Google adds email notifications to Wave

Since Google launched Wave back in May 2009, one of the biggest complaints has been the lack of tie-in to email. For a new technology like Wave to catch on, users need to have some sort of backwards compatibility with legacy communication services. This would remove the annoyance of having to manage your email, and then also manage your waves.

Google has now brought this possibility one step closer with Wave email notifications. According to The Google Wave Blog, all Wave users should now see the "Notifications" option in their Inbox dropdown menu. Once selecting it, you will be presented with the following choices:

Google Wave Notifications

Google recommends the "Immediately" setting so that you never miss out on a wave. Google will only send you a single email between each time you actually visit the wave. Google does this to ensure that you aren't spammed with an email for every single update that takes place.

There are still some kinks to be worked out. Google promises to have them fixed over the next few weeks. These are them:

  • Sometimes emails don't show all of the wave's participants.
  • You may get an update about a wave even if you were the last one to update it.
  • The link in the emails that let you to change your notification preferences doesn't work. You have to change it the same way you enabled it.
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Just wait till Google Wave desktop clients show up. Something like Microsoft Outlook 2012 that could support Wave just like emails, and see how the world could change.

haha - Google originally said wave was "the next" colaboration tool that would replace email etc etc.

Seems wave has failed, and email is king!

dvb2000 said,
haha - Google originally said wave was "the next" colaboration tool that would replace email etc etc.

Seems wave has failed, and email is king!

Yeah, good luck replacing email so quickly. It'll probably take years...

You know what would make Wave more useful.... how about adding a little tab to the left on my gMail? Replace 'Buzz' with 'Wave' and add a little badge showing me how many unread "waves" I have.
Eliminate the need to sign in to different screen....make it more accessible.... then we can start talking about useful.

But hey, that's just my opinion

morficus said,
You know what would make Wave more useful.... how about adding a little tab to the left on my gMail? Replace 'Buzz' with 'Wave' and add a little badge showing me how many unread "waves" I have.
Eliminate the need to sign in to different screen....make it more accessible.... then we can start talking about useful.

But hey, that's just my opinion

Even more useful, would be for Google to drop Wave from the history books. Oh wait, forgot, Google does not "yet" own the world. Oh yes, yes it does!!

morficus said,
You know what would make Wave more useful.... how about adding a little tab to the left on my gMail? Replace 'Buzz' with 'Wave' and add a little badge showing me how many unread "waves" I have.
Eliminate the need to sign in to different screen....make it more accessible.... then we can start talking about useful.

But hey, that's just my opinion

Thats a good idea.

YES. Thank you. This makes Wave so much more useful.

Wave is great as a communication and collaboration system... but email has almost morphed into a sort of universal notifications system.

Silverskull said,
YES. Thank you. This makes Wave so much more useful.

Wave is great as a communication and collaboration system... but email has almost morphed into a sort of universal notifications system.

Almost? Welcome to 2010 my friend.

Silverskull said,
YES. Thank you. This makes Wave so much more useful.

Wave is great as a communication and collaboration system... but email has almost morphed into a sort of universal notifications system.

For personal I would totally agree. All of my friends communicate either with facebook, IM, or SMS (or old fashion phone call). Email just notifies me of these things. For work, email is the corner stone of communication.

This will actually make it quite a bit more useful for me. Right now I have to check my waves for updates and when there aren't any it is kind of an annoying waist of time.

But yeah. Google Wave is pretty bleh. I can't see myself using it pass the few things I'm currently using it for just as an experiment.

Shadrack said,
This will actually make it quite a bit more useful for me. Right now I have to check my waves for updates and when there aren't any it is kind of an annoying waist of time.

But yeah. Google Wave is pretty bleh. I can't see myself using it pass the few things I'm currently using it for just as an experiment.

Yeah the name blew it. ;)

cybertimber2008 said,
Hey, they already give you infinite storage and "no need for deleting".

That's bit the point. Signal:noise ratio is the problem

Agreed! I got it, and once I had it I couldn't figure out what I should use it for. I guess it's aimed more toward project collaboration and things like that though.

Google Wave? Anyone even remembers what is it?

IMHO it is the biggest flop and the most overhyped service in the last years.

Agree, even my friends that I sent invitation does not want to use it. It is great for school team projects or the business, other than that... nope.

kaczula said,
Google Wave? Anyone even remembers what is it?

IMHO it is the biggest flop and the most overhyped service in the last years.

disagree.... biggest Google flop was Lively (http://www.lively.com). Most people didn't even hear about it until it was shut down (my self included haha)

kaczula said,
Google Wave? Anyone even remembers what is it?

IMHO it is the biggest flop and the most overhyped service in the last years.

Agree. And it's incredibly slow, even in Chrome.

morficus said,

disagree.... biggest Google flop was Lively (http://www.lively.com). Most people didn't even hear about it until it was shut down (my self included haha)

I agree you buddy on that one.

kaczula said,
Google Wave? Anyone even remembers what is it?

IMHO it is the biggest flop and the most overhyped service in the last years.


Overhyped by people who didn't know what it was, yes, VERY.

Useful team collaboration tool? Definitely.
It's one of the best web services out there for that.

kaczula said,
Google Wave? Anyone even remembers what is it?

IMHO it is the biggest flop and the most overhyped service in the last years.

Wont it have to be released before it flops?