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Monday, October 12, 2009

11 Wave Tools You May Not Know Exist

I'm still in the pursuit of exploring Google Wave, although I already wrote in my last post that I'm not a huge fan of this platform. Well, I am writing more because I do find it important to understand Wave's behavior better. Surely, I don't want to miss anything going on there.

Don't get me wrong, I still think Wave is far, far away from being perfect, yet I also think I missed the point that maybe Google don't want it to be perfect either. Maybe Google is waiting for us to make it perfect, same as Twitter did, and is still doing for the last 3 years.

So until Google allows some settings and give us the ability to actually have control of the conversation the way we feel comfortable with, here are some tools that will enrich your conversations and will give your Wave a little boost. (warning though, some of the tools are useless as hell)

1. Twitter
There are two ways to use Twitter through Wave:

A) First, add tweety's email to your contact list tweety-wave@appspot.com. Follow the instructions you get inside the Wave, which is basically to log in to your Twitter account, then you'll be able to use Twitter from within Wave.

B) Open a New Wave, click on this button to add a gadget via URL - add this specific URL: http://www.twittergadget.com/gadget_gmail.xml, and start following your tweetstream.

May I just add that I don't find these two strange ways appealing at all. I also don't understand why I'd want to tweet something while I'm on Wave... But oh well, if Twitter needs to be everywhere, there you have it - You can tweet from Wave with a little help of third party gadgets.

2. TinyURL - Bit.ly-bot
OK, this one is pretty sweet - Add this email address to your Wave contact list: bitly-bot@appspot.com, then add this user whenever you want to shorten URLs inside Waves. It will do that automatically. You can also use the same Wave just to shorten the URL whenever needed.

3. Wikipedia-Wikify
Wikify gives you a full definition of any topic you want from within a Wave. All you need to do is to add Wikify mail address to your Wave contact list: wikifier@appspot.com
and each time you need to know the definition of a topic or a term, use the Wikify command:

And that is by far the geekiest way to find information through Wikipedia!

Starify - Star a Wave
Starify allows you to bookmark Waves, simple as that. Add Starify's email address to your contact list: starifybot@appspot.com and then you are able to keep track of all your starred waves. Add Starify user to a any wave you want to bookmark, then type the following commands:
  1. /star' Star a wave
  2. /list' See all your starred waves
  3. /delete' Remove starred waves
You can also star a wave, if you add this gadget by URL: http://www.wave.to/botinstaller/starify_bot_installer.xml (open a new Wave and click on the green button)

I really liked this little Wave-add-on from the beginning until I discovered today that once you've begin starring Waves with Starify, people in the conversation will also see that you saved this Wave, and sometimes, you want a bookmark to be private. Well, you have no privacy here!

5. Nokar
Same as Starify & Wikfy, Nokar works on the same command concept - It allows you to do all sort of things such as: Convert your text to pirate-speak, show recent tweets by user, and more. I actually like the command that helps you search pictures from Flickr (watch screenshot for more). This is the Nokar email address in Wave: lab2market@appspot.com.

6. iWave
Allows you to create a profile on Wave by using Facebook connect, overall it is a nice tool if you need to introduce yourself to others in a Wave. To use iWave, open a new Wave, click on the green button, and add this widget URL: http://gadget.wave.to/iWave/iWave.xml

Emoticony is a must have for all MSN fans. It's a robot that converts text representations of emoticons to actual images once the Wave is submitted. The robot sits on this email address: emoticonbot@appspot.com and can be used in every conversation.

8. Amazon
In case you want to shop with your friends, you have two ways to do it - through Amazon-bot address, or through an XML link that you can add as a new gadget inside each conversation.

To use a the Amazon-bot user - add this email address to your contact list: amazon-withwaves-com@appspot.com, then follow the commands instruction. It might be easier though to just simple link to the gadget with this URL: http://gadgets.withwaves.com/installer/amazon/manifest.xml - same results.

9. Calcbot
This robot will fill in simple math calculations during your conversation (again, with a certain command) Add this bot to your user list: calcbot@appspot.com and follow the simple command to start.

