10 reasons why Google just reinvented online communication

This is a huge development. Techmeme is going wild over Google Wave. Google has focused on the one thing that is important in the web, communication. They have taken apart and reinvented, and integrated all forms of communication and build a clever cross platform integration of it.There are so many things to discuss that it’s hard to know here to start. I would advice you to watch the entire video, eventhough it is an hour long.

10 reasons why this will change the way we communicate and use the web:

  1. It integrates all communication methods into one paradigm
  2. It will be open source, and can be decentralized
  3. It provides as much possibilites to take data out of the system as it can pull in
  4. It solves communication first, and integrates everything else around that (instead of the other way around)
  5. It comes with developers API’s to make sure that a whole ecology of extensions and totally new services will be build on top of it
  6. It isn’t burdened by a destination driven business model
  7. It will fundamentally change destination driven services like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.
  8. Google has yet again proven that they are willing to do the plumbing in the web
  9. It works on the web, mobile, and it fully integrates with other key services Google provides (example google maps). And it can be integrated into any other (social networking) service
  10. I don’t think it will work on IE right now. Sounds to me like Google will crush IE between Chrome and Firefox, leaving Microsoft with a blow that will be hard to recover from

These are just a first set of quick thoughts. This sounds like a huge step towards a User-Centric web to me. I will take some time and work some of these thoughts out. What do you think? Did Google just deliver disruptive technology?

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21 Responses to 10 reasons why Google just reinvented online communication

  1. Pete W says:

    You missed the big one…

    11. Because please dear God there’s got to be some product we can make money off of other than search… If we lose that, we lose everything…

  2. robdiana says:

    In the “great minds think alike” department, I agree with almost everything. I just wrote a post about how Google just redefined the rules. If you look at the protocol, they made a very interesting move by basing it all on XMPP. This makes the adoption of it significantly simpler for most companies.

  3. @Pete, I think this is going to shake up the web business that use a destination centric business model. This could be very disruptive
    IMO Many have thought about doing this, but Google is the only one hat not only pulls it off, but will make money through commoditization as well. Brilliant

  4. @Rob Sorry, missed that, but will check it out immediately ;-)

  5. All I can add here is that Google steals the show from Microsoft 100 million dollar search engine Bing :)

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  9. 10. I don’t think it will work on IE right now. Sounds to me like Google will crush IE between Chrome and Firefox, leaving Microsoft with a blow that will be hard to recover from

    More likely, MS will have to make good on their promise to implement HTML5 in IE in order to keep up. Keeping them honest. :)

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  11. Daniel says:

    12: Open up avenues to data mine even more information than currently possible with Gtalk, Gmail and Google searches

    13: Be a utter security nightmare.

    The whole idea of allowing people to edit waves, be it authenticated or anonymous, seems to me that it would be one hell of a technical feat to ensure the correct authorisation paths are maintained.

    We love the idea of being able to share with everyone, but let’s face it, Web 2.0 is a mess when it comes to security…

    Time will tell

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  13. I think there are still a few issues with this. As a developer I’ve looked at some of the technology behind it and I was stunned by the fact that Google still calls an HTML tag with a URL a API.

    Also there is only support to integrate trough either Java or Phyton. If Google realy wanted to have a great adoption, they would have made browser support for IE AND supported .NET. Shure, there will be some client library available soon enough, but it will most likely be build by the .NET community and NOT by Google.

    And then there is the business model. How are they going to make money of this? Advertising? That could make for an interesting ride. I’m recieving some blip just as I was on my way at clicking an add, that now dissapeared because a blip came in. I know Google will make it better than that, but do the advertisers know? Google has a policy for not cylcing adds on user interactions for a reason, you know.
    Another option is the freemium model. That would shock the current Google users. They never payed for anything yet.

    I don’t think is all that easy, nor that great. I would have expected some more vision from Google. Why didn’t they adopt some RIA technology? How are they expecting to win over more users to the Google platform if they don’t support IE? Simple users are not going to install Firefox or Chrome at their workstations. They are usually not even allowed to do that.

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  15. Hi Alexander.

    I saw the presentation.

    I think that a wave is a real-time collaborative message.

    Real-time because what you are writing is instantly written on the other side.
    Collaborative because several people can modify a wave, including artificial agents like that translating robot.
    Message because it is still sentences that are exchanged.

    Besides, I think that the name (Wave) is a good metaphor since you can stretch and expand at any point and at any time the message.

    I think you missed the main principle.

    Cheers

  16. @Pascal, not sure what you mean by you missed the point? Could you elaborate a bit?

    I have seen the demo too and I understand the functionalities you describe from the demo. All I did was take a step back to see what the concept could mean for online communication. I could be wrong of course ;-)

  17. James says:

    I think its awesomely innovative.

    http://www.google-wave-forum.com has interesting thoughts and wave discussion

    its worth checking out

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  21. cheny says:

    1. Is there an option to export the a wave\ selected waves into a text\spreadshhet format?
    2. menybe you can tell me why there is no “alert” for a new wave – like we have on e-mail or chat.

    thanks

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