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Google has apparently made enough progress with its pre-release Google Wave project that, starting today, the company is rolling out a preview version, although it’s only available to some users. Wave has been available for a small group of developers already, but now more than 100,000 […]

Google has apparently made enough progress with its pre-release Google Wave project that, starting today, the company is rolling out a preview version, although it’s only available to some users. Wave has been available for a small group of developers already, but now more than 100,000 invitations to try Wave in its newest incarnation will go out to active preview developers, the first users who signed up and offered to give feedback upon Wave’s announcement, and some customers of Google Apps.

Wave was first introduced in May, and caused many people to hail it as a next-generation, cutting-edge communications tool. It combines email, instant messaging, wiki features and more, into a splashy-looking unified stream of messages, images and thoughts, as seen in the screenshot here. There is also a video of Wave in action available here. Google has served up some interesting examples of how Wave might be used, and although I choose to reserve some skepticism about it, it is without a doubt attracting interest.

Upon Wave’s announcement in May, Jordan over at GigaOM questioned whether it will really be “what email would be if it were invented today,” as the project’s development team refers to it. Most attempts that I’ve seen over the years at “universal inboxes,” incorporating streams of messages and media from multiple sources, haven’t been as useful as their creators thought they would be.

But there are some interesting potential applications. Here, journalist Andy Ihnatko imagines using Wave in conjunction with his column editor for a new spin on speeding a piece of writing into published form. Filmmakers have also weighed in on how Wave might be used for collaboration purposes and co-editing. And ZDnet makes the case that enterprises may find novel uses for Wave.  When I’ve seen Wave in video demos, it’s looked to me like it might be useful for jazzing up and diversifying the way people comment on blog posts and online articles.

Wave’s developers concede that it is still a work in progress. Still, you may be one of the Google Apps users or people who expressed interest in Wave to get the preview version this week. It’s definitely an application to watch. If you’d like to learn more about Wave, check out the GigaOM Pro report “Google Wave Explained” (subscription required).

If you’ve received a Wave invitation, let us know what you think of the service in the comments.

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  1. If anyone is lucky enough to get an invite and cares to share an invite with a friend…I will be your good friend. You can reach me at Meck919njATyahoodotcom…Thank You

  2. Apostol Apostolov Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Please help out a developer who jumped late on the Wave surfing, if you have invite to share, raynerape-at-gmail.com would gladly put it to good use.

  3. I want e-mail, IM and Twitter combined in an easy-to-use tool, and Google Wave does not come even close…yet !

    This is a rather useless tool unless your friends and co-workers are using it as well, and the usability seems to be “less than perfect” so far…it needs to be dead simple for anyone !

    But it is an interesting concept – I’ll check back next year to see if it has potential :-)

    1. I am also a little skeptical. it looks like it could be useful for people working remotely collaborating on a project. I think it is too complex to become the next version of email, but it might be a handy tool for web workers.

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    [...] Wave, when it was first introduced in May, was hailed by many people as a next-generation, cutting-edge communications tool. It combines email, instant messaging, wiki features and more into a splashy-looking unified stream of messages, images and thoughts, as seen in the screenshot here. For a more in-depth look, check out this video of Wave in action. Google has served up some interesting examples of how Wave might be used, and although there is room to reserve some skepticism about it, given the erratic history of “unified communications” applications,  it’s a project to watch. For more, check out WebWorkerDaily. [...]

  5. I really hope this lives upto the hype

  6. If you have an invite to share. . .

    bobhodgen(at)gmail(dote)com

    thanks

  7. if you have some invites plzz
    xx40219(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Hi Samuel… if you have some Wave invites then please organize a giveaway for WWD readers.
    I am dying to get my hands on Google wave.

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