First experience with the WaveAuthor: Dave Cassel | Category: Software Industry
I had my first experience with Google Wave today. A colleague and I used it for brainstorming, for which we found it very well suited. Once we’d wrapped up, we migrated what we had to our internal wiki, making it a part of the company’s resources.
The ability to have multiple people simultaneously edit a document — and each see what the other is doing, as they do it — is pretty handy when you’re brainstorming. He was in Virginia, I was in Pennsylvania, but we talked on Skype and edited on the Wave. It was pretty cool. In the past, I’ve done similar sessions where one person was updating a wiki, but of course no one else could see it until the changes were committed. You could set up desktop sharing to let others see, but that’s a pretty heavyweight solution.
I guess in a perfect world, we’d have a wiki engine that could support that level of collaboration. Is that practical? Maybe on a site like Wikipedia, it could get out of hand. Our experience worked great with two people… I wonder how many people can do that before something blows up.
I know there’s been a good deal of chatter about Wave, and I haven’t kept up with it. Anybody else have experiences to share?