Just got a Google Wave invite this morning. Spent the morning investigating the app. It is really super-cool. Since its a Beta version, there are a few bugs, its a little sluggish, and your contacts are limited to other Wave participants. I definitely see the high potential value of the app once it goes mainstream.
For the corporate setting, there needs to be some work done but not on the product. I just don’t know how it will fly when it comes to “legal holds” — the bane of corporate IT groups. This is the infamous perpetual legal hold which means that almost every email ever generated is saved…forever. What a huge waste of storage space and its associated costs. In the end, 99.999% of the saved mail is never part of any litigation but its still saved. So, every lunch invitation and gossip email lives forever. With Wave, I wonder how that will be done and at what cost.
Meanwhile, here is a nice short article that shows what makes Wave different from plain old email.
The Top 6 Game-Changing Features of Google Wave
May 31st, 2009 | by Ben Parr52 Comments and 1141 Reactions
“Without a doubt, the product that has the entire web buzzing right now is Google Wave, the search giant’s newly announced communication platform. Earlier this week, we brought you detailed information on the new Google product in our article Google Wave: A Complete Guide, but now we want to explore exactly why everyone is so excited about Google Wave.
You’ve probably heard people talk about Google Wave (Google Wave) being a game-changer, a disruptive product, or maybe even as an email killer. But while keywords and phrases like these grab people’s attention, they don’t explain why or how Google Wave could be a paradigm-shifter. In this article, we explore these questions by highlighting some of Google Wave’s most unique and promising features. By exploring these features, we can better understand the potential of this new technology….”
See the rest of the article at The Top 6 Game-Changing Features of Google Wave.