Google yesterday unveiled what may become its most significant launch in several years in the shape of Google Buzz. But what is it and how might it shape the the next few years of online media? What is it? -...
It's Friday, which means that we round up the top five winners in tech for this week, as well as the biggest loser. Once again we have some hot gadgets and cool new websites, but which is going to take top spot?
Although it has many unique features people are already using web based tools and sites to make and share documents. In a very basic way there is a great deal of collaboration already going on via Facebook, Twitter and even MySpace, while at the more corporate end of the spectrum are several excellent collaboration tools already such as the UK's very own Huddle. Then of course there are already millions of people across the globe using Microsoft's collaboration tools.
Google Wave seems to be massively dividing the tech community at the moment. Some people expect it to revolutionise the way in which we work and reposition Google once more as an incredible innovator while others are a lot more cynical.
Google is introducing some frighteningly integrated web software that I can best describe as a kind of live, collaborative Facebook page. Google Wave will bring together all of your social media apps and all your media itself together in a place where it can be accessed by as many people as you like at one time. It can be added to, commented on and edited in more ways than I can get my tiny little mind around at 5pm in the afternoon the day after the Champions League final.
In a phone interview with Google software engineering manager, Lars Rasmussen, Tech Radar got the full low down on precisely what Wave can do but, suffice to say, it looks like a lot of fun.
Wave's being shown off at Google's I/O in San Franciso. It is, of course, all open source so that people can write extensions for it much like Firefox, it works in a browser, embedded in sites and the big G is also releasing an API for it.
They'll be more on it including a video demo as soon as it goes official in America and doubtless we'll all be addicted to it about three days after it's ours to use. The mind blowing continues.