Google Wave – is it all worth the hype and wait?

Google – one of the world’s leading online organizations in innovation and product design came up with the idea of a “personal communication and collaboration tool” and announced it on 27th May 2009 – what they called Wave. It is a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking.
As always in the initial stage, Google decided to give out its newly launched product by invitation-only. google-wave-logoThousands who applied for an invite were lucky enough to get the official invitation from google but the others were unfortunate as it was a long wait. As curiosity and excitement about this entirely new concept spread throughout the world people with a wave account started making business out of it by charging $75 per invite in websites like eBay. But a question to wave account holders is that – was the wait and excitement worth? I would not on a personal note give my opinion at the moment but to those who’re still waiting desperately to get your accounts.
I’ll tell you at first sight it basically looks like an online chatting tool for which we use Yahoo Messenger, MSN and Google Talk. However a good news for developers is that Google is building APIs that allow them to use and build on Google Wave by way of Extensions, program robots to automate common tasks and/or build gadgets to extend or change user interaction, and Embed, dropping interactive windows into a given wave on external site, blogs, etc.
Basically it is written in Java using OpenJDK and its web interface uses the Google Web Toolkit. Google Wave works like previous messaging systems like email and Usenet, but instead of sending a message along with its entire thread of previous messages, or requiring all responses to be stored in each user’s inbox for context, message documents (referred to as waves) that contain complete threads of multimedia messages (blips) are perpetually stored on a central server. Waves are shared with collaborators who can be added to or removed from the wave at any point during a wave’s existence. You can create new waves, add/remove people to it and close (or “unfollow”) them at any time.

For those who’re still curious about what it’s all about – just wait for a while until you get the official invite or from a friend. But again I would personally recommend people NEVER to buy an invite for money.