Google is about to release, in test, its newest version of a communication tool wrapping e-mail, chat, blogs,wiki documents and photo sharing into one very neat and confusing package.

Creators of the application (they also developed Google Maps) believe "e-mail is a computer version of snail mail. Wave will be something new, a real-time communication system designed specifically for today's faster-paced, multitasking Internet, he said."

100,000 testers will, over time, address bugs in the platform before general release to the public.

Are we moving too quickly? Do we really need to weave these communication platforms together? It's a neat little trick if Google can pull it off, but I believe only die hard techies will appreciate its development.

It took the developers almost two hours to explain the platform in a video. TWO HOURS.

And it's really only an elaborate form of e-mail with all the bells and whistles attached.

The general user rarely scratches the surface of the power and depth of even our most common programs...Excel and Word. TWO HOURS!?

I have no doubt that the crashing WAVE will reach a level of success For now, keep those emails coming.

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