Confession: I love Google Wave. I think it’s the future of Interwebz communications and have spent every waking second since I was hooked up with an invite exploring and evangelizing the technology.
As repayment for the initial invite, @ibroadfo committed me to doing a post on how I’d utilize Google Wave within my guild. So, here’s what I’m doing:
Truthfully, right now that only thing I’ve settled on is using Wave to consolidate raid strategies for Icecrown. Thanks to Wave’s collaborative features, I can write a full wave of raid strats, each “blip” (box of text) for a specific boss, and include any Waving guildies so they can comment and contribute to formulating a viable technique for each boss.
In each strategy blip I pasted a list of boss availabilities I stole from wowwiki.com. And then added little comments here or there, and highlighted colors to represent if something only really applies in heroic mode, or if it’s something a healer/dispeller needs to pay attention to.
Wave also allows me to embed videos from Youtube, so I can put up kill vids from the ptr.
And of course, others can comment or ask questions about specific bosses and we can work out answers or solutions.
Obviously, there’s still a lot more to do …
The sky’s the limit with Wave and I just need to figure out what else can be done with it within my guild.
I have some ideas but I think that depends on if I can manage to finagle most of the raid core into using this new technology.
Ultimately, Wave is a very powerful collaboration tool and can help streamline any brainstorming processes within your guild that might currently be done (clumsily) in external forums or in-game. Because anyone can add, edit, or contribute to a guild wave, you can do some awesome stuff with them.
Anyone using Wave inside their own guild? I’d be interested to hear how you’re approaching it.