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!

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.

So who got the invites so far?

We’ve been giving out invites for about four hours today, and we’ve still got a few left!  A ton of you have donated them to us, and we’re handing them out as fast as we can.

As of this writing, everyone that has requested an invite (either via Twitter or by leaving a comment) has had one sent their way.  Remember that it can often take a few days for your invite to arrive.

If you still are looking to get an invite, keep an eye on this post.  We’ll update it when they’re all gone.

If you get an invite, all we ask in return is that you mention us on your blog, or tweet about us or something; just spread the love.

Finally, again, thank you to all of you that have donated your extra invites.  You’ve made a lot of people very happy today!

The list of who we’ve sent them to today so far (we’ll update this periodically).  231 in all..

Via Twitter:
@MaxcloseBB
@IMichelI
@mrKirchroa
@easterlily49
@mazzavernon
@marcosdelcampo
@clownchialeur
@loveruncaged
@SpartanStevo
@uhgirl
@emmakp
@Iphone4GS
@xJenandJuicex
@ACDTux
@rajcase
@mudpupblues
@rajcase
@marwayusuf
@pabloenu
@7DaysJewelry
@Supra_Guy
@parisyanbul
@mischpoke
@ntsantanis
@karaki_
@ilmaars
@rajcase
@benjaminpmorris
@Shunyokohama
@chauhangaurav
@vorovoro
@mischpoke
@rob_foot
@mdrouse5
@luisgdh
@ricpac
@stephanspam
@Asela_sampath
@Pevster1995
@andyk25
@MYTICKETNATION
@rob_foot
@Ariadelano
@scottafinch
@testicklas
@A7med_Ali
@TwitJake
@shaunswingle
@LiorAran
@MohammedRizk
@JoshKnutson
@capecodcandle
@JoshKnutson
@BEPfilms
@Shunyokohama
@leaemily
@AF9210 (multiple)
@Akshay_dev
@DrDave_H

Via Comment:
Matt Ferand
Celia Ybarra
Alicyn Hargroves
James
lin
Craig
Kevin Ly
Gordon Crowe
Mihir
Celia Ybarra
Dorte
Ibrahim Sarraj
Rosalina So
kao²
orsobianco
MV
Dena Shelley
Debbie Jenckes
Jan
Badahost
Mohammed Rizk
tim schwerdtfeger
emma parkerson
jen
tiana
JoshKnutson
Pev
jennifer carter
Carlos Amaya
guillaume
Marcelo
Ilmars Mednis
Fernando
hussayn
adam Nash
Renegade
Joseph
Debbie Jenckes
Djaouad-Mahdi BELLAMDANI
Bastian
Benjamin Morris
Brandon Z.
Frank Z
Daniela Friedrich
Mary Egglezo
Joe Z
Ezra Vonnegut
Boris
Ray young
Julie Filiatrault
Brecht Nollet
Nick Warrington
Kiff Newby
Josh
Kerri
Johan krafft
Kim
resha
Brandon
Miriam Loeber
Clint
Lyndie
Shaun Collins
John mathern
WOHS SNHS
Kevin L
Nicklas
Tetsuya Hara
anna
Voro Gomez
Marwa Yusuf
Vandressa
John Badalamenti
Tobias Mayer
Jennifer Campos
AMohamed
john ojewole
Alice Mckay
Florian Reinert
Janis Bernats
Kevin Duffy
Julie
SuperSan
Kleber
Kerri
Atiim Wiley
matt
Marwa Yusuf
Joe
Johnny
Hemalatha
tybalt knight
Fabian Gutierrez
Marcos del Campo
Sundarajan
Vimala

UPDATE: 13 more sent, added at 9:35pm EST
@johnjwalsh
@wapaseeto
@Alireza_Samadi
@kenqyu

Devendra Kishroe
Yehoshua Solomon
Johnny
Babette Hayward
Chris
farhan
Soraya
Tanawat P.
Alireza Samadi

UPDATE: 57 more, and they’re all gone for now
@THE_MAD_HATTA (a few)
@king_jack_10
@vdubhands
@jorgie1983
@MIKEakaSHELDON
@policeshots
@rahulravindra
@ManuelaDiazB
@efrenpallorina
@harlukov
@18digital
@nadyalubnina
@vadykk
@mkhamd
@mitch15695
@policeshots
@efrenpallorina

Virginie
cagri topcu
Sean
eddie summerfield
Laaban Chok
Allin Winter
Hannes Rydström
Richard Johansson
Michaela Holmdahl
gonçalo martins
Carina Seger
Hanne B. B.
Katarina
Mio
Michole Mattix
Pauline Del Mundo
James Trimble
Karmayogi
Sarah
Erik
DAVID POST
Pat Han
Evalyn Gossett
Pedro Roldan
Kirill
Petter Söderström
Eleni@shoppingonline
Sinisa
Mitch Bus
Rahul
Manuel Funk
zzinger
Christine
Luca
Simon Nebesnuick
Haluk
Jan
Hanne
A. Burak Tahiroglu

Want an invite? Get one NOW!

We’ve been giving away invites on Twitter today, and they’ve been going pretty fast.  However, we still have a TON left (thanks to people like you) so we thought we’d open them up here.

If you want an invite, just leave a comment to this post with your email address.  I’ll delete comments after I’ve given an invite to that address.  If you comment disappears, you’ve got one coming.  I’ll post a full list of who got them later on.

Good luck!

UPDATE: The invites are gone.  Please check back again later.

A big day for invites! Here’s who got them.

As we often do, we gave away a ton of Wave invites via our Twitter account.  We had hoped to give away about 40, but ended up giving away more than 70 of them!  If you didn’t get one this time, keep watching us on Twitter as we hope to give more away pretty soon.

Even better, I’m getting reports that the invites are going out almost instantly!  It used to take upwards of a week to get an invite once a friend “nominated” you.  Last I knew, it was taking a day or so to go out.  Now we have people that said they got theirs within minutes.  That’s great!

If you find yourself with extra invites to give away, here’s how you can let us help find some good homes for them.

If you were one of the lucky ones to get a new invite, be sure to read back through our older entries to get some ideas for what’s going on.  If you have a blog, a “thank you” link over to us wouldn’t hurt either. :)

Here’s the list of who got them:

@Library_Maven
@Guduri
@clownchialeur
@synthexes
@SCripDEr
@RogerEdwards7
@davemagill
@SpartanStevo
@MartinOuellet
@rawatsaurabh
@bassart3000
@boomerselcajon
@19Vince78
@Smokes_Quantity
@Cybervogu
@CreativeHeidy
@mrmckinstry
@Animalar
@TravelByCannon
@Hansetove
@fabrice0713
@huntlibny
@Galiero
@pasandriani
@erikvanLaar
@SEM_MarkBurns
@AMYHOARE
@BestSoyLatte
@Dane_Matthews
@Nikjitsu
@aaroncemery
@simondtwit
@AF9210
@luisgdh
@ebitilly
@DataBryan
@mst1ff
@aekholm
@derekschutz
@DavidAKNIN
@VinodTiruvellor
@didrone
@iwerken
@n_jind
@DouglasBorges
@aortiz1989
@CreativeHeidy
@YoungKREW
@lydiarobins
@Karamalai
@mattinsalto
@JimmyP72
@kuuno
@ManuelaDiazB
@dinhcuongvu
@mst1ff
@adelahmed
@heloooo
@progone
@MattFletcherism
@donna_carlsson
@Ta2edSAHM
@samurai793
@kal_el1978
@Kevin_KH_Chan
@Th_Moeller
@Dr_Bomb

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)

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!