When I started First Waves I wanted to keep my readers up to date with Google Wave news and keep on top of changes and updates as they happen. However, looking around the net I soon found many sites that already do a great job of keeping up with Wave news, and I hate the idea of rehashing the same stuff my readers could get at any number of excellent sites. So instead I have started to concentrate on larger news and "future direction" stuff here at First Waves, and I hope my readers are OK with the focus.
But I realise that many people do want up-to-the minute Wave information, so I'm going to lay out the sites and people I follow, and if you're a hardcore Wave nut, you might like to follow them too. These people all have my utmost respect and admiration for their writing and dedication to Wave. I've included these sites in a Google Reader bundle called Best Google Wave Sites. If you trust my judgement, you can use the bundle to subscribe to all twenty-two feeds in just a couple of clicks! If you'd like to know more about the sites though, read on!
I was visiting Pamela Fox's personal website, and noticed she had a Wave This! button attached to her latest post. Interested in what it did, I clicked it and it opened a summary of that post in Wave ready to share with others! I can't find mention of the feature anywhere, and I'm not sure if it's permanent, but a specially formatted URL takes a title argument, a content argument and passes it to a special new wavethis function as shown:
Using a bit of PHP in WordPress and a plugin called Samsarin PHP Widget (that allows php in a special widget) I created the Wave This! button over at the side. Feel free to use it!
The PHP I used was as follows:
Simply install and activate the plug-in. Add the Samsarin widget to your sidebar and past the code in as you see it. It will only appear on post pages (not the front page).
I created a couple of button images you can feel free to use:
So that's the new Wave This! button. Go ahead and give it a try. If you're a developer I'd be interested in seeing other ways to implement this.
If one of my heroes - and a highly successful tech journalist and writer - feels like this sometimes, maybe it's ok that I do too.
Want to share a public wave with someone who hasn't jumped on the Wave bandwagon? Need to publish a Wave in a way that keeps it safe from editors and wanna-be trolls? How 'bout this Wave Reader that takes a wave and displays it as a web page without the reader needing an account.
Google fan Lookon has created a Bot to post to his Posterous blog, and written detailed instructions on how to do it.
It's straight forward enough, add the bot and log in to the form it gives you. The next time you add the bot to a wave, the first wavelet gets posted at Posterous and it returns the URL for you to check.
Posterous seems to have the most diverse posting options of any blogging software available, and the addition of posting from waves puts it again at the forefront.
Now the bot needs to monitor comments and return them to the original wave for even tighter integration.
How to write a blog using Google Wave Robot for Posterous [Western Bridge over Google Wave]
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