How to get an invitation to Google Wave?
This or similar questions are very popular now – a lot of people watched the Google Wave video and they are desperate to get the acceess to the Google Wave Sandbox.
How it works
This text has been written on June 12 and a lot of things changed since then.
First of all – don’t spam any forum or Twitter with the messages like this: I’d love to try Google Wave. Could you please send me an invite?
Because there is no way how you can get it. Users will be alowed to the system in 3 steps:
- Step 1 – The Google I/O attendees. This step is over and they should be in.
- Step 2 – The developers who are interested in Google Wave. THE ONLY WAY, how they can ask for the access to the Sandbox is this form. The big question is – how fast they will be allowed in? Check the next chapter for the answer.
- Step 3 – Anybody else should use this form and wait for several months.
The Bad News for Developers
Many developers filled the form described in our Step 2 and now they ask: How long?
Stephanie (who is a member of Google Wave Team) wrote this tweet:
The words weeks out till ramp past io are the core of the bad news – the Google I/O attendees are in, the rest of developers have to wait for several weeks. The members of the Google Wave team repeated the same message here.
Is there another way?
Yes, there is. But it is not sure if it will be a faster one or not.
The Google Wave is built as open system and there is the Google Wave Federation Protocol. It means “…anyone can build a wave server and interoperate, much like anyone can run their own SMTP server…”.
We are in touch with the developers who are working hard to start their own Wave servers.
There is still a very long way to go and it is also hard to say if these guys will be willing to open their server to other people.
Anyway, this possibility is here, we will watch any development in this area and we will let you know immediately!
Updated on 2009, June 23rd: The guys were fast and you can try PyGoWave Server!
Updated on 2009, July 17th: Google Wave team activates the sandbox requests!
Updated on 2009, October 15th:
Here is the way how to get a Google Invitation »