Google Shared Spaces (Or Ride The Wave, Again)

O.k., it really isn’t Google Wave, but have you checked out Google Shared Spaces yet? Google describes its new Lab’s service as follows:

Google Shared Spaces allows you to easily create a space with a collaborative gadget and a chat box in it. The gadgets are based on the Wave gadgets technology, so there are already more than 50 gadgets across different categories, like games, productivity, and event planning. Anybody can create a new space by going to the gallery and clicking on one of the featured gadgets. Spaces can easily be shared by just pasting the URL into a chat window, an email or a content sharing platform like Google Buzz or Twitter. And if you know a little Javascript, it is easy to get started building your own real-time, collaborative gadgets and create new spaces based on those.

In many ways, Shared Spaces looks like Wave stripped down to a box for chatting and gadgets to decorate it with. Sharing is super simple and the boxes can be used in an almost disposable way – got something to discuss or want to play a quick game with friends? Navigate to Spaces, open a chat box with your chosen gadget and invite friends via URL. Available gadgets include a “yes/no/maybe” gadget, map gadget, draw board gadget, a waffle gadget that facilitates event set-up, shared sudoko game, map cluster, travel with me gadget, colcrop game, listy gadget, browse Amazon gadget, and a Concept Wave mindmapping gadget. Get notified of new gadgets by subscribing to the Shared Spaces feed. You can log into it using your Google account, Twitter or your Yahoo account.

Check out the slide deck on Shared Spaces here. Would love to hear what you think?

Google Shared Spaces

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