The big headline from Google itself is that Google Wave is now open, anyone can join without an invite. The reality is, that’s not big news. For months now anyone who wanted an invite could have had one.
The bigger news for the long-term viability of Wave is the openning up of some of the underlying architecture.
There are a lot of things that are broken about communications now. As the latest Facebook privacy sagas roll on, it’s clear that privacy is not clear. Email is ubiquitous, but stubbornly broken underneath it all because it’s built on a system that has its roots in the mainframe computer days.
That’s why I had such high hopes for Google Wave. I thought it might really present a new method of communication. It hasn’t worked out that way, maybe we all pinned hopes and dreams to high. I know I did.
But I still have hope.
The reason for my hope is not in the fact that Wave is open for anyone to use, it’s that the Google team is opening up much of the underlying architecture. Now organizations will be able to use Wave in the very popular suite of Apps.
That’s big, once Wave becomes a real-time tool in business, watch out.
But even bigger is the news has been slowly dribbling out under the radar. There’s a nice recap of the news in the last couple of months, and some news today. Google Wave is just a totally open method of communication, and as developers want to build more and more tools to facilitate communication, my hunch is they’ll be doing it with Wave.
Look at it this way: Twitter was originally a communication platform designed to be real-time, and built at first on the platform of SMS, and eventually migrating to the regular web. The next Twitter to come along, I think, may just have bits of Wave inside of it.
And all of it, by the way, feeds into the phone wars. Right now using Wave in Safari on the iPhone is painful. Using the Wave app WaveBoard is much better, but all the Android phones will run Wave about as good as it can be run on the native browser built into the phone. Google doesn’t have a separate app for Wave right now in the Android Market. If the browser can keep up, that might be good enough, but don’t be surprised if there’s some sort of App that gets released for Android soon.
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