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27 November 2009 @ 07:16 pm
GoogleWave question  
(crossposted)
So, I got this invite, because I looked over googlewave's stuff many months back and it looked promising.

Now I've clicked the link to start a wave account.... and my username ('betonica') is taken. I'm betting it's taken by me, somewhere in google-world. There seem to be others who have had this problem (there's a "Problems setting up account and integration with Google Account" thread in their support forum... with no answers from anyone at google).

Any of you net-geniuses know what I should do? I'd rather not have a different name over there.

Thanks in advance.
 
 
 
a wind-carried wing: leavesaenohe on November 28th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Can you explain to me what Google Wave is?
betonicabetonica on November 28th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
re: GoogleWave question
Well, I looked into it maybe six months ago, and don't remember all the details. But it seems like it has a lot more possibilities than livejournal or facebook. "Threads" (waves) are not, if I remember correctly, 'owned' by the person who started them - this thread is owned by me, as it's in my journal, but waves are just waves, out there with different people contributing. I really like that concept. Waves also apparently have a lot more different kinds of media - pictures and vids and stuff right in the wave, rather than links or clumsy ways of pasting in a scaled-down version of your picture. But I'm not really remembering that bit very well.

Waves also thread properly (facebook does not thread: everyone just responds below an original post - there's no branching for me to respond to you who has responded to someone else). And I think you can take a portion of a wave off somewhere else and start a new wave with it.

But I'm not sure that really describes it very well. There's a very long developer's vid here: http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html
plus a bit more description.

It says you can 'rewind' the wave and see who said what where and when, plus you can respond to anything anywhere in a wave. Again, in facebook you just add something at the very end, and have to explain what bit of the (non)thread you're talking about; here in livejournal there's some threading (I'm responding to your question and it shows up that way, instead of appearing like a new response to my original post). But in a wave, I could go into my original post, pick out a phrase or word or something, and respond to that specifically.

I'm sure there's more.

Oh, and I'm hoping there's "mark as read" or something equivalent. Wouldn't it be nice if, in lj, you could go back to a really fascinating post that had 127 responses and know which ones you'd already read?? Why we don't already have this function in lj (and dw and fb) is beyond me. It's available for most software that reads usenet.

If you have any interest and a spare hour+ I recommend you watch some or all of the googlewave thingie.

Right now, you need an invite to join and test out the new wave software. I have one because I told them back then that I was interested. If I could actually get in (grrrr) I'd undoubtedly have five or ten invites I could send out to friends. Sooner or later I'll bet they'll just let anyone join up.

Was that more than you needed to know? Did I miss whatever was most pertinent?


edit: oh, and it's open source.

Edited at 2009-11-28 03:32 am (UTC)
lorreslorres on November 30th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
At the risk of being too elementary:
can you try to login somewhere in googleland and tell them you forgot your password?

I used my google mail account to join Wave, so I don't think you have to set up a new Wave account, just see if you can get your other account working and use that. I use my account for mail, blogger, wave, analytics and probably a couple other things, so I think you could try logging in just about anywhere and see if you can get a password.

Let me know when you're in wave and we can play with it a little bit,
betonicabetonica on December 1st, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
re: GoogleWave question
I need an invite in order to start a wave account, and my invite is to my regular email account... but apparently not to google's idea of who 'betonica' is. So I'm thinking that perhaps I need to start a wave account with that invite under some other name, and then send 'betonica' an invite (problem: 'betonica' has the same email address. hm. I might need to change that email address.) This could get confusing. I'm not entirely clear on what will work and what won't. Maybe I'll have time over the weekend to play with it for a while.

Biston Betulariapepperedmoth on December 1st, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Totally unrelated, but I dreamt last night that you didn't like me anymore. I was SO SAD. I still like you. Even though I haven't finished writing my thank you notes yet . . .
betonicabetonica on December 1st, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
re: GoogleWave question
Oh noes!! Thank you notes are unimportant in the grand scheme of who likes who - I definitely still like you (and why on earth would I not?) Dreams are pretty silly, some times.
prairierabbitprairierabbit on December 14th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
So, did you get on it? How do you like it?
betonicabetonica on December 14th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
re: Googlewave question
Not on yet.... when I get many free moments, and can spend some time figuring out how to get on as 'betonica' I'll do it.