Friday, October 16, 2009
I was excited to receive an invitation email to join the Google Wave today. I haven't had much time to explore Google's latest innovation, but I am excited about its possibilities.
If you haven't yet heard of Google Wave, here's the basic idea: email is now a standard feature of our lives, but it was envisioned nearly 40 years ago. Technology has dramatically improved since then as has the availability of bandwidth. Add web 2.0 (social media) tools into the mix and email starts to feel a little archaic. A team of Google engineers from Australia decided to ask the question "what would email look like if it were created today?" The result, is Google Wave.
Google Wave is a mash-up of email, instant messaging, blogging, and collaboration tools, amongst other things. The applications of Google Wave are virtually endless and are just now being considered.
The usefulness of Google Wave increases as users are added. Because of this, I would like to invite nine people to wave with me. As a Google Certified Teacher I have been alloted 10 invitations that I can give to anyone that I choose. I currently have nine invitations left which I would like to give to anyone who would like to try out this new tool.
If you would like an invitation to Google Wave, here's what you need to do:
1. Watch the overview video of Google Wave embedded below.
2. Post a comment with an idea for a potential use of Google Wave (Include your email address or Twitter ID in the post)
On October 22, 2009 I will select the nine best ideas and send you an invitation to join the wave! Good luck!
**Update: Oct. 21, 2009**
I have been following the comments to this post closely. There have been many wonderful ideas shared! I have already selected a few of these ideas as "winners" but I still have a few invitations left so keep posting! I would like to thank each of you for your contributions to my blog and the web as a whole. I wish I had the ability to award a wave invitation to everyone! Stay tuned, I will post the nine winning entries on Friday, Oct. 22, 2009.