Lots of people have written about Google Wave, but I haven’t really had time to watch the full 80-minute demo. If you’re looking for a shorter version, this 10-minute video shows the highlights and some of the possibilities without requiring the full time commitment of the full preview.
I’ve been using Google Docs to collaborate with SMEs for over two years now, and it’s great for a lot of things. This has possibilities for a lot richer collaboration with SMEs though, with multiple tools pulled into one place. Right now, sometimes it is a challenge to follow the threads of conversation in Google Docs. I would have liked the playback feature to remind myself how certain things were decided and to see the process again, even when I’ve been involved at every stage of the development. The history is there in Google Docs, but it’s a little clunky.
It will definitely be worth watching how this develops and what applications are created to work with it.