While Google Buzz is getting much of the press when it comes to Google’s attempts at crafting a viable social media platform people seem to have forgotten about Wave. It’s understandable because, really, what is Wave all about anyway?
To be honest I’m not sure if that is a question that anyone, other than the Wave team, can really answer but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of people experimenting with it. Chris Brogan is the one person that I know of that has been experimenting the most with it and strongly recommends it for task management and collaboration.
I know I wrote a post about the idea of using it as a replacement for Facebook but the only problem is that … well … no-one is using Wave. Even though it is obvious that it would take a hellva uptake of Wave in order to even come close to approaching Facebook that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t other uses for it.
The one that I tried for the first time the other day is as an embedded live commenting part of a blog post and I must say it worked out really well. Google has made it fairly easy to do with their Wave Web Element page but embedding still isn’t perfect and still requires some manual work.
It isn’t meant as a replacement for a blog post’s normal comments – as of yet anyway – but rather as an additional way to encourage people to be a part of a conversation, a way to contribute. In that aspect I personally think it does a pretty good job and I will be experimenting with it some more here and over on WinExtra when the right posts come along.
Let me know what you think in both the comments or in the embedded Wave. As I get more use to it – and how Wave itself works I’ll put together a little bit of a guide for the process.
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