Google Wave is Getting Lots of Attention, But Too Early To Really Understand It

I have to admit, while got into Google Wave early, I haven’t done much with it. Why? Because it was yet another tool that was demanding my attention, but not really giving back.

I had some early success with brainstorming for my current BCIT class, but since then? I do wander by Wave (using Waveboard), but not for long. I don’t think I’ve quiet got the information flow down right. So with that in mind … Look, Mashable is talking about newspapers and the MSM using Wave to discuss and work on the news:

It’s not too often that legacy media learns a new mass communication tool along with its audience. But that’s exactly what’s going on now because of Google Wave. Although it’s still invitation only and in preview, the real-time wiki collaboration platform is being used by some media companies for community building, real-time discussion, crowdsourcing, collaboration both inside and outside the newsroom, and for cross publishing content.

Google Wave may seem familiar to older users of the Internet, who have been using the parts that make up the whole of the platform for years. Wave, however, brings those pieces together cohesively to allow users to share photos, embed videos, and converge other Google applications such as Google Maps and Google Calendar to create customized blocks of user-editable content on the fly. Here are four ways that newsrooms are using Wave.

[From How Google Wave is Changing the News]

Huh, funny that kinda sounds like what message boards and blogs have been doing for a while. What’s different now? Critical mass. We’ve reached a point of comfort with technology that the “mainstream” of people (those on the Internet, because clearly the rest don’t really count) are comfortable using it to communicate. So while I think it’s great that Wave is finding more users and more uses, I think it’s way too early to say Google Wave is changing much of anything.

What’s your favorite use of Wave?

Sure, Wave has the potential to influence a lot online, but I don’t really think Wave is going to be the app we’ll be using. Wave is a prototype. It’s the early build, what comes after Wave, the modules that people are really using and like, that’s going to be the app that is going to change things.

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