I am fine with labeling myself a “fan boy” for Google.  Google has become about so much more than a search engine. And, yeah, they’re a ridiculously profitable behemoth but they continue to put out quality products. Gmail? Best email you can use. Google Calendar…Google Docs…Picassa…it goes on and on.

But, coming later this year comes their latest addition to the internet. And this one might, according to some (possibly hyperbolic) reports, change the internet for us all.


Meet Google Wave.  It is being positioned to revolutionize how we, as internet users, communicate with each other. Be it Personal, Business, or what have you the Minds of the big G are thinking BIG when it comes to their plans for Google. Here’s an explanation from the Official Google Blog:

Here’s how it works: In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.

As with Android, Google Chrome, and many other Google efforts, we plan to make the code open source as a way to encourage the developer community to get involved. Google Wave is very open and extensible, and we’re inviting developers to add all kinds of cool stuff before our public launch.

Pretty cool right? Well it doesn’t stop there…here’s some more awesome info via the boys over at Mashable:

Google Wave also supports the ability to drag attachments from your desktop into Google Wave. It loads that file and sends it immediately to anyone in the conversation. It’s also embeddable, so you can embed Google Wave conversations on any blog.

…it looks very similar to a Gmail inbox, except it’s more focused on your contacts, whose faces you can see in your contacts sidebar on the left. As for conversations, well, it’s a bit different than anything we’ve seen before. You can reply and add your thoughts anywhere within a message. Communication within Google Wave is completely shared.

The key to it all is the faster line of communication. Attaching documents, like you do in email, is unnecessary in Google Wave. Real-time conversations and collaboration make it an ideal tool for business teams as well. Imagine an entire office having Google Wave open to quickly share and receive files. It combines some of people’s favorite aspects of many different web communication tools.

Excited yet? I dont know about you but my tech nerd side sure as hell is.