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Will Google Wave revolutionise free software collaboration?

Jun 17, 2009, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Cartwright)

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"Wave is what Google call a "a new tool for communication and collaboration on the web". Think of it as a cross between e-mail, social networking, IM, IRC and Twitter. It not only gives (or to be fair will give) ways to communicate but gives instant feedback to other participants. Using the basis of a wave as a conversation, it allows others in your conversation to see what you are writing in real-time, as you write it. No more having to wait while your IM buddy finishes her message. Wave also allows -- in the same tool -- bulletin board-style messaging for participants to follow when they log back in. It has nice features which permit you to respond to different parts of a message in-line and in-context. New participants can be brought in at any time and not only get the full history of the "wave" but can "playback" the wave as it happened, seeing who wrote what when and in chronological order."

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