WELCOME TO CHAOS
I guess I just don’t get it. Google releases what is meant to be an organized threaded discussion solution (Google Wave) and my first thought after a few initial tests a month or so ago was “What is this CHAOS?”. I couldn’t easily invite a friend that wasn’t on Google Wave into a discussion. Once I was a part of 10-20 waves (discussions) it became even more frustrating. The interface is just a mess. Not simple enough for new users to adapt to, while at the same time being too scattered to quickly use once you get the hang of it.
So far I definitely recommend giving FriendFeed a shot! You can easily sign up (no need for invites). Once signed up, you can easily add friends you’re connected with on other networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and even place them in groups so you can focus on what is going on with certain blocks of people (like you can with Twitter apps like TweetDeck). You also have the option of attaching updates from any of up to 58 social networks you’re signed up up. Want people to see your YouTube videos, blog posts, Flickr photos, Tweets all together…..you can do that.
And when it comes to threaded discussions on a specific topic, about a specific project or task, you can quickly create a group and share the group URL across the web for people to join (like a group of us are doing here with Digital Disciples). And as a kicker, you can update your FriendFeed status and carbon copy Twitter (and onto Facebook if those are linked).
Are you using Google Wave? What have been your thoughts? Have you tried FriendFeed? If so, feel free to add me here!