Christmas Giveaway Day 5: Google Wave

The hubbub over Google Wave has greatly abated, but there are still many people patiently (or impatiently) waiting to get a chance to try this tool out. Especially those who suffer from overcrowded inboxes.

Whether you just want to give it a try or have a project to collaborate on, here’s your chance to get a belated invite — we’re giving away 10 today.

Update: Thanks once again to everyone for getting involved. I’ve chosen the ten winners here, but it seems from many of the comments that there are others who are willing to also share some invites. So if you’re name is not in this list here, scan through the comments and get in touch with one of the giving souls with invites available.

Without further ado, here are today’s winners:

  • Paul Cutler
  • Juan
  • Jonathan
  • Kerotov
  • Leif W
  • Toms Osins
  • Abe Jellinek
  • Per
  • Michael Kwok
  • Trey

And come back again tomorrow for another great prize.

About Google Wave

There are probably not a lot of people who spend significant time on the Internet who don’t know what Wave is. Intended to solve the problems plaguing current email practices, Wave combines the characteristics of email, IM, and a wiki.

Despite a few bugs, Wave still has a lot of potential and is already fairly polished.

Despite a few bugs, Wave still has a lot of potential and is already fairly polished.

The jury is still out on whether or not Wave will change the way people communicate on the web. But it certainly has the potential to change the way we use email.

Our Look at Wave

Shortly after Google opened the doors, I was able to get access to Wave and write about my initial impressions.

Google is still working out the kinks, but with a fairly stable first release, the overall performance of the application shows it has promise. The only question that remains is whether it will match the hype.

That about sums up my feelings — which still hold true two months later. Wave could be useful in certain circumstances and for people in certain professions (teachers for example). But it’s not quite ready to kill email completely.

How to Enter

If you want a chance to get an invite, simply leave a comment today. List one reason why you think you might prefer Wave to a current tool you already use. The winners will be announced at the end of the day!

And a big congratulations to our winners from Day 4 — enjoy Ember!

And Over at Mac.AppStorm: CSSEdit

Don’t forget to check out what’s going on over at Mac.AppStorm! Today they’re giving away a few copies of CSSEdit.

CSSEdit is aimed at both those new to web design, as well as those experienced in the field. The Selector Builder and advanced visual editors will gradually help you understand CSS. The Live Preview and intelligent source environment are really useful tools to get your website looking great, very quickly.

Read more and enter the competition

Come Back for Day 6

It doesn’t stop here. The giving continues each day until our grand finale on the 24th. Tune in each day for the newest prize and keep up to date with our RSS feed or Twitter account.


  • http://www.twistereli.com Eli

    Using google wave together with google reader, mail and some of the other webapps they have will be awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/nickplekhanov Nick Plekhanov

    I want it.

  • Toms Osins

    Becouse skype just doesnt do it for me.

  • Abe Jellinek

    Google Wave has more collaboration features than e-mail.

  • Per

    As a small development agency me and my coworkers work at different locations, so we’re heavily dependent on email and skype for group discussions. Wave might actually simplify the process by combining the email and IM part.

  • Leif W

    Hi, I’d like to join the competition because I think Google itself has potential to change the Internet experience massively and I don’t want to miss that by not getting on the wave…
    Thanks for all the great giveaways!
    Love, Leif

  • kerotov

    I really would like to check Wave out, to see the cavalcade of technological innovations in person.

  • http://www.ninique.net Veronique

    Wave seems like an awesome and practical way to communicate with friends and coworkers.

  • Peter

    Your Message…I’d like to have a look at Google Wave and get an invite, because I think it would be nice if it could replace e-mail and reduce spam, as well as improve interactivity and collaboration.

  • Jonathan

    I want to try it for myself. I see that some people like it and some don’t. I want a chance to see it a make my own decision.

  • Joseph Hughes

    Just coz.

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

    I don’t want to be in the draw but…

    I have some invites and some instant invites too (no wait) give me a few minutes and I’ll post them up. Anyone else want an invite just post your email or message me on twitter @sulcalibur

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

    Not 100% but clicking these should start you up instantly for a Wave account.

    http://bit.ly/goowave1

    http://bit.ly/goowave2

    http://bit.ly/goowave3

    Let me know if these work and I’ll post some more up if I get them :)

  • Engin

    It would make this team of three in three different locations communicate much more efficiently and get things done faster.

  • Siv

    Also checkout Microsoft Pivot. Its highly restrictive and needs an uber-computer with IE and win 7 (or Vista), but it does have some interesting features.

  • Nick

    I would love to try it.

  • http://www.marketingbyjane.com Sarah

    #1 reason – “Real Time Online Collaboration” I’m dying to try it out with every aspect of my life. Socially, Professionally, Personally… What a great tool.

  • EGY99

    I want to have all my communications in one central platform.

  • vincent

    I want to win beacause. Its a nice new system!

  • Trey

    wave is the future. i gotta get with it.

  • Juan

    I would like all my communications in one place.

  • Donovan Ryan Hay

    Because it looks AWESOME!!! There are many collab tools and clients out there but google apps (e.g. Chrome) usually rock. Also, give me any decent app (especially a Google one) that could take away skype and i am in!

  • Paul

    I want to see how Wave can help with international participation projects to bring grassroots people interested in health together from different countries to make change happen. Currently I am working with people using blogs, IM and email but Wave promises greater forms of collaboration and real-time participation

  • http://hi.im/jonnyhg Jon

    My deaf colleague (and good friend) has just got an invite and I want to see if we can use Wave to make it easier for him to collaborate.

  • Michael Kwok

    I want to help google wave to be as great as it can be when the final comes out, so my friends will use it with no bars. Plus, meebo is great, but it is relatively limited in some areas

  • Topy

    because I want a new internet experience. One I think I d get with Google Wave :)

  • Ryan

    Because I’m a research student and a lot of my work involves collaborative brainstorming

  • http://www.VidiChannel.com VidiChannel

    We are building social networks for thousands of new users. Wave is something we should be able to share with others.

  • http://www.aetherfunk.com Adelore Lessard

    email: aetherfunk gmail
    for your invite from me.
    20 left.

  • George

    I’d be using it for research to exchange internationally with other researchers. That would be cool.

  • http://laszlokorte.de Laszlo Korte

    I have still some invites left. If you like to get some, write an email at laszlokorte (at) gmx.de

  • http://greystockton.tumblr.com Grey Stockton

    I have 16 Google Wave invites, all my friends already got some, so I have nothing to do with them. Go ahead and write me at greystockton [at] gmail.com

  • http://twitter.com/JoelDrapper Joel Drapper
  • http://www.tjkoblentz.com TJ Koblentz

    Fill out the form here with the message asking for Google Wave and I’ll send you an invite for free. I have over 20 just sitting in my account.

    http://www.tjkoblentz.com/about/#contact

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