You Are Only Coming Through in Waves
Posted on October 1, 2009 Posted by John Scalzi 33 Comments
Yes, I’m now in on the Google Wave beta, thanks to the invites of lovely people who deserve all the love and chocolate life can fling at them. For those of you currently in the Super Sekkrit Google Wave UberNerd Klub, my address there is (unsurprisingly) firstname.lastname@example.org. Add me to your contacts because otherwise I will be Waving by myself, and really, what’s the fun of that.
Before you ask: All my Google Wave Invites are already claimed, except for one which I will dispose of here in some suitable contest today or tomorrow. Stand at the ready!
I, for one, vote that the contest be to be the person who had the first comment on this post. Unless, of course, I’m taking too long to type this. In that case, the rules would obviously need some tweaking.
the rules would obviously need some tweaking
i.e., to the second commenter.
Nah, should be for someone who comes up with something undeniably clever. Someone like myself. Witness:
See? Third comment; the word “third” misspelled as is often the case with those who type “first” too fast. Clever.
I rest my case.
In this case, giving it to the fourth commenter obviously wouldn’t work.
..or the first one who DOESNT comment this post at all.. muhahaha , gotcha 1st & 2nd commenters! I win the game this time!
I don’t know, John. Inviting yourself sounds like a great way to ensure that you can find someone to agree with you.
hem… wait a minute.. Scalzi please delete post 5 … FIIIVE!
‘In this case, giving it to the fourth commenter obviously wouldn’t work.’
Unless of course, the poison was in your glass all along…
Sh-.. delete post 7 too .. dunno what happenned really
so what are your initial thoughts? cause we all know you’ve been playing with it since you got the invite…. or will we get a full blown post at some later date?
Maybe on the first person that writes an episode report on the SGU premiere?
Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb.
I should have scooped up that Google Wave invitation on Ebay for $70 . . . not.
Oh, yeah! Don’t waste the invite on me, Scalzi. I only have one friend in the world, and he ain’t human.
Would you trade an invite for a picture of monkeys that I found on Digg?
Can someone actually explain to me Google Wave actually IS? I remember trying to watch a presentation on it by Google’s staff and I Just Didn’t Get It. It looked like a browser with a chat client or something? I appear to be failing to grok what makes Google Wave a Big Deal ™.
P.S. I’m reading The Cat Who Walks Through Walls right now… does that help sway your decision?
Google Wave is, in it’s simplest form, a replacement form of internet-based communications. It is designed to be IM, Email, and Collaboration, all in one, with tracking, security, rollback, and whatnot.
It is also an in-joke/reference to the TV series “Firefly”.
WizarDru@16: it’s supposed to be a combination of email/chat/groupware all in one seamless package.
Gah! I was supposed to wait until after you agreed to include the link to the monkeys.
Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!
You may have outwitted me this time. Next time, Scalzi! Next tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!!!
Steve @# 8: You truly have a dizzying intellect.
DG Lewis – Wait till he gets going!
I suppose I should scare up an invite one of these days…
Now that you mention it, I am usually dizzy… Now, where was I? Ah yes, Australia.
I signed up to be a beta tester for the OmniThing. Guess I rolled a critical miss.
Just a note so people know….It’s really a ‘nomination’ for a GoogleWave Account. Which puts you in the queue for new accounts as Google expands the users. It’s not immediate, as Gmail Invites were back in 2004.
There is no indication of how quickly Google will expand the Google Wave users. It is probably dependent upon factors such as how well the system stands up to the initial userload. I get the idea that this is more Beta than Gmail was at the beginning.
I’ve already been nominated (already in the queue), so I won’t be participating in Scalzi’s contest, giving everyone else a slightly better chance in winning, whatever the contest happens to be.
The contest is up.
Meh. I’d love to hear your impressions John, but Wave will have to substantially replace email for it to be useful to me. More precisely, all of the people I now email with would need to be on Wave. So while I usually jump at this stuff… this time I’ll just wait on your Wave thoughts.
One of the *features* as I understand it is that for someone to ‘start a wave’ that includes you (even if it is a wave of two people – them and you) they have to be on your contacts list.
At least, that’s the idea I got from the online presentation video.
Good-bye spam email
Hello spam-requests to be added to your contacts (cf. Facebook Friends)
I think the latter may be easier to deal with
I’d enter, but I already have one from another source. Mwahahhahahahhahahhahah.
No, thanks, John. It doesn’t sound particularly interesting. :)
The title of this post was my Facebook status just the other day. Freaky, man.
Are you still talking to random people on Wave, or are you all over that now?