Hey, remember when Big G revealed Google Wave at this year's Google I/O? The uproar the announcement caused in the blogosphere was so great that unless you're a cave-dweller, then yes, you probably remember. The highly anticipated ecosystem for communication and collaboration has certainly turned many heads with its innovative nature, but whether or not it'll make waves or become a natural disaster, webverse style, no one knows.
Today, we're a teensy bit closer to finding out. After 6,000 active developer accounts and 20,000 more reportedly rolling out over the next month, the job is yours. Google plans to pass the baton to 100,000 users on September 30th.
Developers have been working like crafty little mice. Some early examples of how Wave's being shaped by the pubic can be seen over at the Google Wave Samples Gallery, which includes source code. Some highlights are:
- Groupy-the-bot: A robot, written in Python, that enables users to create groups and manage their own subscriptions.
- Floodit Game: A competitive gadget game where users take turns capturing as many squares as possible.
- Waves in WordPress: A neat use of the embed API that makes it easy to put waves in a post or page on WordPress.
If you're a developer who wants to get in on the action, you can do so by requesting a sandbox account here.
A Piece of the G Pie
As for all you users out there, here is an instance in which good karma affords ye the gold. That is, if you are among the hundreds of thousands that signed up on wave.google.com to offer help reporting bugs, then your chances of landing an invite are pretty good.
September is still a few weeks away, and believe you us, the Wave development team won't be twiddling their thumbs in the interim. Leading up to the invites, Google will reportedly focus on improving the speed, stability and usability of Wave by addressing issues pointed out by developers.
If you've missed every ride on the feedback train so far, we've got another opportunity for you. In order to continue to expand the Google Wave APIs, Google needs your two cents on the forum.
"As we have mentioned in the past, our goal is that extensions built by third parties feel fully on-par with Google Wave's native features to users," said Dan Peterson, Product Manager, Google Wave. "We know we have some way to go and really appreciate your help in getting there."