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With the recent announcement about Google Wave, I'm interested in knowing your thoughts on the impact Wave will have on communications in general and on higher ed communications in particular.

Here is a link to the video announcing Google Wave. It's over an hour long, but does provide good insight into the many possiblities for this platform.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UyVmITiYQ

So what do you think? Will this be a game changer? (IMHO - I think it will definitely rewrite the rules.)

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I think it ultimately depends on adoption here. If we can get our coworkers into the platform, it can replace a lot of collaboration tools and make business life more effective within our office. The biggest missing piece on this from what I saw was calendar integration, but I'm sure they're working on that.

Too, I think the ability to embed a Wave in other tools, like a blog, will allow us to improve those services if we choose. I think a lot of our work in the future will amount to pulling various pieces of various services from various providers together to create our own Web applications to solve our problems at hand ... so Wave becomes another tool in that toolbox.
I'm sure the calendar integration could be written in 10min using the Quick Add. You can see how they easily added the Google Map widget, it is pretty much the same api.

I can't wait for the collaboration it will bring to the department. It seems everyday I am sending email to the entire department (5 of us) for links and feedback. I have tried to get delicious set up for everyone, but people are slow to adapt it.

I've signed up for a developer preview, but trying to figure out how it can be implemented to be a great tool in the highered area. Possibly real time communication with admissions people, Q&A sessions? I think some folks are doing this already with live chats? With the functionality of playback, students will be able to keep up with the conversation.

I'm really excited for the embed functionality. Will help me get jump started with a blog. I could just collect random thoughts and aggregate them to make blog posts.
I'm excited for it. We don't have a real intranet set up here, which means we've got a great opportunity to build a really cool one from scratch using Wave.

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