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, 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”);
}

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 tips.

What other tips have you picked up in your time with Wave? Let us know in the comments!

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.

How to print from Google Wave

It’s kind of sad that this post even needs to be written.  How to print?  Seriously.  Yeah, go try it and then come back.

Not fun, is it?  There’s no printing options in Wave, the default printing from your browser results in a huge mess, and copy/paste to another application destroys your formatting.  While I’m sure printing (or export to PDF) is on the list of tasks for the Wave team, we’ve come up with a decent solution in the meantime:

Step 1 – Use Firefox.  Google Chrome works great for Wave, but Firefox is needed for this trick.
Step 2 – Install the “User Agent Switcher” extension for Firefox.
Step 3 – Once installed (and you restart Firefox), go to [Tools] –> [Default User Agent] and choose “iPhone 3.0”.
Step 4 – Fire up Google Wave.

default-user-agent

You’ll find yourself in the iPhone formatted version of Wave, which we discussed earlier.  Click on a wave to pull it up, and it’ll all show up on one screen.  Printing from your browser should now work pretty well.

Leaving the Agent on iPhone 3.0 will make a lot of sites look odd, so be sure to switch it back to “Default User Agent” when you’re done.

I’ll admit, it’s not a perfect solution.  I expect Google will have a proper solution in place before too long.  In the meantime, it’s a very useful workaround.  I hope you find it helpful!

Google Wave explained in simple terms in two minutes

If you thought the 80 minute video was a bit overwhelming to send your friends, and you felt that the 8 minute overview was still a bit much, how about this one?  It’s a quick, animated, 2:14 video that explains the basics of Wave.  Now you have a decent answer for the people that ask you to “explain Google Wave real quick”.

(via Lifehacker)

Still waiting for your invite? Here are a bunch of videos to help whet your appetite.

Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your invitation yet — they’re still being sent out, and yours still might be on the way.  In the meantime, here are a bunch of great videos you can check out if you want to learn more about Wave.

First, we have the 1:20:11 video from the Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009:

If you don’t want to spend 80 minutes watching that presentation, here it is cropped down to 10 minutes:

15 Features in Google Wave:

CNet’s Rafe Needleman giving a brief overview of Wave:

Preview of iPhone version of Wave:

How the Live Collaborative Editing works:

How the Natural Language Processing works:

I hope that gives you a bit more to chew on. Keep checking your inboxes, and hopefully your invite will arrive soon!

Wave invites are going out! Have you gotten yours yet?

According to Google, Wave invites have started going out!  It’ll take “many many many many” hours for all of the invites to go out, but they’re on the way.

The big question: Have you gotten yours yet? Let us know in the poll below.

If you never applied for an invite, or if you don’t end up getting one, you can use our message board to request one.  If you’re one of the lucky ones that gets an invite (and you therefore have eight extra invites to give away), visit the forums and help some people out.

Have you received your Google Wave invite yet?(online surveys)

Wave invites coming later in the day

I know many of you are anxious to get your hands on a Google Wave invite, and it seems that they’ll be sent out pretty soon.  According to Stephanie Hannon, a member of the Wave team, they’re waiting a few more hours for the team (many of whom are located in Sydney) to be ready to handle any support issues.  Specifically, she says:

Invites will go out late in the day US time on Sept 30 – we are in Sydney and want to be awake to support you all!

They’re in Australia, which is 14 hours ahead of Eastern US time.  It’s nearly 2pm as I write this post, and it’s nearing 4am in Sydney.  I’m not sure what time they’ll start releasing the invites, but I’d guess they’d start around 8am, which would be 6pm EST.  We’ll keep you updated via our Twitter account (@GoogleWaveInfo) as we learn more.

In the meantime, embedded below is a nice video the Wave team has created to show a general overview of how it works.  It’s not as in-depth as the 90-minute video many of you have watched, but it summarizes the main features of Wave in just under 8 minutes.  This is a great video to pass along to your friends that keep asking “What does Google Wave do?”:

Google Wave opening to 100,000+ users today!

[Update: TechCrunch has revised their statement and Wave will not be launching until tomorrow, September 30.  Google confirms this on their blog. One more day to wait…]

According to TechCrunch, Google will open Wave up to 100,000 new users starting today — not tomorrow, as we had initially thought.

Some highlights:

  • 100,000 new users will get accounts.
  • Those users will be mostly from three groups: The public users who signed up early to test, developers, and a select group of Google Apps users.
  • Every user that gets an invite today will be given 8 more invites to hand out to friends!  However, those people will not (yet) get extra invites to hand out.
  • Wave will be moving out of the “sandbox” site and onto the normal wave.google.com address.

I’ve not seen any invites go out quite yet, but it sounds like their coming soon.  Let us know in the comments when you see yours!