Yesterday, Google announced new changes in two of its social networks, Google Wave and Google Buzz. Google Team rolled out the first version of the Google Wave extensions gallery in Google Wave while Google Buzz can see some changes in control of flooded Google Buzz email notifications.
Changes in Google Wave
Yesterday, Google team launched “Extensions” Gallery for their real-time communication network, Google Wave. In this extension gallery, you will find the tools and add-ons that have been created by developer community to make Google Wave experience more useful, productive and fun place to the users.
You will find extension gallery in the navigation panel of the Google Wave. Click on the “Extensions” tab and you will find the list of extensions which you can install and use them later for the New Waves.
Complete List of Extensions in Google Wave
Wave Sudoku : A cool game to share with your friends. Solve challenging Sudoku boards together and see who is the best Sudoku player.
For Developers Only – Extension Installer : Allows developers to create new Extension Installers.
Colcrop : Cover as many cells as possible, by choosing adjacent colors. Play against a participant or the computer.
Napkin Gadget : The Napkin Gadget is a blank canvas for collaborative doodling.
Waffle (Date-Picker Gadget) : This gadget is to plan a date for an event, meeting, or offsite with your colleagues.
Iframe Gadget : This gadget lets you embed any webpage into a wave. It works best with webpages designed to be embedded, since they will stretch to fit the width of the wave.
Yes/No/Maybe Gadget : Useful for gauging interest of anyone on a wave. Users can select yes, no or maybe and provide custom responses.
Map Gadget : Collaborate on a map of placemarks, paths, and shapes with other participants. Great for planning events and trips.
Trippy : This gadgets helps you to plan trips with your friends- you can specify the dates, get recommendations for places to go, search for points of interest, drag places to desired days, and rate places up and down.
Video Chat Experience : Take a seat and join one on one interactive video chat sessions with other Wave participants.
Phone Conference : Help you to easily start up a call with your far away friends or workmates.
Mind Map Gadget : This gadget help you to collaborate on diagrams like team hierarchies or workflows.
Likey Gadget : A simple like/dislike Wave gadget that can be added to a blip for intuitive user rating.
Pollo Gadget : Helpful for conducting surveys with your friends, random strangers, event attendees, etc – you can configure it to allow single or multiple votes, and to show or hide avatars.
Take-Out Gadget : Helps organize take-out orders for a group. Great for coordinating food or coffee runs for your office.
AccuWeather : The AccuWeather Wave Gadget is the perfect companion for trip planning. Select a location and date, and the gadget will return a forecast.
As we all know, Google Wave is still in preview but I think after launch of smarter API and addition of E-mail notifications a week before surely help Google Wave to re-gain its losing momentum. And I think that after the addition of an extensions gallery in Google Wave shows some growth on its part.
Changes in Google Buzz
Since the day of its launch, Google Buzz has been in news for many good and bad reasons. And so far Google team worked beautifully to make changes according to the users feedback. In the same series, yesterday, Google announced some needed changes to make Google Buzz experience more smooth. In the recent past while using Google Buzz, I know many of you are annoyed by email notifications of Google Buzz which directly comes in our inbox if you have not created Buzz Label yet.
So yesterday, Google Buzz team announced that they are testing two changes to e-mail notifications to help you better manage your inbox. It is not live yet and will be available to all users in the next few days.
Two New Features of Google Buzz
1) Settings to control what gets sent to your inbox
You’ll be able to choose whether the following buzz items get sent to your inbox:
- Comments on your posts
- Comments on posts after you comment on them
- Comments on posts after you are @replied on them
2) Explanations for why posts get sent to your inbox and a “Mute” link
A message will now be displayed on the top of each post in your inbox that explains why it’s there (someone commented on your post, you were @replied, etc.). One more change will be easy to find “Mute” link to a post which helps you to stop the updates from continuing to appear in your inbox as people comment or like to it.
I think both these features are must in Google Buzz if they want users to be loyal with their new social network.
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