Hey Google, give us a Wave! No? Sod off then
Last week, Microsoft haughtily turned down out application to host a Windows 7 launch party here in our underground lair and as we write this, Bitterwallet has NOT been asked to be one of the 100,000 people who get to try out the new Google Wave experience from 4pm today.
We say ‘experience’ because we’re still slightly vague and woozy about what it really is. Said to encompass email, instant messaging chat and wiki-editing, Google believe Wave will be a major leap in online communication and it has been described as how email would look if it had been invented today.
One of the biggest differences is that members of a wave chat can see messages being typed out in real time – on one hand, they can respond to a question almost instantaneously as they watch it appear in their wave, or alternatively, they can rip the piss out of their chat partner for their complete inability to type without making loads of hideous spelling mistakes.
Social networking features are also abound, with the ability for members of a wave to edit each other’s input, add photos, videos and other media to make a pool of material and to play the wave chat back in real time at a later date. It sounds delightful and sending an ordinary email already seems as archaic as cutting your toe nails with a pair of pliers.
Wave has been designed to be open source so that third party developers will be able to magic together scores of beautiful and imaginative uses for it. Curiously, though Wave doesn’t work in Internet Explorer, and users will have to install a plug-in, Chrome Frame, in order to start waving. Chrome eh? Where have we heard that before?
So as we said, Google don’t want us to try Wave out. If you’re one of the lucky 100,000 and you fancy passing on one of your five invites to us, we’d love to have a go at it. We’ll even come round and cut your toenails for you as a thank you.