Google Wave Started in Sydney

Google has provided a preview of “Google Wave”, a new approach to email incorporating the power of interactivity and instant messaging. The new tool, to be released later in 2009, is being developed at Google Australia with the help of engineers and users who have been given access to the tools.

Google Wave Logo

Google Wave is based on the concept is creating a wave and adding people to it, developing a community in which everyone can interact using richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and feeds from other sources on the web. Riders of the wave can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. They can see almost instantly what their collaborators are typing, as well play back the sequence of events in the conversation.

The Google Wave concept was initially developed as “Walkabout” by Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the brothers who developed the software that became Google Maps. They asked what would happen if we didn’t have to frame communication that mimics earlier media. Email mimics snail mail. Internet messaging mimics phone calls.

The Rasmussens continued to ask questions. “Why do we have to live with divides between different types of communication — email versus chat, or conversations versus documents? Could a single communications model span all or most of the systems in use on the web today, in one smooth continuum? How simple could we make it? What if we tried designing a communications system that took advantage of computers’ current abilities, rather than imitating non-electronic forms?”

Two years later the Google Wave project is being offered to developers as a project in need of completion. Lars, Jens and product manager Stephanie Hannon presented the Google Wave tools during the 2-hour Day 2 Keynote of Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco on May 28.

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Lars and Jens, natives of Denmark, worked in Silicon Valley, California, until the collapse when they moved to Australia. They developed their mapping technology from a spare bedroom in a small Sydney apartment early in 2003. The company they co-founded, Where 2 Technologies, was acquired by Google in October 2004 and their technology was released as Google Maps shortly thereafter. The Rasmussen brothers, assisted by a small team, turned an idea into the commercial
reality now known as Google Maps.

via Google Blog

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