Tips, Tasks, Love and all the rest

Since my last entry, Chris Brogan has really become a fan of Google Wave.  Here are a few posts of his that you need to check out:

Tips for Google Wave: After using it a bit, he’s developed some techniques that may be useful to those of you just getting started.

Using Google Wave for Task Management: Is Google Wave a suitable tool for managing your tasks?  At this point, I don’t really think it is, but it certainly could become one.

How I Came to Love Google Wave: He’s now pretty much “all in”.  He loves Wave, and appreciates what it can do.  He admits that it has a limited scope of usefulness so far (“if you have no obvious collaboration project to try it on, it doesn’t immediately make sense”) but sees a lot of potential in it.

Also, Lifehacker has just built a great chart that shows the differences between Wave and other current web-based collaboration systems.

It’s a nifty little chart, and certainly makes it look like Google Wave is something to keep an eye on.  Once they fill in those last few boxes at the bottom, it’ll be a very powerful system.

Download the Complete Guide to Google Wave

ThecompleteguidetogooglewaveGina Trapani and Adam Pash of Lifehacker have put together a book titled “The Complete Guide to Google Wave“.  It’s a 102-page, DRM-free ebook that you can get right now for only $6.

If you don’t feel like shelling out $6 for an ebook, you can read the entire book right on their site!  It covers every aspect of Wave, broken into logical chapters: getting started, contacts, shortcuts, gadgets, robots, it’s all there.

It seems like a solid book.  If you you’ve read it, leave a note in the comments here and let us know what you think of it.

Keep your inbox clean with the new follow/unfollow feature

Google has added a nice little feature to Wave today — following and unfollowing.  They’re removed the old “mute” command and made it a bit more sophisticated.

The main problem was with that people would read public waves, get automatically added to them, and their inbox would quickly become overwhelmed.  This new feature should help eliminate that problem.


Here’s how following works: When someone adds you directly to a wave, or if you contribute to a wave, you will automatically be following that wave. When you see a public wave that you would like to get updates on, you can chose to follow it by hitting the follow button in the wave panel toolbar. You can remove these waves from your inbox by hitting the “archive” button, but when there is an update they will pop back in. You can switch between following and unfollowing a wave as much and as often as you like.

While it’s not overly different from the old “mute” feature, the extra control and the more familiar language should make it very useful for a lot of people.  Google has plans to add more features to help you control your inbox, and may eventually allow you to follow people, groups and/or searches.

More coverage of this feature can be found at TechCrunch and Lifehacker.

A bunch of great ways to use Google Wave

The folks at LifeHacker have put together a great post today listing a ton of ideas on what Google Wave could be used for.  They asked readers for ideas, and got more than 600 responses.

The list of ideas:

  • Education: Increasing Interactivity and Collaborative Learning
  • Healthcare: Getting the H1N1 Vaccine Out Faster
  • Transportation: Controlling Air Traffic
  • Journalism: More Complete and Collaborative News Reporting
  • Saving Babies: Protecting and Helping Children
  • Creative Pursuits: Collaborative Storytelling
  • Family Life: Updating Loved Ones on Health Issues
  • Research: Getting Results Faster from Around the World
  • Foreign (and Mother-in-Law) Relations: Translating Real-Time
  • Fun: Organizing Little League
  • Disaster Relief: Saving People Stuck on Rooftops
  • Events: Planning a Wedding
  • Family Life: Organizing a Busy Schedule

Be sure to read through their full blog entry to see details about each idea.  What other ways do you plan use Wave?

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)