What would email look like if it had been invented recently, and not forty years ago?
It’s one of those special-preview-invite-only kind of things for now. Somehow I got an invitation — not sure how — but I’m checking it out. It’s kind of lonely until you’ve got some other users in the sandbox to play with. I’ve been equipped with a number of invitations and have already sent out a few. If you’d like one, and are willing to play around with Google Wave once you get one, let me know. You can also request your own invitation directly from Google here.
I suspect this is going to be one of those things that cutting-edge or at least open-minded users will embrace quickly (if the concept proves to have merit at all). And everyone else will lag behind, still using their Internet Explorer 6 browsers and Yahoo! or Hotmail email addresses. That would be the critical point; I’m not looking forward to having to check email at one site AND my waves at two different sites. Maybe they’ve thought of this already — a way for Wave users to get all the benefits of the Wave and everyone else — the non-believers and Luddites — to hang back in the comfort zone of their traditional email.