Thursday, June 4, 2009

Google Wave and E-Books too

It has been search engine week on the blog, mostly because I'm developing a new workshop on search engines. Consequently, expect a few posts in the coming month regarding search engines, especially Google. Google Wave is an interesting place to start. Plus Google is poised to sell e-books and take on Amazon.

Here's how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It's concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use "playback" to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

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