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Testing Google Wave

Testing Google WaveIn May 2009 we first heard about Google Wave, a new, partly open source way of communicating. This graphic shows my message to Google, with which I applied to test Wave. I watched Arrington’s interview with Google Wave founders and couldn’t wait to try it.

Google, of course had a cute form inviting the public to apply to join the couple thousand Google employees who had been testing Wave. With all the talk of Wave replacing email, instant messaging, some social networking and some collaboration apps, I couldn’t resist.

As shown here, the invitation-application form invited ASCII art. Since this is Google and they’ll probably see it all in 10 pt Arial, I pulled out a few, small classics I knew would be well enough interpreted, including:

\__ … Star Trek TOS communicator
=====__—^— … Star Trek TOS starfleet ship, large
-_– … Star Trek TOS starfleet ship, small
=/\= … Starfleet logo
\V/ … Live Long and Prosper

Did I cute my way into testing Google Wave? I did indeed!

The partially open nature of Wave enables such feats as tweeting from within Wave, which I did while providing the instructions for same to new Wave testers in October. As I also tweeted that day, I recommend ‘11 Google Wave robots that add value in the enterprise‘ by @MarkFidelman.

Post updated in October, 2009. Here are a few videos I’d shared in the original, May 2009 version of this post:

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4 Comments on “Testing Google Wave”

  1. Rick on May 28th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Let me know if (or it looks like when) you get in. Cheers

  2. Brian Glanz on May 28th, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Sure Rick, but I’ve no inside track, so ask your friendly neighborhood Googler. Star Trek ASCII is my only weapon (well, and some friendly neighborhood Googlers who I will ask).

  3. Meena on May 28th, 2009 at 12:12 pm


    That is all.

  4. Gary Glanz on November 14th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    This sounds like a Google idea, all right .

    Anything of importance will be store all on their central servers.

    They will release most of the source code as open. [which begs, if you are into open, why not all and why not develope it open to begin with?]

    They will allow third parties to build their own wave services because they want the Wave protocol to replace email, which happens to be an online service for which they do not own the market.

    This is a favorite part: “Google will be the only Wave service provider, but it is hoped that, as the protocol becomes standardized and the prototype server becomes stable, other service providers will launch their own Wave services, possibly designing their own unique web-based clients as is common with many email service providers.”. Isn’t that magnanimous!



Upcoming @ Pacific Science Center?

Joey Mornin, @joemornin on Twitter and a research assistant at the Berkman Center, had tweeted “I have seen the future, and it is a Carl Sagan/Stephen Hawking remix …” (11:24 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck). That I had to see, and when I saw it I had to tweet: “This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin” (11:35 AM Oct 2nd from Google Wave (Tweety)).

Pacific Science Center, @PacSci on Twitter, understands social media. As every person, business, or organization using social media ought to be, in a word they are: social. When I mention @PacSci, they watch for it and in this case their response was: “RT @brianglanz: This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin <GLORIOUS!>” (11:43 AM Oct 2nd from Seesmic). They responded quickly, giving credit to Joey Mornin and me, and added their own comment, <GLORIOUS!> — all in 140 characters. <yoda>Impressive!</yoda>

Will the “A Glorious Dawn” remix actually appear at the Pacific Science Center? Whether on a wall, at a kiosk, or on screen before IMAX films I do think this sort of “citizen media” should be displayed alongside “citizen science” in our educational and cultural institutions. This video accentuates and amplifies important parts of the messages Sagan, Hawking, and science at large have to share. In an incomplete circle, science has made possible the technology, has made possible the culture, has made possible great grassroots work like this media; science needs to close the circle and better connect with the community.

Quintin Doroquez, @quintind on Twitter chimed in, too by tweeting “@brianglanz That was brilliant!” (11:57 AM Oct 2nd from Tweetie) and I could not agree more. Thanks and congratulations to the creator of “A Glorious Dawn,” John Boswell, melodysheep on YouTube, whose video has a perfect 5 out of 5 stars after thousands of ratings and more than 600,000 views in its first two weeks.

还原真相:To Restore The Truth


Twenty years ago on June 4, 1989, thousands of pro-democracy protesters — most of them students — were killed by the Chinese government where they gathered peacefully, in Tiananmen Square.

Seattle’s Ken Judd en Montage

Update: you are seeing this message if MySpace took the video down, again; I have it coded to show if the video cannot. The audio is out of copyright due to its age, but regularly trips MySpace automatic filters. I have had it unbanned twice by people, only to be re-banned. Alas! It is a montage from my photos of the works of Seattle’s Ken Judd.

I may remaster the video — publish a higher resolution, remove the birthday reference, add a new opening and closing, etc. Generally, this is a test of displaying video on while it is hosted here by MySpace.

Remember 2009? Google Wave was 'it', good for everything from Pulitzer Prize winning journalism to Open Science Notebooks. 2009 was also the last time I updated this web site, to which you are more than welcome with that in mind.

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