Ready to Throwout Email? Published 2009-06-01 under , , ,

google wave Most of us are tied to email. What would you say if I told you that Google has made email passe? Well, prepare to toss Outlook, Gmail and your traditional email.

I was unable to make the Google I/O conference in San Francisco due to a last minute scheduling conflict but as a paid participant, I received all of the conference emails including one titled "In case you missed the keynote this morning...". The email included a link to a video of the keynote. The topic was Wave, a new model for collaboration. Sounds interesting, so I clicked.

Let me back track a bit. I have been using Google's "stuff" for a while. I have attended and lead workshops on Google Docs. I have written gadgets that utilize the Google Search API as well as Google Visualization. I am trying to convince you of my "Google Expertise" but more that I feel as if I am fairly well acquainted with Google's tools and Internet applications in general. I hope this helps frame my comments below.

Back to the keynote. I clicked the link and was introduced to something called Wave which was going to transform email as we know it. I reacted with skepticism. I just could not imagine how any changes to email could be "transformational". Boy was I wrong!!! I sat riveted to the video. People around me could hear the frequent "Oh my gosh!", "How cool", and "That is amazing" from me. Wave will truly make email as we know it obsolete. As I suggested above, I am not prone to such grandiose statements. But Wave deserves it!

Don't take my word. You need to watch the keynote. Let me know what you think!


rob banning said...

I found this review of Wave (and Microsoft Bing) that offers a less glowing opinion of Wave. In a nutshell, the article describes Wave as contributing "to the larger problem of over complexity and information overload".

I see how we need to make our communication channels simpler, but my current email threads are incredibly difficult to follow and even more difficult to reference weeks/months later. This is "archiving" effect is where Wave is so special.

And it is cool!