Sunday, May 31, 2009

Goggling Over Google Wave

I've admitted already that I love what Google are doing to bring us new tools for research. I posted recently about new ways of using Google, in particular the Wonder Wheel.

Last night, I sat with my jaw dropped and my eyes goggling over a video about
Google's new Wave. Wow! The Googlies are bringing so much more excitement and razzamatazz into our lives.

Email with IM capabilities, instantaneous everything, amazing opportunities for collaboration, visual pizzazz... the only thing I'm sure of is I didn't understand a tenth of it, but I know we're seeing something that will revolutionize the way we use the internet.

So what is a Wave anyway?
According to Google:

"A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time."

Like I said, razzamatazz, pizzazz, and real-time zapability - exciting stuff.

Some Google Alternatives

Wolfram Alpha is apparently a great new search engine going public soon - my suspicion is it will be great for those who are mathematically inclined ie not me.

Spezify interests me though. It brings images, twitter conversations and more to your results page. My instant impression is that it's easier to see at a glance and hone in on the result you want, than a list of text hits. This is an excellent one for visual learners, but parents and classroom teachers would need to keep an eye on those twitter remarks.

Searchme is already a favourite. I just love the mac-like interface, but I find I "play" there more than I do serious research. You scroll through search result actual pages on a virtual carousel until you see one you want, and click on it to visit the web site.

Isn't it exciting to be alive right now with all these amazing tools at our fingertips!

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