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, and certainly makes Wave a killer liveblogging tool.  The one catch is that this doesn’t work in Internet Explorer (even with the Google Chrome Frame), but they’ll be fixing that soon.  If you want to try it yourself, just use this simple tool.

Want to see it in action?  Just scroll down.  I’ve embedded a wave in this post to try it out.  Can you see it?

google.load(“wave”, “1”);
google.setOnLoadCallback(initialize);
function initialize() {
var waveframe = document.getElementById(“waveframe”);
var embedOptions = {
target: waveframe,
header: true,
toolbar: true,
footer: true
};
var wavePanel = new google.wave.WavePanel(embedOptions);
wavePanel.loadWave(“googlewave.com!w+Lis328SqA”);
}

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 to remove someone from a wave.

You can read more about it on the Google Wave Help site, but it’s pretty simple:

To remove a participant, click his or her picture at the top of the wave, and then click Remove. If the participant you remove has previously opened the wave, a read-only copy of the wave, with a large red “X” at the top, will remain in his or her account, but it will only contain content up to the point of removal. He or she will not have access to any content added after you that point, and they’ll no longer be able to contribute to or edit the wave.

If you remove someone from a wave before they open it, the entire wave will simply disappear from their account. It isn’t possible to see whether or not any user has already opened a wave.

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 options:

  • A standard blank wave
  • Discussion
  • Task tracking
  • Meeting
  • Document
  • Brainstorm

All of these are essentially standard waves at their core, but they pre-populate it with fields and widgets that would be useful for that task.  It’s not a huge step forward, but will certainly help new users when they try to make those first few steps.