After dabbling a bit with Google Wave I have been sufficiently impressed by the immense possibilities that this solution-looking-for-a-problem opens up for us mere mortals. Here are five of the most practical uses that you can put it to , other than collaborating to take over the universe that is (while reading what your cohorts are typing in real time):
1) Catch a Unicorn
This is a simple two step process
a) Catch a virgin
b) Use her to catch a Unicorn
According to legend and Wikipedia one of the traditional methods to catch a unicorn is entrapment by a virgin
Since each user gets 8 invites that means 8 virgins and transitively 8 unicorns unless some of the unicorns are themselves virgins and can be used to catch more unicorns and so on and on. Soon you will end up with a huge porcupine and a lot of horse shit.
2) Wave with five fingers
This is sure to get you into the good books of George W. Bush Jr. who once quipped at a convention, “I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave, with all five fingers”.
Bush himself of course only waves with three fingers.
3) Use it as a whiteboard
Now this is really cool. If you minimize or close all the widgety windows in Google Wave then what you get is a minimalistic (synonym: Google like) whiteboard like this …
Now all that you have to do is to project this on a whiteboard in your office and doodle away on it.
Why would you need this if you already have a whiteboard in your office?
4) Chat with and email other people
Yes, you can do that with Gmail too but this is “invite only” and hence real cool and also means you have a lot lesser number of people you can chat with or email to. Which means there are very few pesky people around who can bug you while you are watching soccer or porn.
It’s called anti-social networking.
5) Did I say five?
Sorry, my bad. There are only so many things that an application can do.
What did you expect?
This is Google Wave not Chuck Norris.