Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Google Wave Invitations: this thing is boring without friends

Looking at the top of this blog, it says, "The life and thoughts of a Midwest geek." I'm a geek and pretty damn proud of it I might add.

It's very rare for me to not have heard of some new tech thingy. I like tech thingies.

A while back Google announce this great new invention that was going to revolutionize the way we communicate and collaborate. It was basically a reboot of email. What they set out to accomplish was "...to reinvent email as we see and use it today," because less face it, email ain't perfect. And thus Google Wave was born.

Here's a cute video that attempts to explain it in a way most of us could understand:


Well, who wouldn't want in to that nugget of techie goodness? I promptly signed up to be apart of it and wait for my invitation to join the party. I waited, waited, waited, gave up and forgot about it for a while, thought maybe I didn't really sign up, waited, gave up and forgot and finally, I got my invitation a couple of days ago.

Yeah! I clicked the link, signed up and wham! I'm in! I'm using Google Wave!

So, now what? I'm using it. It looks cool. I created a wave but I'll be perfectly honest, no one is really there. I have 3 contacts in my contact list. 2 of them are people that don't seem to be around and the other one is a SEO I've had conversations with about advertising on my poker blog. Not really someone I'm looking to Wave with, if you know what I mean.

So, my first impression of Google Wave was, "I don't get it," and "OK, now what?" I found a website that has some really good reading material on the subject, The Complete Guide To Google Wave. I think I get it, but the problem is, I'm lonely in there. I have no contacts.

When you get signed up, they give you 20 invitations to give out to people. I've given one to a few of the people I figured would beg me if they knew I had them to give out. Cool. I'm also looking for volunteers to get some of the other ones. You want one? Let me know. Leave me a note in the comments. I think you need to have a Google account to do this, so if you still think that AOL is the Internet, don't bother.

I have a very limited number of invitations, so don't get mad if I don't have one to give you.

Are you already on Wave? Let me know! I'd like to try this thing out by adding you to my Contacts...again...comments people...put this in the comments.

I'm so far behind on writing about stuff lately. I guess I really don't need another geeky distraction but then again, what would I be without them?

12 comments:

BRANCAPaz said...
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Maciek B said...

I would love to have one !! :) Please send me at frostvirb @ gmail. com :)) Let's wave!

Stephen Furnival said...

I'll gladly take an invite if you have some left. Been trying to find one forever >.<

sfurnival .. at .. gmail.com

Gentleman Jim said...

I'll take one if you can spare it sir.

Gentleman Jim said...

I should probably give you my email though. jim.dingeman@gmail.com

peacecorn said...

I'll wave atcha ya big dork! (Iffen there are any invites left.)

ciara said...

we don't know each other well, but i feel like you could give me an invite ;0) lol ciaraj at ciarasramblingsandwhatnot dot com

terri said...

That looks really cool. I'm one of those who will hop on board after everyone else is already doing it...

Mark Spence said...

From a fellow "midwest geek", I'll take one if you have any left... mspence1967@gmail.com

23skidoo said...

I want! 23skidoo@gmail baby!

dmarks said...

This is the first I'd heard of Wave!

If Google wants to fix email, they should spend some time with Gmail. Due to a major design oversight/flaw, it's inbox is hopelessly scrambled, and it is hard to find anything.

But the spam filtering is the best around. If gmail fixed the inbox to be just like what Yahoo has, it'd be killer

Sean D said...

Wave at me sir!

Thanks!