Posted on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 2:29 PM
1. Where are all my Friends?
If you're used to Facebook, then Google Wave will be a little daunting at first. To the new user, it isn't clear how to add friends or colleagues to your waves, or any way to search for people with similar interests. On the plus side, this means that spam levels for now are low, but on the negative it isn't easy to find the people you're looking for.
The best way to create groups currently is via social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. As Google Wave is further developed, it's highly likely that Google will implement much richer friend and contact location systems. For now though, at least add the person that sent you the Google Wave invitation!
2. Get used to it!
Once you login to Google Wave, you'll be presented with a screen split into 4 segments. To the top and left you'll have your navigation and contacts area, whilst to the right you have the inbox and new wave windows. The best way to get started is trying it out, so create a test wave and share it with your contacts - remember that Google Wave is a collaboration tool, so use it to learn too through your friends! Ask questions, create polls and become familiar with the interface...