Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Google Wave

Google Wave is a forthcoming "collaboration and communication" tool from Google. From the preview screenshots, I'd say it looks a little like some other collaboration tools I've seen, especially tools like Blackboard that are used by academic insitutions. The "real time" aspect looks to be a newish wrinkle though.

Like most Google tools, it's extensible, with it's own API.

According to, we should be hearing more about this tool soon.

Google Squared: Structured Data Search

A new addition to the Google Labs suite of experimental and beta software, Google Squared, presents search results in a structured format, similar to a spreadsheet.

Some reviewers have framed this as an effort by Google to keep pace with Wolfram Alpha and Cuil, two other search engines that present results in a structured format.

According to several reviewers, when search engines like this work, the results are pretty cool. When these engines fail, however, they fail pretty miserably. The general consensus seems to be that this is an interesting idea that needs work.