Thoughts on technology and social web

May 29, 2009

Google Wave and Live Mesh

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ravikant Cherukuri @ 4:49 am

Google released its new communication and collaboration tool called Google Wave today. Its an exciting piece of technology that could lead the web in the way we consume and contribute to social networks. It brings together e-mail, IM and social streams together into conversations managed and consumed from a single interface. Federating web conversations from third party sites gets to where friendfeed is today and what facebook wants to be. But the integration with email makes it instantly useful.

The most interesting thing for me was the real time nature of conversations. Characters are transferred as you type, photo sharing that looks very real time with thumb nails appearing before the pictures etc make the conversation seem real. Little things that will improve user experience. Real time collaboration is really cool and surely looks like the where things are going in Web 3.0.

Friendfeed does a good job of aggregating conversations from around the web. AlertThingy friendfeed edition uses the friendfeed API to provide a cool conversation interface in a desktop app. The wave conversation reminds me of that and then some.

Though not obvious on first look, there are many similarities between Google Wave and Microsoft’s Live Mesh. Live Mesh has a platform to collaborate and communicate. It lacks a compelling application that can demo its capabilities as well as the Wave demo. An application that is similar to the Google Wave could be built on top of Mesh. Would be interesting to see if something like that comes out.

Mesh works on top of entities called mesh objects. And the mesh platform provides a pub-sub platform for changes to the mesh object. This facilitates sharing and collaboration. Google Wave has the Wave entity and the blip entity that is a change to the wave. Both of them have some kind of pub-sub infrastructure behind them. Both of them provide a good abstraction to represent higher level entities in communication that will take social networking from being able to share blurbs and links to sharing objects with context.

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