As seen on Twitter: "RT @mozami OH: Sure, President Obamas got a Nobel. But did he get a Google Wave invite?"
(This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.
Created by User:Evil_saltine using Graph 2.6, Photoshop, and Microsoft GIF Animator)
I've been experimenting with Google Wave for about 3 hours now. I like it, but then I like waves. Sine, sound, standing, and now Google.
To start with the basics, the default view has two main panes, with a simple menu on the far left of the two panes. For my screen-shot below, I'm only showing the two main panes.
When creating a wave, you either invite only specific Google wave users to join, or you make it public.
- To make a wave private for only a select group of users, create a wave and select only specific people from your contact list.
- To make a wave public, you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts, and then add that contact to the wave.
By viewing with:public, all waves appear.
Once I open a specific wave, it will appear on the right-hand side of my view, next to my main in-box pane. I can re-size these panes to suit my view.
If I leave a wave and return later, I can then see the number of new responses indicated by a green icon, and when I open the wave, I hit the SHIFT key on my keyboard to forward to any new messages I haven't read.
I can join in, read, drag other waves into a wave, and a wealth of other actions I'll cover in another post.
To focus in on a specific interest, subject, or group, I narrow my search terms. In my last example, I used search term with:public Charleston, SC.
In this way I found local folks, and a wealth of helpful advice. Thank you Calvin Webster!
Tomorrow, I'm going to experiment with adding Blogger and Twitter Robots, and next week I'll be real-time collaborating on a paper via Google Wave with a very talented CTO (more on that later).