Google announced the next big thing this morning – Wave – a new service that blends e-mail, instant messaging, online forums, and wikis into one all encompassing grand messaging service, due for realease late 2009..
In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s real time rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave.
Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.
Here’s the official launch keynote, so go get a cup of coffee and sit back and see what may be the next killer app: