The tides are over us in terms of waves rolling and breaking all over the online ecosystems.
Two of these are the Adobe and the Google Wave.
Essentially their business model is somewhat similar, however their initial exhibition displays somewhat differences in focus and application (not in the technical sense of the word “application”, but in the sense in which way it can and is expected to be used).
Whereas the focus for the Google Team is to display the collaborative element of creating and “riding” waves, Adobe seems to focus more in the initial phases on offering organizations to create “buzzes” to which subscribers can stay tuned. The technologies and implementation underneath the applications are quite similar in terms of fundamental features, however the Google implementation does offer more flexibility, features and eventually better prospects for playing a major role in the near future communication landscape.
In essence “Adobe Wave is an all-purpose aggregator designed to let you keep up to date on a variety of different media streams. The application is a simple AIR app that connects to a variety of different services and displays a small alert when new content is available.” (http://www.insideria.com/2009/07/adobe-launches-wave.html).
On the other hand, “Google Wave…is a new model for communication and collaboration on the web.”
The description continues with defining that “a wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.
A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.
A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.” (http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html)
So, to clarify… the current application of the two “waves” have very few things in common and the common word “wave should in this case not be considered to be anything but a an abstract term and not something indicative for either application or implementation.