I love Google Wave.
Although I joined it a week ago and am still learning the terminology (know what Blip is, anyone?), I’ve already fallen in love with Google Wave’s simplistic design and user-friendly interface.
Basically, the screen is composed of four distinct panels: the navigation panel, the contact panel, the inbox/search panel and the wave panel. You start by clicking on your favorite contact to start a new wave with him or her. Then, you can click the plus sign in the wave panel to add more people to your conversation. Oh yes, it’s that easy. You can try clicking around to learn how Google Wave works, or you can just look up Mashable’s complete guide and a video tutorial for novice wavers.
Still, there’s one problem. If you are an indecisive person who type and backspace, remove a Facebook wall post after spotting a spelling mistake, and read over a sentence 10 times before hitting send, then Google Wave might not be right for you.
Because you can’t edit your wave before everyone else sees it.
Remember, this is a real-time communication platform. And when it says real-time, it means everything you type is seen by your conversation partner right when you’re typing it. The notion of editing before publishing clearly doesn’t exist in Google Wave. Of course, there’s a Wiki functionality that lets you and others edit the already published wave and the spellcheck capability that autocorrects your spellings. But whatever you’ve typed, folks, there’s no taking it back. So, think twice before typing.
On the bright side, though, Google Wave is very flexible. You can add applications or extensions just like you can on Facebook. Think of how exciting it would be slaving your workers away in Restaurant City, planting tomatoes in Farmville and feeding your pet in Pet Society. All in real time with your friends.
By the way, if you still need an invitation to Google Wave, shout out. I only have 15 more to go.