What is Google Wave?

Unless you don’t pay any attention to the tech press, you’ve been hearing a lot recently about Google Wave. Even if you’re one of the lucky 100,000 with an invite – or one of the eight more users that each of those got to invite to the private beta – you’re probably wondering what Google Wave is. It’s essentially a merging of email, instant messaging and document collaboration – Gmail, Google Talk and Google Docs – all rolled together in a linear interface.

We’ve been playing with it – one of the first 100,00 – for the last week or two and can say it looks quite promising. The service is fairly useless in a kind of lonely way if you don’t have other users with whom to collaborate. Imagine being the only user you know who has email. That’s Wave until they start to allow more users.

We’ll have more information about Wave once it’s more widely available. Until then, we’re not going to say more and add ourselves the list of those who have tried to explain Wave and failed, but here’s the best video we’ve seen on the subject.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Medicine Lodge, Kansas. He is currently community evangelist for Purple Wave in Manhattan, Kansas. Aaron serves as the current president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association and in the past has served on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote and instructed the ATS designation course from NAA. He currently instructs the Internet Auction Methods course offered by the NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has competed in multiple state auctioneer contests including placing twice within the top 5 in Kansas. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest release, Enter: The Wind, can be found at iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.