One of the neatest features in the discontinued-but-alive Google Wave was its collection of gadgets and extensions. Many of those gadgets live on in Google's new Shared Spaces, where you can invite others to contribute, vote and collaborate on the web.
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You may or may not continue using Wave as an open-source "box", but if you want to archive any important conversations you've had in it, you can now export a Wave into HTML or ZIP files, attachments included.
Google Wave now lets anyone with a Google account to jump in and see what the early adopters have been squawking (and snarking) about. Head to wave.google.com now to get Waving, but read on for some beginner tips and use cases.
As excited as some of us still are about Google Wave (hell, two of us wrote a book), Wave's biggest problem remains: "What would I use it for?" With the app's new wave templates, Google wants to guide you toward answers.
For Google Wave users, email notifications make it easy to track waves you're interested in, but what if you want to publish them more broadly with others? nowWw lets you share waves on Facebook and Twitter, sharing them with a wider audience.
A week ago we asked readers to tell us how they're using Google Wave in their daily lives, and despite a bit of "ha! no one's using Wave!" snarking on the Twitter, we got lots of interesting responses.
Google Wave may be in invite-only preview and still lack important features, but early adopters ARE using it — and we want to hear about it. Tell us about how you use Wave on a day-to-day basis, and your use case just might get included in The Complete Guide to Google Wave, the first book about Wave.
One of the most-needed missing features in the Google Wave preview rolls out this week: user access permissions. Now, rather than everyone being able to edit everyone else's blips in a total free-for-all, the creator of a wave can add users and groups and give them either full access to edit everything or read-only access. The binary choice is still too limiting, but GOOG says that "Reply only" access is on its way.
The most common question about Google Wave is "what on earth would I actually use it for?". Gina offered up some ideas on this last week, but Google developers have some more suggestions.