Archives for March 2010

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 of Google Wave that are really neat, but had been a pain to use.  They were hard to find, and there really wasn’t a whole lot there.  Now, there is a simple “Extensions” link on the left side of your screen that will show you all them!

There is nothing to activate or enable.  Just log in and you’ll see the list.  As of right now there are 18 extensions in there, and I’m sure that number will grow.  Here’s the full list:

(note that the “Accuweather” extension is in there too, but didn’t fit on my screen)

So fellow Wave users, which extensions do you use?  Which one is your favorite?  What would you like to see come out next?

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 email notifications!

The way they work is quite simple.  You can choose to have notifications send to you either:

  • Immediately
  • Hourly
  • Daily
  • Never

The default, as you would expect, is “never”.  However, if you don’t have another system in place it’d probably be wise to turn them on.  Even better, you should encourage your friends to turn it on so they don’t miss something that comes from you.

There are a few minor issues with it still, but it seems to be a very nice implementation.  Useful and customizable, yet simple and uncluttered.

What’s the next feature you’d like to see them add?