A bunch of us here at BerryReview have been playing with Google Wave for a bit now, and now its time for some of my thoughts before Google Wave goes official. In short, its pretty yet pointless.
Usefulness: You enter Google Wave and you find someone else who is also part of the Google Wave system. Then you can eMail/chat/text, whatever you want to call it, and share files with whoever else is part of the wave. How is this different from eMail you may ask? The same way that gChats are different from eMails. They aren’t. When sending text and files back and forth, the only real difference is the cultural norms attached to the medium. A gChat can be as long as an eMail. But eMails are thought to be more formal and letter-like, while gChats are expected to be more instantaneous because of status notifications. Similarly, all Google Wave does is let you talk back and forth–whether its more like a gChat or an eMail is up to you.
User Interface: Earlier we reported that Google is planning on bringing this new Google Wave UI to its other services and I didn’t sound too excited. I stand corrected. The user interface on Google Wave is beautiful. It has mini windows with rounded edges that are spaced nicely from one another. The off-white background puts an emphasis on the active mini windows and creates a clean whiter workspace in the area away from the mini windows.
Well there you have it folks…