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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2009
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    For the people who do have this, have any of you attempted to install a new gadget? Is this even possible to do right now?
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2009
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    I've checked out extensions, but not gadgets. I got an invite a while ago, but don't really have a need for the service itself yet.

    Yet.
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      CommentAuthorJess
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2009
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    Did you successfully add an extension? Is there anything you'd recommend adding? I'm trying to figure out what to do with this thing.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2009
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    I didn't actually install any. I only saw like six of them, and none of them really appealed to me. Sorry. Probably should have kept my mouth shut... I'm not being terribly helpful right now. I'm with you on the "what do I do with this?" frame of mind, though. So far it seems like a glorified chat room. And I rarely have situations where that would be useful.

    Then again, I'm not really Google's target demographic, either. (Though I'm not really sure what their target demo is to begin with...)
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2009
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    I think Google's target demographic is "everyone."

    Problem with Wave right now is that it's collaboration software w/o any collaborators. Not enough people have it and that people that have it don't use it, or treat it as a curiosity. If you have to email someone to tell them to check their Wave account, that pretty much undermines its usefulness--at least for now.
    • CommentAuthoredbury
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2009
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    @Seantaclaus just became my new wc hero.

    awaiting waveness.
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    Problem with Wave right now is that it's collaboration software w/o any collaborators.

    The collaboration angle seems like marketing BS to me. It’s really just a system for hosting private forums that behave like email, or from the other point of view, email that behaves like forums. That’s actually a pretty cool thing—it’s taken way too long for someone to streamline listservs and forums. And maybe at some point some killer extension will come along that takes it to the next level. But if Google wants businesses to give up exchange it still has to do with those day-long Gmail outages before anybody will want to rely on Wave.
    • CommentAuthorZombi
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009 edited
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    I'd like to get on the gravy train.

    My mail is -
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      CommentAuthorKPeff
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
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    @D-

    I have not received a Google Wave invite. I'm not sure what happened. I didn't mistype my email address. I did recently email a member of the National Security Council and called him a pussy, and he did write me back about my perceived lack of testicles, so maybe that has something to do with it. After I told him I'd forward our correspondence to a particular journalist (Again, in said correspondence, he made references to my testicles), he told me that I couldn't legally forward our correspondence without suffering some implied legal consequences. If this douche has anything to do with my Google Wave invitation, I want to know about it.

    Said douche happens to be a very ugly motherfucker, in case anyone cared. When he writes anything worth repeating, he passes along a decades old profile image as an avatar. Recent pictures of him are actually shocking. I am not lying when I say that I gagged when I first saw his recent photograph. He looks like his stomach has long ago enveloped his torso and recently defeated his neck. Before long, his stomach body will envelop his head, and then the only way you can speak with him will be talking into his huge belly button. Like some freakish political tortoise cartoon.

    Anyways, I'm still looking for a Wave invite. My email is keith.peffer@gmail.com.
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    @edbury - Let me know when you get it. I'm curious to see what the actual turnaround time averages out to be at the moment.

    @Zombi (and whoever else this comment may apply to that I've missed) - At the moment, D- and I have gone through our invites. When I get more, I'll see who else here needs them (as I suspect D- may as well). In the meantime, hopefully those who I've entered into the invite system will get their accounts shortly, and potentially get invites to pass along/pay forward here before our next round of them.

    @KPeff- As stated elsewhere in the thread (in a couple places, I believe), as well as in the Google Wave invite function, the invitations do not immediately send on entry. My understanding is that it's at least a good 2-3 day wait in some cases (again, stated elsewhere in the thread). However, if said ugly motherfucker NSC douche is tampering with with your invite, I would encourage you to tamper with his tacos. Enough said.
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    I finally got it. I can't wait to get some invites though. Right now the things I want to use it for, I can't because not enough people have it right now. The collaborative elements are what are exciting to me. I'm wanting to use it to do performance writing, and to do live collaborative documents with my girlfriend.
    • CommentAuthorD-
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
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    What Seantaclaus said.
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    FWIW, Google wave invites are manually processed and it can take a few days for Google to approve them.
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      CommentAuthorKPeff
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
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    A friend of mine sent me a page with a bunch of short videos about Wave features. One of them showed how you could see your friend's words as they were being typed. The audience applauded and cheered. Why were they cheering the ability to see their friends' typos as they were made?
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    In the new internet you won't make typos. Not if you want to be cool.
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      CommentAuthorphill_sea
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
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    Just got my beta wave (aahahaha, ahem) access as well, and have 10 invites floating around, so if anyone here would like one, email me at:
    phillcam [at] umich [dot] edu

    with the title bar WHITECHAPEL WAVE (or some such)
    and the email you want the invite sent to, and i'll see what I can do.


    best,
    Phill
    • CommentAuthorWakefield
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2009
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    The collaboration angle seems like marketing BS to me.


    Maybe. But that's how they're positioning it, and Google Wave is hard to describe. "Collaboration software" is an easier term to digest than "private forums that behave like email."

    But if Google wants businesses to give up exchange it still has to do with those day-long Gmail outages before anybody will want to rely on Wave.


    Yeah, this is still a big problem for them isn't it? I know they have some enterprise customers, but not many. They are going after the consumer markets first, then it seems that they will try to make headway with smaller enterprises that don't have copious IT resources.

    They might just wait for providers of enterprise communications to come to them. Google has an Enterprise Professional Program (they've had it for a while) and it seems like major UC vendors such as Avaya are already looking to partner.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2009
     (6911.58)
    The Complete Guide to Google Wave. This is very helpful.
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    Google Wave - The Pro-Tools of email.

    Really not as fantastic as the hype leads you to believe.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2009
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    Jesus, people. It's in beta.