Google: 100,000 Wave Invites Going Out

Posted: Sep 29 2009, 11:51am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:31pm CDT, in Technology News


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For those of you that don't know, Google Wave is the search giant's take on both instant messaging, and document editing. It's a 100% live chatting system, with words being entered as you type them and multi-person live document proofreading possibilities. It sounds pretty damn cool, and 100,000 lucky beta testers are going to get a chance to experience it starting tomorrow.

Google has announced that Wednesday, Sept. 30th will be the first day of testing for Google Wave. Invites will go out to developers who have been active in the preview, first users who signed up at, and certain Google Apps customers. Users who are selected will have a chance to invite friends and family. This is a chat UI, after all.

Google admits that Wave is not yet up to snuff, which is perfectly understandable considering how new what they're trying to do is. We've never seen a chat client like Wave, and it's going to take them a while to work out the kinks. They still haven't added in ways to kick participants from discussions or define a group. Permissions also have yet to be enabled.

Wave probably won't be released fully for several months at least, but we can expect Google to widen their invite net regularly over the coming weeks and months. 100,000 is just the start of the testing process, so don't fret if you don't make the initial invite list.

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