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Google Wave gets a warm welcome

Commentators react to social platform which unites communication technology

Google Wave has received a warm reaction from industry figures after being revealed at a web conference in California.

The new application from the search company combines e-mail with Instant Messaging (IM) and real-time collaboration elements.

MC Siegler at TechCrunch wrote: “Wave offers a very sleek and easy way to navigate and participate in communication on the web that makes both email and instant messaging look stale.”

He added that Google Wave “drips with ambition”.

Wave’s co-creator Lars Rasmussen explained the make-up of the social networking platform in the Google blog: “A ‘wave’ is equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.”

Real-time capabilities combined with permanent content

“In Google Wave, you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly.”

He added that it is suitable for persistent content: “It allows for both collaboration and communication.” Google Wave also has a ‘playback function’, where users can rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

Jordan Golson, writer at GigaOm.com was more sceptical: “Maybe Wave will take over the world. But, with the notable exceptions of Gmail and search ads, Google has a poor track record with product launches.”

The development of Google Wave continues, and a live date has not yet been released.

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