How will you use Google Wave?

We’re presumably still a few months away from the launch of Google Wave, but I’m often thinking of new ways that it will help in my daily life.

Aside from the obvious uses shown in the keynote presentation (such as work projects), what are other ways you might use Google Wave?  Here are a few I’ve thought of:

  • Shopping Lists. It’s simple, but might work.  My wife often includes photos with my shopping lists so I know exactly which brand of something to get, and this would make it easier.  From any of our computers (or phones) we could update the list, add photos, etc.  Could be pretty cool.
  • Building newsletters. One of my clients has me send out 5-10 “e-blasts” per month, and each one takes some work.  With a variety of people copied, we add text, change it, switch out a photo, add a link, etc.  It gets quite messy.  Wave could make that process much easier.
  • Planning worship services. I can already imagine our church worship leader and a few ministers sharing a Wave to plan the service each week.  Worship leader posts some songs, embeds a YouTube video to show people how the new song sounds, others leave comments, etc.
  • Developing new sites. My graphic designer and I work together very well, but almost never in the same room.  We use email, IM, Gmail video chat, Dropbox, Nozbe, Yuuguu and other tools to help share ideas.  While Google Wave likely wouldn’t replace any of them, it would certainly reduce the time spent with each.

Those are just a few — what ways do you think you might use Google Wave once it’s released?


  1. I was thinking of making the ultimate good luck chain letter…. 🙂

  2. One other thing I can think of that could be cool is event planning and invites. Sending event invites and organizing rsvp’s, etc. would be really useful.

    Another area that (similar to work projects or newsletter building) is localization/translation project tracking and collaborative editing.

    As an echo to your bullet about shopping lists, a “wish list” concept would also be useful for things like birthdays, christmas, baby/bridal showers, etc. To take it a step further, referencing your friends’ and families’ wishlists into your own shopping list would be awesome.

  3. kll – those are some great ideas! I’ve seen a nice plug-in for Wave already that handles RSVPs, so that could be very cool.

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