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December 19, 2010

Google Shared Spaces

What happens with all the Google Wave gadgets, now that Google Wave has been discontinued? They're available in Google Shared Spaces, a small Google Labs project that helps you collaborate with other people by adding information to a gadget. You can add placemarks to a map, draw on the same white board, play Sudoku, create lists, find the best budget accommodation, brainstorm, create diagrams and answer to polls.

"Google Shared Spaces allows you to easily create a space with a collaborative gadget and a chat box in it. The gadgets are based on the Wave gadgets technology, so there are already more than 50 gadgets across different categories, like games, productivity, and event planning. Anybody can create a new space by going to the gallery and clicking on one of the featured gadgets. Spaces can easily be shared by just pasting the URL into a chat window, an email or a content sharing platform like Google Buzz or Twitter. And if you know a little Javascript, it is easy to get started building your own real-time, collaborative gadgets and create new spaces based on those," explains Google.


Maybe Google Wave would've been more successful if it didn't have so many complicated features and ambitious goals. Google Wave could've been the back-end technology for many cool web apps, instead of trying to incorporate all the use cases in a single interface.

10 comments:

  1. It was one of the Wave in a Box project. Too bad it's all now will be a gadget. They even don't create a beautiful UI for the site like Google Wave did.
    I heard Google Wave will remain in service into 2011 and still accessible through Google Docs, waiting for the suitable replacement.

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  2. Google Wave is now an Apache open source project and will live on, JGI for more....

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  3. This project is less than a shadow of Wave... I use Wave every day for project management with several developers, and this would *never* suffice as a replacement.

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  4. Is anyone else puzzled why Google has yet to simply plunk this community right into the Web Store?

    I mean, when all is said and done, as far as the end user's concerned, and other than using Wave code, how are these spaces incompatible with placement in the Web Store?

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  5. Unfortunately it doesn't have any support for Wave bots which represent a significant chunk of the custom Wave code out there.

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  6. hiya, the link to the shared spaces seems to be broken ;-)
    http://sharedspaces.googlelabs.com/ works for me
    but http://gadgetspaces.googlelabs.com/ doesn't :-/

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  7. Thanks, imma. When I wrote the post, http://sharedspaces.googlelabs.com was broken, so I had to find an alternate address.

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  8. I was wondering whether this will stay as a seperate service or there share service website or will this technology be integrated into Gmail an Docs an other Google services over time.

    It just seem a strange set up to have this as a seperate page with no integration to other products.

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  9. I was hoping I could drop a Shared Spaces box onto my iGoogle dashboard (much like Google Docs) but I can't seem to find a way to do it.

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  10. I always though wave had great potential where teams of people needed to work on a project, however I think at the home-user level it was destined to fail.

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