by Bianca Gubalke
Bianca Gubalke on Google Wave
Bianca Gubalke on Google Wave – I am excited about this future-oriented new Communication and Collaboration tool on the Web – and I thank the friend who invited me. As yes. . . it needs an invitation… and it’s early days. However, Google Wave can only be as good as the people who actually have it, set it up, test it, work with it and play with it. People like you and me who firstly create and then ride the Google Wave. . .
The Internet is a pretty wet affair… from surfing to waving. . . we stay in the waters and if I look outside it’s a wave all over, a curtain of a wave of pouring rain, day and night, since a week… where is our sunny, hot and simply stunning South African summer? A summer we love to spend on Noordhoek Beach as the kid below just a month or so ago. . . ?
Let’s quickly look at Google Wave. It has a simple layout consisting of 4 modules:
* Navigation in the left column, top – consider it your Inbox
* Contacts in the left column, bottom – sort of your Addressbook or List of Friends (with pictures)
* List of Active Waves in your Inbox – in the middle column
* New or Open Wave in the right column – here is where things happen, here you can write, comment, add images, respond via audio or video, add gadgets (like games, puzzles, ratings, conferences, Google Earth…) and robots ( eg. for surveys amongst Wave collaborators).
If you are fortunate enough to get a Google Wave account, do what I did right away and check out the many short yet explicit videos that illustrate the many features – and then play with them!
Bianca Gubalke on Google Wave
As with any Social Network, you want to set up your Profile in a professional and branded way. Besides, Google is the Master of the Internet in a way and has found the many versions of YOU anyway – be it in form of Blogs, Websites and other Links.
My Profile about “Bianca Gubalke on Google Wave” is a reflection of what I set up on my general Bio and Profile HERE. If you wish to have a Profile that you can link to from everywhere on the Internet, register for a free account right there and I teach you how to have your own Google-efficient page. Once done, you never have to worry about it again. . . just do the occasional update. The difference here is that this page is under YOUR control – not that of any Social Network or other Program. Be and stay independent – as far as that’s possible on Web2.0.
What still needs to be added is my Picasa Album, which I will do in the near future – then it’s all about the Wave!
What do you do on Google Wave?
A good question: What do you do on Google Wave?
Google Wave is still in a development stage and I assume that those who are fortunate enough to test it right now will provide lots of feedback and valuable input for improvements and adaptations to common needs.
Once the excitement of the new trend is over, I could imagine a very useful tool to work directly on projects with ones’ collaborators and partners from anywhere in the world. This is the thrilling concept behind it as far as I am concerned. If one can stop the spam before it starts and really work within an open yet private and respected environment – that would be perfect!
Here are just a few Benefits that simply trigger faster Action more often:
* The moment someone comes online, one would know through the green mark. Action!
* The moment a wave is updated or gets a new comment, one would know and be able to check immediately without losing time. Action!
* If something needs commenting – it’s instant, whether in the open or in form of private replies.
* If something needs the direct contact – say a document or article needs to be discussed in real time – voila! Let’s talk or even start a conference! Instant Action!
These are amazing possibilities saving time and making teamwork faster, smoother and more efficient – not to speak about excluding misunderstandings right away through immediate interaction.
What always amazes me with Google is the amount of foresight and preparation at the highest levels. But then if not them… who else could deliver at that level in the virtual world?
So let’s learn all about the new tool and expect lots more to be coming from Google Wave in the future!
Learn Google Wave at Ycademy Seminars
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