There is only a handful of journalists in Google Wave right now and, like everyone else, we're trying new things. I've created a Wave called "Wave, journalism and the Mainstream Media" and there are a few other journalists doing similar things.
I came across a Wave from the LA Times' Mark Milian - "How Google Wave could transform journalism". It seems he'd pasted into a Wave and made it public just to see what would happen. I did the same thing with the first blog post I wrote after experiencing Google Wave.
I left a comment on Mark's wave and then struck up a conversation about the future of Google Wave with Jacob Chapel - a freelancer web developer, aspiring game developer and "lover of all things tech" from Washington. It was an interesting conversation so, with Jacob's blessing, I thought I'd share it. Unfortunately it's a static blog post now, so you can't dip into the middle and make your own comments, but you can embed Waves into webpages and it's something I intend to experiment with. It's a bit long, but if you're after an insight into the nature of Google Wave I think you'll find it interesting. Just for some context - a Blip is a single comment within a Wave.
If you're in Google Wave drop by and have a chat, just do a public search on "Adam Turner" and you'll find me.
[Begins with the text of Mark's LA Times blog post "How Google Wave could transform journalism"]
There are some great points in there Mark. As a freelance tech journo who has worked for a major news outlet, I couldn't see them being comfortable with putting their publications into the hands of Wave. They're still coming to terms with Google News. Can you imagine what your editor and publisher would say if you said you wanted to turn the front page of the LA Times into a wiki? Individual journalists will experiment with Wave but I think major news outlets will hold back on officially embracing it until they have more control over how people edit their Waves (which might not happen, although Google has mentioned the read-only Waves are coming. Does that defeat the purpose?)
I've started a wave looking at these kinds of issues, feel free to drop by
Wave, journalism and the Mainstream Media
I am going to make an edit to the IB and embed the page you are quoting.
IB? Initial Blip? Is there a way to lock the initial blip?
No, not at this point. I believe they are planning on features that give access control to people that create the blips.
I think they'll need to once the griefers and spammers get a foot in the door. I have to admit that I'm a little reluctant to put too much work into something that could be blown away - but that's part of the Brave New World.
Jacob Chapel (and me):
One thing that has to be remembered about this initial version of Wave is that it is just a preview and there is a chance that what we are putting into it now might be gone in the future (probably not, but there is a chance).So I would not look at it as a bad thing if your content was altered badly, just go through the playback, find the last good copy, copy to a new wave and go on from there. The way Wave is intended to be used is more on a group to group basis, and not so much with a huge public userbase. So that too will keep down on bad edits.
My hope is that Google will give users the power to control who can edit waves, so you can be collaborative but choosy.
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