Sometimes you need someone else to say something provocative you don’t dare so that you can just nod and shrug and let someone else take the heat. With that in mind — and only coincidentally marking my receipt of a Google Wave invitation today — I happily steal re-print this explanation of the invite-only collaborative environment from our cousins at wired.co.uk:
Google Wave is confusing, especially for those of us who are yet to receive invitations. Even here at Wired UK, we only get to meet Eric Schmidt every now and again, and some of us are yet to receive the email we so yearn for.
Yes, we know Wave is a unique combination of chat, wiki, email and hyperbole. But what would we actually use it for? Our friends at Wired US have suggested it as a tool for parenting: to facilitate show and tell or brainstorm bedtime stories. Lifehacker suggests it for all sorts of pie-in-the-sky applications, such as controlling air traffic or spreading the H1N1 vaccine. TechCrunch calls it a form of “passive aggressive communication”, but they mean that in a nice way.
It’s all a bit airy-fairy – what’s needed here is someone with the balls to get to the bottom of Google Wave and explain its features and uses in no uncertain terms.
And who better than Samuel L Jackson, with a little help from John Travolta, Kim Jong-il and Macaulay Culkin. Be warned: in case it’s been a while since you saw Tarantino’s classic, you’re in for one colourfully-worded wave.
(There are some relevant links in the original post but the flu is still kicking my ass and I don’t have the energy to relink. sorry.)