Extend Your Wave … Eventually

If you’re starting to tire of the Wave, not to worry. This will be our last post on the subject for a while.

So far we’ve looked at the basics of the application, toured through the interface, discussed what to do once you get your invite and even looked at a few good resources to read if you’re still waiting.

Today I’m sharing a list of the extensions and gadgets available for Wave that caught my attention.

The Defaults

Organize as a group.

Organize as a group.

By default, there is an Extensions Gallery wave that lists several extensions available for use when you first log in. Six in fact. They are the Wave Sudoku, Conference from Ribbit, Video Chat Experience by 6rounds, Trippy by Lonely Planet, and AccuWeather by AcuuWeather.com.

The Trippy extension could be a useful tool when planning group trips and vacations. As well, the Ribbit entry looks to have the potential to make large conference calls easier to manage. But the others seem to be either a waste of time or there are better alternatives to use eslewhere.

A potentially useful extension for teams.

A potentially useful extension for teams.

Personally, these default extensions are not of much interest to me and I hope that the offerings increase sooner than later.

There are also two gadgets included here. They are the Map and Voting gadgets created by Google themselves. You can read about all these on Google’s Featured Extensions page. And they both would be useful in day to day communication — kudos to Google for making sure their own offerings were useful and relevant.

Other Available Options

Sadly, there aren’t many.

As Google is slowly unveiling the application, the extensions available are very minimal. There are a few that you can read about, but not a lot that are available for use. The Waves Samples Gallery shows what the future may hold for the application but who knows how long this may take to be a reality.

Mashable has also covered some other interesting extensions. The one that caught my attention was Twave — a robot called Twitty integrates your twitter stream into your wave.

AmazonBot

The best example I’ve seen so far comes courtesy of the team at WithWaves. Their first offering is named AmazonBot, which allows you to shop on Amazon from within a wave. You can browse through the Amazon departments and even preview music.

Follow this link to see the music preview in action on their site.

A good example of the potential of Wave.

A good example of the potential of Wave.

And Questions Remain

After a full week of having access to Wave, playing with the settings and extensions, my biggest question is this — if I should choose to make Wave my primary communication tool in the future, what will my interactions who those who do not use Wave look like?

The only mention I was able to find all week was a tweet from a member of the Wave team stating that they had designed the app to be able to be used as as email client when interacting with non-Wave users. Apart from that, no one seems to be talking much on this subject.

Since I still have one invite left to giveaway, I’d like to hear what your questions are regarding Wave. Leave a comment and let the rest of us know what you still want to know about Wave.

That’s a Wrap

Well, this ends our discussion of Wave for the week. Sadly, the coverage here is a bit of the reflection of the app itself — a lot of excitement built beforehand, with a slow fizzle to not much of anything at all. At this point, I’m sure feeling like the hype outweighed the experience. And that was reflected here.

There’s simply only so much to talk about .

Until Wave becomes more available and more people move to the platform, there’s no way to accurately gauge if it will change the way we communicate.