Edo the Reliable

Portrait of Google Wave as an Uber-CMS

In CMS-Blogs-Wikis, Social Networks on June 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Google Wave logoThe main argument in my “Content Creation Modalities, or Specifying the Blog-Killer Wiki” (March 2009) was that the functionality of diverse platforms such as forums, blogs and wikis can be efficiently replicated by one “UberCMS”. Legacy CMS (i.e. forums, blogs, wikis) can be implemented as limited modes or views of UberCMS, giving it the power to gobble up (import) existing user-generated content and maintain it without modifying its collaborative character – and while enhancing its potential.

I find in Google Wave some confirmation to my thoughts on the blog-killer  UberCMS 1.0:

If comments on content are content, all blogs are multi-authored

If you consider blogs as a CMS platform, and comments as content, then blogs almost always have or wish for more than one author.

The different usage needs of blog users and forum users are not so vast as to not be accommodated by a single platform

Versioning + personal credits = real collaboration

Scoffing at credits, [wikis] will never be popular with blog authors. However, a wiki with strong flagged-revisions system would be able to create entries that are change-proof except by author. Besides, the versioning system underlying  most wikis could support interesting collaborative credits: it should be quite easy to display, at every  wiki page, the names of the authors participating in the creation — with relative percentages and time spent.

Playback view for version history:

Another possible wiki feature is using the existing versioning capabilities to display wiki activities according to their creation date and/or author, in what you might call a “blog view”

Mashable’s Ben Parr asks if Wave will redefine email and web communications. The structuring of Wave elements (see definitions for waves, wavelets and blips by Mashable’s Ben Parr) hints at a symbolic system that includes our legacy systems. I’ll bet $50 it will indeed redefine collaboration, that is, if the bunch of buzzwords we got used to using could be called a definition to begin with. It would be extremely interesting to monitor how Google Wave will be used to replace existing collaborative structures.

  1. I agree with your assessment here. This is definitely the way I am looking at it. Looking forward to seeing Wave In A Box. Thats for sure.

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