The year in review

While people are still debating about the usefulness of Google Wave, it’s proving to be a great tool to make videos with.  There was the popular “Google Wave Cinema: Pulp Fiction” a few months ago, and now we have “Waving Goodbye to 2009“.  It’s a very well-produced video, hitting many of the highlights of 2009 in a crazy-Wave format.

Check it out below:

Google Wave adds undo/redo

It’s a very minor thing, but in a text-based environment it’s very important.  Starting today, you can now use “undo” and “redo” commands within a wave.

They use the standard keys.:

To undo something, just press CTRL+Z ( or CMD+Z on Mac).

To redo it, use CTRL+Y or CMD+Y.  That’s it!

Again, nothing earth-shaking about this, but it simply makes it a little easier to use and gets it a bit closer to being ready for a wider release.

Groups finally arrive in Wave — sort of

group-wavesFor a while now, people have been asking for a way to use Groups with Google Wave.  It’d be nice to be able to just add an entire team to a Wave, rather that adding them one at a time.  Google has just added the first piece of this feature.  It’s clunky, but it’s a start.

Starting now, you can add a Google Group to a wave.  Once added, you can set permissions for the group and interact with them in Wave.  You can add a Group as a “contact” in Wave, making it easy to add them to waves that you create.

A step-by-step guide is posted in the official Wave blog, so check it out and give it a try!

A million invites sent, and plenty more to give

Google has just announced that they have now sent out over one million invitations to Google Wave.  It was just over two months ago that they invited the initial 100,000 to check it out, and now they’ve grown to over over 10x that size!

Specifically, they’ve sent invitations to everyone that has signed up on their site, and all existing users have been given more invites to hand out to friends and family.

I’ve noticed in the last week or so that very few people are asking us for invites on Twitter.  I assumed that’s because most of the people that want an invite have one now — great!  Early on, many people complained that Wave was pretty much useless without their friends and family there, which was certainly true.  Now that the invites are flowing like water, we can really get down to business and figure out how best to use it.

If you still are looking to get an invite, just leave a comment on this post with your email address and we’ll be happy to send you one.

Lots of info for Wave developers

Google is in the process of developing a FAQ for Wave developers, and it’s coming along quite nicely.  The questions that they answer cover four areas:

What’s neat is that they generated this FAQ from a series of Waves on, then used the Exporty robot to push the information to the FAQ.  They’ve provided documentation on how this was accomplished in case you would like to implement a similar system for your site.

If you have other suggestions for them, you’re encouraged to visit the Google Wave API forum.