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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