Once the initial buzz over Google Wave died down, many people (including yours truly) were left scratching their heads, wondering how they could actually use it. Will provided some possible uses for Wave back in January, but a new addition to the tool — a set of templates that provide starting points for your Waves — reveal what Google must consider to be the main uses for the product.
The available templates are:
- Task tracking
Each template provides a useful starting point, complete with some boilerplate content to give you some ideas. Here’s the Brainstorm template, for example, which comes complete with brainstorming rules and a whiteboard:
Obviously the templates don’t cover all of the possible uses for Wave (Will listed many more in his post), but you can also just start off with a blank Wave if the templates aren’t suitable. However, they do provide a starting-off point, and should be particularly helpful in showing Wave newbies how they can put it to use.
Now the initial excitement’s died away, are you still using Wave?
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