Google Wave is now available for everyone!

After six months of invites and begging, Google Wave is now freely open for anyone to use.  If you have a Google Account, simply head over to wave.google.com and sign-up.  If you’re an apps user, your organization can quickly enable Wave for your entire group.

Removing this barrier is huge.  Now anyone can join your Wave, and it’s no longer a case of “well, you need an invite to see it…”.

Today is also bringing us a few of the first great “Live Waves”.  With Google I/O going on today, a few sites are live-blogging by using an embedded Google Wave.  My favorite is the one on Smarterware, but there are others out there too.

If you have Wave and want to get your friends on there with you, send them over and get them in!

Embed a Wave on a site; anyone can now view it

You've had the ability to embed waves on websites before, but there was one major problem; the only people that could view it were other Wave users.  That all changes today, as embedded waves are now visible to everyone! This is a big step forward, … [Continue reading]

You can finally remove participants from a Wave

Google is slowly but steadily adding all of the basic features into Wave.  Recently they added email notifications, and not long before that they added access permissions.  Now they've knocked out another one of those "must have" features; being able … [Continue reading]

Google Wave adds a few quick start templates

One of the problems with Google Wave is getting started.  You open up a new Wave, and then what?  Google is hoping to address that problem with their brand new quick start templates. When you start a new wave, you're now presented with six o … [Continue reading]

Google Wave unveils the Extensions Gallery

Now that Google Wave is running pretty smoothly, Google is starting to roll out some much-needed features.  Last week we saw the introduction of email notifications, and now they've released the Extensions Gallery. Extensions are one of the pieces … [Continue reading]

Email notifications are finally here

Many people that use Wave only use it from time to time, on an "as needed" basis.  This is fine, but causes people to miss new items when they arrive.  There are a few browser extensions and other workarounds, but now Google has released official e … [Continue reading]

Ten tips for better Waving

Google has posted 10 simple tips to improve your Wave experience.  None are groundbreaking, but all of them help make it just a bit more useful. Included are some keyboard shortcuts, how to link one Wave to another, and a few other useful … [Continue reading]

Lots of insight on upcoming features for Google Wave

A Google Wave developer has spoken about a lot of non-confidential upcoming features for Google Wave.  You can read them all at Reddit, but here are some highlights: Better "new Wave notifications" are coming soon. I use the slick extension for … [Continue reading]

Google Wave finally adds access permissions

Slowly but surely, Google Wave is building out the expected features that people want.  They're still missing some huge ones (publish to a site, print, rearrange blips, etc), but they're getting there. The latest two they've added are User Access … [Continue reading]

Tips, Tasks, Love and all the rest

Since my last entry, Chris Brogan has really become a fan of Google Wave.  Here are a few posts of his that you need to check out: Tips for Google Wave: After using it a bit, he's developed some techniques that may be useful to those of you just … [Continue reading]