Google Wave: Your thoughts on waving so far

Google is thankful that so many people have been willing to try out Google Wave in a host of different areas: personal, business, government, education and even not-for-profit. We’ve been glad to see positive responses, especially since we’re still in a limited preview and not quite ready to give accounts to everyone who has requested one.

Since we can’t talk to all of our users individually (no matter how hard we try!), we’ve been running an online survey to get some feedback on the Google Wave experience. We distributed the survey through email (to a random sample of those that volunteered to help), a link in our help center and a tweet. While this may not be a completely representative sample of all Google Wave users, the results have been interesting to us, and we’d like to share them. Here’s a quick overview of what Wavers have said so far.

The wave itself: The concept of a wave as a central place to communicate and collaborate is what people say they like the most.

One place to discuss and work together: The next most popular is the ability to use Google Wave to work together and integrate messages and documents; many respondents have indicated that existing methods and tools don’t meet all of their needs.

Extensions: Close behind the collaboration features, survey respondents liked the ability to extend Google Wave’s functionality through gadgets and robots.



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