The Google Wave team talks

Mon 2 November 2009 16:04, Editors

The Google Wave team talks

Last Thursday a group of Dutch bloggers and journalists were invited to the Google offices in Amsterdam. There they could talk to Lars Rasmussen and Stephanie Hannon, the developers of Google Wave. Dutchcowgirl Marjolijn attended the session and reported back.

One of the main topics discussed was the complexity of the tool. As on the eComm event, where both Googlers also talked about Wave, they stressed here that the complexity is just a step towards where we're heading: "things that make our lives easier often take more time to get used to," says Rasmussen.

The fact however is that because of this complexity many early adopters of the tool are now using it the wrong way, more like a chat.

Google is not scared this will affect the success of Wave. They say they are happy with every bit of usage and wants to facilitate the different kind of users as much as possible.

A remarkable fact which came out of the session was that Google Wave was not developed in San Francisco (in Sydney) and that there was no discussion whatsoever between the developers of Wave and those of Gmail.

The Google Wave team also answered some other questions. Their response to the question why there is no search option to find other users was that this is to prevent them being 'caught' by spambots.

Rasmussen and Hannon stressed that Google Wave is really an open source project. The complete protocol will be available early 2010.

Below you can find the full video of the get-together last Thursday.

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