‘Wave’: Revolutionizing E-learning?

Google has invited 100,000 people to become the first users of a new Internet tool that aims to rival e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.

Google Wave — developed by the brothers behind Google Maps — allows a limitless number of users anywhere in the world to have instant conversations and share files. It has the potential to revolutionize corporate learning and e-learning initiatives.

A Google spokesman touted the service as “how e-mail would look if it was invented today,” adding: “It would be collaborative, and there would be no barriers between live instant messaging, e-mail and documents and so on.”

At its Website (http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html), Google describes the new product as “equal parts conversation and document; shared and live.” Users can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps and more. They can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content, and add participants at any point in the process.

The service combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, social networking and Web chat. It will be open to everyone next year.

Google has invited 100,000 people to become the first users of a new Internet tool that aims to rival e-mail, Twitter and Facebook.

Google Wave — developed by the brothers behind Google Maps — allows a limitless number of users anywhere in the world to have instant conversations and share files. It has the potential to revolutionize corporate learning and e-learning initiatives.

A Google spokesman touted the service as “how e-mail would look if it was invented today,” adding: “It would be collaborative, and there would be no barriers between live instant messaging, e-mail and documents and so on.”

At its Website (http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html), Google describes the new product as “equal parts conversation and document; shared and live.” Users can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps and more. They can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content, and add participants at any point in the process.

The service combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, social networking and Web chat. It will be open to everyone next year.

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