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More of a Ripple than a Wave

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This week, Mashable wrote a post suggesting Google Wave is changing the news. Case studies like this get me excited but so far I haven’t been able to put Wave to the test. And those who claim to leave me feeling a little dubious.

Google’s chosen structure of launching it’s innovations through an invite system has worked in the past. When Gmail launched I was able to gloat to the straglers left with Hotmail, whilst experiencing it’s wealth of features.

With Wave, other than some hassle from invite chasers, I’m left feeling lonely and ultimately quite bored. Whilst I’m not quite ready to abandon Google, I do hope it reconsiders it’s strategy for future launches.

When the next Google bomb explodes into our lives, I don’t want to be waving goodbye.


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November 23, 2009 at 8:11 am

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How real is ‘real time’?

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When Twitter revolutionised the digital world with its launch in 2006, claims of real time communication became one of its core USPs. The ability to watch a stream of incoming thoughts, opinions and interactions from across the world was impressive.

My problem is the inferior technology that surrounds me. Our aging desktop at home is only slightly more advanced than our toaster and the clunky server at work offers no escape. This creates a good five second delay when monitoring the flow from Twitterville.

The refresh button has become my nemesis and I expect I’m not the only one.

Should a telephone conversation be held in this way, we would be attacking out handsets with the nearest blunt implement – any kind of delay means it’s not in real time.

Google Wave and Twingly Channels – which I wrote about last week – seem to be a little more accurate with their claims. You can actually see updates as users type, like a real conversation, in real time.

It’s undoubtedly impressive and sure to transform the way we use social media. Let’s hope the average user’s decaying hunk of buttons and ram are fit enough to ride the wave.

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October 5, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I’ll be surfing the Twingly wave

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OK, so Google Wave has started sending invites today. Well, I didn’t get one – so I won’t be talking about that for a while!

However, today I had the opportunity to see a demo of something perhaps equally as exciting. Those clever Swedes at Twingly, known for the blog search facility, have developed a new product called Twingly Channels.

By aggregating news from blog posts and social media portals, Twingly Channels provides a window of clarity on the blogosphere, updated in real time.

Users can create channels on a chosen topic then choose search terms which feed content in a similar way to an RSS feed. Users can also post their own links (as in Digg) or comment on posts made be other users. Channels can then be shared with likeminded individuals or organisations who can sort by most popular or most recent content.

The implications for businesses could be significant as companies could use a channel to propel itself to a leader in its field – welcoming in the industry and hosting discussions.

Me, well you may know I’m a bit of a geek. What you may not know is I’m also an animal nut. My first channel will be for bunny hugging chicken kissers and I welcome you all to join.

Here are some screen shots so you can make up your own mind:

An example of a Twingly Channel - by popular content

An example of a Twingly Channel - most recent content

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October 1, 2009 at 4:33 pm