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Posted by Chris Thompson
Oct 22, 2009 at 10:33 PM


Is anyone else using Google Wave as a PIM? I’ve become increasingly excited about this. I really like the data model… the ability to work with discrete chunks (I know some people are using Outlook as a PIM in a similar way), or the ability to work in connected chunks (like pre-web Evernote), or the ability to work in structured notes (logically constructed like a tree). The ability to collaborate is in some sense a nice bonus.

More than the data model though, I love the idea of being able to assign virtual agents (“robots”) to watch and cultivate your notes, for instance to bring forward a note with a deadline date a few days before it is due, like a tickler file. (Note: I’m just speculating about this feature; there is no robot like this currently.)

Also exciting is the prospect of multiple “front-end” applications to edit your note store. There are already a handful of non-Google Wave front ends, and there will be more, in the same way that there are multiple e-mail clients today. Wave is also iPhone/Android accessible now via the web, and custom mobile apps are also on their way. Once the federation component is in place, you won’t have to entrust your personal data to Google’s servers either.

Is anyone else excited about this? I’ve been using Wave as a note store for the last couple of weeks and have found it to be usable even at this early stage. Tagging and smart searches for instance work well. (Right now file attachments seem only to work reliably in WebKit-based browsers, but it does support PDF attachments with automatic thumbnail generation, which is nice.)



Posted by shatteredmindofbob
Oct 23, 2009 at 01:19 AM


If you’ve still got an invite to spare, I could answer that for you


Posted by Tom S.
Oct 23, 2009 at 08:21 AM


shatteredmindofbob wrote:
>If you’ve still got an invite to spare, I could answer that for you

That’s more or less exactly what I was thinking.  :)

I saw the potential for using Wave as a PIM almost the minute I finished watching the keynote speech video when they introduced it.  It is, alas, a little too early to say what the potential is largely because I haven’t been able to get my hands on it.

Tom S.


Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Oct 23, 2009 at 12:47 PM


I have a few invites left to give…

The UI as it is now does not lend itself to using as a PIM (IMHO), but the Wave infrastructure/API could. AFAIK, there is no support for data columns however, so possibly, a 1-pane or 2-pane outliner with robots to do some tricks.


Posted by Eduardo Mauro
Oct 23, 2009 at 01:09 PM


If you can spare one I would like to try Google Wave.


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