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Introducing Sean and Google Wave

December 6, 2010

Hi all, I’m Sean; I’m a member of the ChangeMachine team. I work with most of the tech stuff, so I wanted to give a different sort of understanding of ChangeMachine.

We, and by We I mean social ventures, value conversation as not just a means to an end (i.e. money) but also as an asset in and of itself. A lot of talented people have been working hard for years on capturing conversation and communication in an expressive but also easy-to-use format. Google Wave presents a particularly elegant solution; Wave stores the initial state of the conversation (When? Where? Who?) and all subsequent modifications to that data (e.g. adding a recipient, leaving a comment, inserting a video, &c.). With this architecture, users are limited only by what types of modification Wave supports. Fortunately Wave delivers a fairly feature-rich toolset by default; among many other available actions, users can discuss, plan, and document all from a central interface.

Google has also opened up Wave to developers who want to add features to the Wave ecosystem, and that’s where we come in. ChangeMachine embeds and extends Google Wave technology with a custom interface for live, easy collaboration. We’re focusing a lot on the usability of this interface, as ultimately we hope the design of ChangeMachine will encourage our users to keep contributing to some really great nonprofits. More details soon!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 9:06 am

    Nice you are watching this technology, I use it daily and I really like it πŸ™‚ wave is great for real time and offline communications also it keeps track of what was done by who when you are making a shared project πŸ™‚ you can also host a blog there and make it read only to everyone and add a part of comments where people can add even videos and comment each other comment πŸ™‚

  2. Paul Kaplan permalink*
    December 6, 2010 9:14 am

    Yeah we have been using it in our group for a couple weeks now. We love the live-ness of it, getting to see what people type before they finish typing. Everything flows more like a conversation, and there isn’t that endless ” __ is typing” from instant messaging. Good idea about hosting the blog there, we also like how you can use it like Google Docs and just edit in the wave.
    Although our favorite is playback, which allows people to literally “rewind” the conversation to see how an idea came about, and if anything important was edited out.

    Thanks for the support!

  3. N/A permalink
    December 26, 2010 10:15 am

    You have seen this, right?

  4. Paul Kaplan permalink*
    December 26, 2010 5:39 pm

    Of course! But all that just means the code is open source. But Google Wave is really more of a internal tool for us, the code for our project is a… well kept secret, we shall say.



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