10. Flippy
Just in case you get bored inside a conversation, you can flip your text with Flippy - flippy-wave@appspot.com - or you can go to this site, and flip it without the extra user.

11. Lasty
And finally music :) - Add Lasty (last-robot@appspot.com) if you want to tell people what you listened to recently on Last.fm during a conversation. After adding Lasty-bot to your contact list, type 'YourLastFMUser-is-listening' inside a Wave and Lasty will tell what song are you listening.

Please note that after I tested so many of these Wave extensions and widgets, I now convinced even more that there is something lacking in the conversation flow, it is just too hard to avoid the problems in the wave chat box - an annoying experience.

Find more Wave extensions in this massive list:

Google Wave Extension List -

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posted by Unknown at 9:23 PM


Blogger Quack of Dawn said...

I've had a lot of fun with it since last Tuesday, but that's because it's something new and exciting. The waiting also contributed to the excitement.

It has a lot of potential in the long run and it's a clever move on their part to have all the developers test it. As things are standing right now, I don't think it would be very appealing to the average Internet user. Like somebody else wrote [Arrington?], to many people EMAIL still equals OUTLOOK EXPRESS!

I've tried a few of the above -- Starify, was the first. Took it away when I learned to save searches instead. Made up a whole bunch of searches, like owner:me, is:unread -is:mute, in:inbox with:me is:unread.

That way I can avoid using the Inbox, which has a lot of room for improvement :o)

You certainly must have gotten oodles of contacts right away! I had very few, which actually was good in a way because I could really take my time and move slowly, exploring and trying to learn.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Royi said...

The Wikipedia tool is great.
Though I would like to see other options.

I would like to mesh a page from Wikipedia.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Mandrill said...

Some of these look pretty cool. I can't wait to start playing with them when they open up access to wave.

12:29 AM  
Blogger Mark Dunne said...

Great post, very informative. I'm still in pursuit of an actual Google Wave invite! Anyone got a spare. Thanks in advance.

gmarkdunne (at) gmail (dot) com

1:19 AM  
Blogger Mark Dunne said...

Someone here sent me an invite, and it was much appreciated. Thanks a million. ;-)


11:04 AM  
Blogger James said...

Howdy Wavers, I'm actually not yet on Wave, but would love to be invited to the party if you'd like a new friend. Sorry in advance for my shameless spam in requesting an invite. This looks like an absolutely wonderful new way to communicate with others!



newintown - at - gmail - dot - com

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Shevonne said...

Thanks for this. I am now getting a better hang of Wave

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF? You're commenting/coaching on a product that's yet to be released to us minions? It's obnoxious and arrogant.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Mark Dunne said...

It's been rolled out to you minions continuously. Request an invite. The wave team are slowly scaling the system to allow more users and thus more invites. Stop been an ignoramious!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Paul Riley said...

I have just received my Google Wave invitation and was wondering if any tools existed, having read your article I will now go out and try some of the tools you've recommended.


10:51 AM  
Blogger Gabriel Medina "gab" said...

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7:04 PM  
Blogger GxRioCuarto said...


Extremely interesting. Unfortunately I do not have my GoogleWave Account... yet!.

But I really appreciate your very good post. The near future will keep ... I hope.

Thank you very much

Gabriel Medina
Rio Cuarto

7:33 PM  
Anonymous claudio said...

strange to find the exactly same post here and THERE (http://techpp.com/2009/10/14/ultimate-list-of-google-wave-gadgets-and-tools/)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Aby_The_One said...

Great article...being a software engineer I just can't wait to try, test and explore Google wave...the latest buzz word.

Sorry for being making this shameless request on your blog...but anyone with a spare invite, please invite me too abhisfortitude (at) gmail (dot) com

1:28 AM  
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11:00 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I tried the tweety wave gadget the other day, and don't really see the point in being able to tweet from their account. Am I missing something that makes this useful?

4:30 PM  
Blogger ncompass said...

You've missed the point if you want to control the conversation... Let people talk and be open... You gotta change the mindset if you want to make a difference and that is what this is about.

Google Wave is probably going to revolutionise the world.

8:16 PM  

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