Google will launch in a few months a revolutionary new product, named Google Wave. Last time I got so excited about a Google product was on Gmail's launch. But what is Google Wave? Via the Webmonkey blog:
Wave is a web-based application that marries multiple forms of communication and collaboration, including chat, mail and wikis, into a unified interface. Everything inside Wave happens in real time: You can even see a comment being made as the person is typing it, character-by-character
The Webmonkey blog post also has a screenshot of the service - since some lucky souls are already beta testing it - which I proudly stolen:
That's a terrific productivity tool, instantaneous (latency of low milliseconds) and licensed as open source. It becomes now clear why Google isn't interested in Twitter.
A few days ago, a link fell in my mailbox, covering the 50 significant moments from the internet history. While reading it, I thought how would be nice to have this information in one, read once, graphical timeline. And since I love to design timelines, I decided to get my hands dirty and create one:
tip: click the image above to see it in a larger version.
I extended it to 65 moments, based on the honorable mentions by the original article and my own opinion. Feel free to use it, has anything else publicized in this blog, is licensed in a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.
The new creation from Dr. Stephen Wolfram, named WolframAlpha, is being heralded as possibly the most important technological invention of the the last decade. And why is that? The scientific community is referring it as an "answer engine" or "knowledge engine", rather than a search engine, since it provides users with the ability of typing a question and being given an answer. Note, that's an answer and not a list of websites.
It doesn't simply return documents that (might) contain the answers, like Google does, and it isn't just a giant database of knowledge, like the Wikipedia. Instead, Wolfram Alpha actually computes the answers to a wide range of questions - like questions that have factual answers such as "How many Internet users are in Europe", "What is the weather in Lisbon?" or "What is the 307th digit of Pi?".
The service will opens to the public on May 18. Meanwhile, you can take a peek on this blurry video from Youtube:
Is Google in danger due to WolframAlpha? There's a growing discussion about it in the community, some call it the next Google, others say they complement each other. And since WolframAlpha as (yet) no known business model, I guess we'll have to wait and see...