Google rolled out a 90 minute demo of their forthcoming product at the I/O conference. If you’ve got the time, it’s well worth watching.
I seriously think that it has a chance of revolutionizing how we do things online. Basically, “Google Wave” combines the functions of email, twitters, message board threads, social sites, blogs, shared document development, etc. etc. etc., into a single, in-browser tool used for EVERYTHING.
No more jumping from site to site, juggling multiple interfaces and programs, or any of that. Send messages, post a blog entry, read blogs, make and respond to comments, send tweets, embed video and other apps, collaborate on documents, all from within the same interface. It’s basically taking everything that’s been developed in online communication since the beginning of the form, and designing a single tool that does all of it. Seriously cool.
Plus: In the video, the developers use terms like “Shiny!” — and one gets a crash message on his screen, which is written as “curse your sudden and inevitable betrayal!”. They’re obviously Browncoats… which makes the product name make a LOT more sense:
In the ‘verse of Firefly/Serenity, a Wave is an Audio-visual transmission sent over the Cortex.