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Google Wave

2010-03-19

Last week, Google announced the imminent launch of Google Wave, the company's largest product launch in a long time. Wave is poised to revolutionize digital communications, by combining email, instant messaging, tweeting, blogging, photo-sharing, and social bookmarking into one mega social network.
Sidney Eve Matrix, professor of Film and Media Studies at Queen’s University, and an expert on social media, can explain why developers are already excited about Google Wave even though it will not be made public until later this year.
“This product is part of the trend commonly referred to as the ‘Googlization of everything’ and contributes to the spread of online social networks, peer-to-peer multimedia sharing, and collaborative wiki-work styles,” she says. Matrix, who uses social media tools like Twitter in the classroom, says Wave is being hailed as a truly disruptive technology, in both the positive and negative senses of the word. “This new Internet communications tool is poised to cause seismic shifts in community, commerce, education, and culture,” she says.
To arrange an interview with Professor Matrix, please contact Stephanie Earp at 613-533-6000 ext. 79173 or via email at stephanie.earp@queensu.ca or Jeff Drake at 613-533-2877 or via email at jeff.drake@queensu.ca

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