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:

A bunch of new tips

Google posts new tips from time to time.  Here are a few recent ones:

Search for public waves in your language — Search for “with:public + terms” and you’ll get a ton of results in your language (35 available).

Color code your inbox with saved searches — This is a neat way to mark things in your inbox.  The result is similar to the “labels” found in gmail.  Create a search, save it, and then apply a color to it.  Any items in your inbox that are there because of the search will be marked with that search and colored.  See this short video below for details:

Link your waves: Find the wave you want to link in your search panel, then drag and drop that wave into your compose window.  That’s it!  Remember that people will need to be participants of both waves to be able to see the content in both.

Open multiple waves at once: Hold down ‘Ctrl” (PC) or ‘Cmd’ (Mac) and then click on another wave.

Quickly read unread blips: Use the spacebar to jump from one unread blip to the next.  This can be very useful in large waves that have many changes in them.

Any other tips? What are some of your favorite shortcuts?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Google Wave 101

I’ve had a few people tell me they’ve gotten their Wave invite and then jumped in to check it out, but they didn’t really know what to do with it.  I’ve just put together a quick 4-1/2 minute screencast that shows some of the basics.  In this video, I’ll show you how to:

  • Add contacts so you can connect with your friends
  • Invite other users
  • Create a Wave and add a friend to it
  • Play with some of the basic extensions

It’s very simple stuff, but hopefully it’ll help you get your feet wet and start playing around.

You can watch the video here. (4:25)

If you’re still looking for an invite, keep following us on Twitter and we’ll post on there when we have more.

If you have other questions, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

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)

Google Wave reviewed by TechCrunch on TV

TechCrunch writer MG Siegler appeared yesterday on G4’s “Attack of the Show” to talk about Google Wave.  Check out the video below to see what he had to say.

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 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?”:

Videos from the Google Wave API Hackathon

Google has just posted some videos from the API Hackathon & Federation Day back in July.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Wave API, check out the videos below:

Full keynote presentation now available

Finally! The full keynote video introducting Google Wave is now available. Check it out!

Update: The video is now in high-quality, which makes it much easier to see the screencaps!

Google Wave apps for iPhone and Android

In addition to the great stuff we’ve already seen, there are mobile apps that appear to be quite far along in their development.  In this video, Google showcases their Android and iPhone apps.  They run into a bit of trouble, but the potential with these is very obvious: