Have you started to explore Google Wave?
Google Wave is a new web-based tool that is still in early testing. Ultimately it’s hoped that Wave will become an easy-to-use tool that enables collaboration between teams of people.
From the Google site:
Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. If you have spent any amount of time with Google Wave you’ll know that a big part of the initial experience is confusing.
Without any formal user guide to provide information on Google Wave’s unique collaboration features work – most users are initially left to wonder aloud “what do we do next”.
Gina Trapani and Adam Pash have created an online manual titled The Complete Guide to Google Wave. This free manual is available now. You will be able to purchase a PDF copy starting in November.
The Complete Guide To Google Wave
Chapter 1 – Meet Google Wave
Find out what Google Wave is and what problems it solves
Chapter 2 – Get Started With Wave
Set up your Wave account and create your first wave
Chapter 3 – Manage Your Wave Contacts
Find and add people and groups to collaborate with in Wave
Chapter 4 – Find and Organize Waves
Tag, file, search and filter waves
Chapter 5 – Dive Deeper into Wave
Add rich content to your waves like maps and photo slide shows
Chapter 6 – Master Wave’s Interface
Navigate Wave from the keyboard and customize your Wave interface
Chapter 7 – Wave Gadgets
Add interactive content to your waves with gadgets
Chapter 8 – Wave Bots
Automatically update the contents of your waves with bots
Appendix A – What Wave Can’t Do
It’s not just you. See what’s NOT working in the current version of Wave, and what features the Wave team has promised are coming.
Appendix B – Contribute to The Complete Guide to Google Wave
In the spirit of Google Wave, this guide is a collaborative effort. We need you (yes, you) to help revise and expand this guide as Wave evolves.
One observation is the manual itself is in an open sourced MediaWiki online format rather than being created in Google Wave itself – perhaps an indication of how far Google still has to go in order for Google Wave to be truly useful for group collaboration.