 at gmail .com

    Invite please. Would really appreciate it. :)

    • nick
      December 10, 2009 at 12:10 am

      One sent If you haven't got one already

      Cheers

      Nick.

      P.S. Anyone else?

  2. Natasha
    December 7, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Don't forget about 6rounds video chat extension, it's a lot of fun!

  3. Simon Slangen
    December 5, 2009 at 6:21 am

    I've got a few invites left. Interested? Drop your email below. (name at domain dot com -- to avoid 'em spambots)

    • Nick
      December 5, 2009 at 7:04 am

      I've got some too if any one wants one.

      • Riley
        December 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

        Yeah I'm willing to give two or so.

    • jomo
      December 6, 2009 at 3:18 am

      Thank You . I want to try this
      jomdvd at gmail dot com

  4. Nick
    December 5, 2009 at 4:50 am

    So how do I install the ribbit add-on?

    Thanks for any help.

    • Nick
      December 5, 2009 at 4:58 am

      Never mind I just found out that opening my eyes helps.

      Thanks anyway

  5. Brian
    December 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Hey anyone that wants to invite me please I want to try this. Seems very cool. My Gmail is hearlbrian@gmail.com . Thank You whoever replies! :D

    • Nukoca
      December 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

      Sure man-- I got you covered.

      • Brian
        December 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm

        Thank You! I thank you a bunch! :D

  6. thesimpleapproach
    December 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Personally I could care less about Google wave. They may think they have re invented email however there is one fundamental flaw with their whole approach. One google login applies to all google products. So when they decide to close your account as happened to me recently without any warning. Numerous emails to them asking why have been ignored. There is a long history of ad sense accounts,blogger accounts, adwords accounts being terminated with no reason given. Google claim to be whiter than white, take a quick look at blogspot every other blog is a porno site...double standards and simply can not be trusted. Email is a fundamental part of any online venture. The concept of risking it with google is beyond belief. They talk a good story but many know better.

  7. Mr.TramueLâ„¢
    December 4, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Hobbity

    Hobbity is a Google Wave plugin that will change your long URLs to shorter ones. It uses migre.me API to shorten the URL. Add hobbiturl@appspot.com to your contacts to get started.

    (Via | http://techpp.com/2009/11/09/10-more-google-wave-gadgets-to-play-with/ )

  8. Nukoca
    December 4, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Seriously, GW is the bomb. No one will accept my invitation, though. :(

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