Looks like there’s a new tool in town – Google Wave. It’s basically a real-time communication platform. One-stop-shopping for email, IM, wikis, chat, project management, and social networking. The press about it so far has been very, very positive. One reason for the raves is that it is open source – so extensions and applications can be fitted to it in order to modify it to your specific needs. It will be released later this year (according to the Google site).
Here are a few links to help you get a feel for it:
GoogleWave sneak peak (from Google).
Article about its release.
A guide to the terminology (but of course, there’s new jargon!).
A video clip showing a demo of it.
A few of the extensions that have already been demonstrated will allow collaboratin with maps, auctioning extensions for selling things, rating /reviewing items, and extensions that push content out to an existing blog. Looks like this could be very interesting. Keep your eyes and ears open.