I have been playing with Wave for a few weeks now. I like it.
I call it a “mini-Facebook” of sorts, but far better and easier:
I have two old friends and the three of us started a magazine together in Berlin 30 years ago! One now lives in DC and the other is still in Berlin - we have a Wave going for just the three of us. Have posted some family pictures, a video, some graphic art - plus whenever possible, we are on at the same time and can chat live, but due to the time difference, can catch up on the conversation whenever time allows. As it is just the three of us, don’t have to worry about what we say that might not be appropriate for other prying eyes.
Have another Wave going with my brother and my niece and my cousin - just talking about Christmas, posting some holiday photos and general chit-chat.
Have a couple of other Waves with other esoteric groups.
I guess you could say it is like conference calls - but again - you can pick and choose who is invited to join in the call and as one Wave dies out, you can start another and add whomever you wish to start in that conversation.
I am looking forward to the translation feature (Rosy Etta) so that some friends in Germany who don’t speak English can join in - with this feature, they can type and read the Wave in German and other friends can type and read the Wave in English. The translation is done using Google Translate and, although not perfect, it is decent enough to keep conversation flowing.
I hate Facebook and even though you can go in and select who sees what and who is your friend, etc. it is just too “out there” for everyone to see and snoop around. It is not that I have great secrets, but I have topics I prefer to discuss with some friends and not necessarily have students and family members popping in to read as well.
Wave might take some time before everyone uses it, but so far, I like it - sort of also like a mini-SDMB with Wave topics started at random and just a certain group putting in their two cents for as long as that topic is relevant.
- Ideal for small or large groups who want to keep in touch, or just discuss some upcoming event.
- No “main page” of personal data out there for others to pick through and use in other ways.
- You can upload photos, video, graphics, etc. for that particular group to see and comment upon.
- You can schedule meeting times and have a live conversation with many people, with all the bells and whistles - for a business meeting, or planning a surprise birthday party or whatever.
- It is surprisingly easy to use - forget the tutorials and just get into one Wave and start to see how it works. Really not hard to figure out at all.
- Despite the ability to have hundreds or thousands join in a Wave, you still have the privacy factor to keep a Wave private from others.