Google is once again working on changing how we all use the internet. At a recent developers conference they showcased an early version of their newest masterpiece called Google Wave. I watched the first half of the 1:20:11 video coverage of the presentation and I have to say I was very impressed. Google has been hard at work creating a brand new communication protocol and they have decided to make it open source. Their stated goal is to have developers help finish this product, and then integrate it into all corners of the internet, including creating competitor browsers that use the same protocol.
The basis of this new communication protocol is the wave. The idea of a wave is a little difficult to explain but it is kind of like a threaded message board that is hosted on the internet, but that can be viewed like email, but that updates instantly like instant messaging systems. All of which can be integrated into places like webpages and blogs with full functionality. In short, its totally awesome.
After seeing the philosophy behind what Google hopes to accomplish with this new software product/protocol, I can confidently say that when they release it later this year I fully expect it to change the way everyone communicates over the internet. Email is 40 years old, chat rooms are dead, instant messaging is nothing new, and even old people now have facebook and twitter accounts, so its surely time for the next evolution in online communication. Google Wave seems to take the best features of all of these current protocols and mash them into one simple to use yet vastly superior system.
Plus, they are currently accepting applications for beta testers! Head over to the Google Wave site for the sign-up link, or to view that extremely long however very impressive presentation video.