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3 explanations of what Google Wave actually is

Google Wave is getting lots of press, but as an article in Time noted, it is notoriously hard to describe. Is it email? Not really. Instant-messaging? Well, no. What is it? Google describes  Google Wave like this: “Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.” Which may leave you as confused as ever. With that in mind, here are three articles tackling Google Wave, what it is, and what it does.

  1. 1Wave New World
    Time Magazine’s Lev Grossman tackles Google Wave, saying, at one point, “Its main defect is that it’s almost impossible to explain.” But he tries.
  2. 2It’s Just Fancy Talk
    Wave tries to teach you a new way to communicate, according to Slate. But does it work?
  3. 3Ride the Wave
    PC World tries out Wave, concluding that “while the interface sports a slick and nicely animated polish that I can assume we will eventually see in other Google products like Gmail, it is still clearly a work in progress.”


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