Day: November 8, 2009

Just a Little Testing


It’s a Sunday morning and I’m just lazying around before the house wakes up and so decided to try something that I’ve wanted to try for some time.

I’ve been playing and testing Google Wave since I got my invites and it’s amazing how much functionality appears from day to day.  In my mind, though, there has to be someway to increasingly leverage things so that they become functional.  If Google Wave documents are truly going to be conversation and collaboration spaces, then we’ve got to start to see them used differently than just a glorified wiki space or a glorified email message.

The developers of content around Google Wave are an interesting collection of incredibly talented folks and so I’m sure that they’ll be the answer as we try to bring the power of all of this to our regular online routines.

So, I’m just messing around, and I mean that in the worst, ugliest way possible.  I’ve got some waves going one where I’m just learning with others and then I’ve got a bunch of private, me-only waves, where I can do really stupid things and nobody sees it.

Then, I’ve got a wave with just me and a robot.  The robot’s name is Embeddy.  Embeddy’s claim to fame is that she can generate code that will allow me to embed a wave into another document.  I’m ultimately thinking that this would be incredibly functionaly inside a wiki or in an e-learning course or wherever.  For the time being, I’m just using Embeddy to help me generate code for a webpage.  I’ve created many a webpage over the years and am always looking for tips and techniques to help me move on.  Embeddy may help me with this.

This is what I’ve done so far in my learning that I’m willing to post about publically.  Usually this means that I can replicate it at will and that it wasn’t just a dumb set of keystrokes that happened to work.

I started a new wave and entered a little text and brought in the weather extension.  Now, the key to all of this is that I have to add embeddy@appspot.com to my wave.  She agrees and hops right in.  Her immediate contribution is to generate some code for me.

You’ve got to love code.  We programmer types thrive on this stuff.  There will probably come a day when this becomes drag and drop or HTML editors have direct embeds of waves but for now, it’s a matter of putting the code into the source of a webpage in the right spot.  So, I do.  Now, we’ve got to make it available on the web so I’ve fashioned a little page here.
My learning now gets fuzzy.  If I’m logged into Wave, I can see the contents.  There is a really good reason to have multiple browsers on your computer.  So, I fire up Opera and go to the link and the embed is there but I’m challenged to log into my Google account.  Rats.  Opera isn’t supported by Wave.  OK, off to Safari then.  Hmm.  Safari doesn’t show it.  How about Google Chrome.  Bingo!  You HAD to know that that would work!  In fact, it works way better than Firefox where the Wave was originally created.

Now, my learning is on hold.  Sure, I should be able to see and work on it.  I created it and I’m logged in to it.  Why wouldn’t I?  Wave is still in limited testing but there are lots of folks with accounts.  I’ve given out a whack of invites.  Because this is a public wave, will anyone with an account be able to get in and start to collaborate?  Do I have to actually invite people and add them to the wave?

Where would you use this anyway?

Next week is the ECOO Conference.  Wouldn’t it be a real test if somehow we could get our heads around this functionality and make a backchannel Wave for those who could to share their thoughts, pictures, extensions, collaborations, all in real-time?  Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a couple of hundred people all keying content into a collaboration space all at the same time?

That’s going to take more than a little testing but I know that there are lots of folks up to the task.  Any ECOO-takers?

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