I was lucky enough to get an invitation to Google Wave from a friend of mine, and in the last couple of days, I’ve been exploring the features it contains.
While I’m not extremely impressed with it yet, I can foresee some big uses for Google Wave coming about.
1. Forum Integration
With Google Wave’s ability to imbed Waves into existing websites and allow for comments within each embedded wave, this could be a very awesome change for forums.
Currently, in order to reply to a thread in a forum, you have to register for that forum, type your reply then wait for the page to refresh in order to see it posted. And if others are posting comments at the same time, you could miss conversation posted while posting your own.
Google Wave allows you to reply to each individual sentence and see all comments and threads as they are typed, in real time. It will also allow you to read the forum and make comments via your Google Wave account, so you can participate in many different forums from one location.
Forum participation has declined since the creation of blogs, but I think forums will make a huge comeback with the implementation of Google Wave.
2. Blog Integration
Much like forum integration, using Google Wave to imbed your posts onto your blog will allow other Wave users to add to the content (much like a wiki), and hold a conversation dynamically with other blog readers.
This integration could help increase your blog community by allowing you to interact with your readers as they visit your new posts.
The only downside I see to using Google Wave for your blog posts is those who try to add to your content that don’t know anything about the topic. And it could cause less visitors to your actual blog, meaning those advertisements you have will not be seen.
Sponsored Conversation, much like that created through Izea’s new Sponzai, will be the future of making money through your blog when Google Wave starts being implemented.
3. Education Integration
Google Wave will make a huge impact on education.
The ability to collaborate as a team will help promote a better learning environment and a place for students to work together to solve problems whether at school or at home.
Students will also have the chance to continue asking the teacher questions and receive help after school hours, through shared waves.
I think education will have the biggest opportunity for change using Google Wave!
4. Conference & Team Integration
Because Google Wave allows for real time communication between individuals, it will make amazing headway for company teams working together on a single project as well as conferencing.
Virtual businesses will be able to communicate with each other on projects much easier and give them a better chance of surviving against brick and mortar businesses.
This will also allow companies to save money by converting their employees to a telecommute position and decreasing electric, water, and so many other costs involved in operating a physcial business.
5. Email Marketing
Email marketing has been around for a long time, but with the popularity of social media websites and blogging, it has become something few do anymore.
In the past couple of years it has started making a comeback. But it’s difficult for those new to email marketing to really get involved because they aren’t sure of how to create amazing content for those email lists that are being created.
With Google Wave, email marketers will be able to send out truly dynamic emails and respond to questions and comments as they are asked. This will also allow everyone in the email list to see and questions and answers based on the material and could possibly persuade them into performing a desired action based on an issue they may have had but was cleared up by someone else.
If the product is good enough, it could also help to build trust between the email marketer and the client by allowing them to see real-time testimonies and compliments.
There are probably many other ways Google Wave will make an impact, but I see these as the biggest uses for Google Wave.
What uses to you envision for Google Wave?