Google Wave: What's All the Fuss About?

Google's latest product combines communication, collaboration and media-sharing into one insanely useful app. Is this the new e-mail?

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For a company founded and still largely run by a bunch of engineers, Google apparently knows a lot about human nature. Just as they did with Gmail, the Googlers have made their newest product invitation-only. You can't just use Google Wave; you have to be chosen. It's like Willy Wonka and the golden ticket. By the time I finally got my Wave invitation, I actually felt grateful. In some part of my brain, I really believed that instead of using a browser-based communications app, I was attending a totally excellent party.

I guess I should be grateful, since Google Wave is...

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