Wave as a newsplatform

In an experiment described on WaveOnBusiness, which deals with Wave in a publishing company. The idea of using Wave for publishers has apparently stretched even further. Why not use Google Wave as a news platform. It would be strange to use the term newspaper or newsletter, but newswave would be more appropriate term. Lets see if the term catches on.

Bjarne P Tveskov has started the first internet magazine, I have seen, called Bølgendk. The magazine is only in Danish, and you can find it hire. It is a summary of some news created for the last week and should be published weekly. The idea could also be relevant for any other niche marked you want to write about. It could be something in your local community or about your business passion.

Newswave could be used as a way to create/deliver local news for a small area. It would require some editors how could create and edit the initial comment, so you were sure to cover the most elementary. Then other users could create the missing pieces, so i could write about the project we are doing in the community or the result of the local football match.

The concept of having a place where all readers can comment on news is just interesting. Users can contribute to your news feeds to the ideas and get more feedback. Dependant of  you readers/contributors you will be able to create a comprehensive newswave .


One of the important concepts with a paper is to get readers, because then you can also sell ads. It is the same for web sites, the more readers you have the more you can make.

At the moment there is not a lot of users on wave, but the users are quite passionate about Wave and try to use it for different things. At the moment of writing there are 50 users on the current edition, which is probably not enough to have much revenue. If you get more involved it could probably be possible to support the Wave with ads.

When the next edition is created you also want to have the same 50 subscribers. So there should be developed a way to make sure all subscribers get the new newswave. This could probably be done using a robot.

Business could form for editing the waves and organize the way users can contribute to the news stories. So we can contenue to have local news and create application to support the way users are creating the content.

I’m looking forward to see if newswave will take off, and be the place to go for news on current events.

I’m also a blogger at WaveOnBusiness.

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Daniel Graversen

Founder of masteringwave.com and SAP Integration consultant at figaf.com

7 thoughts on “Wave as a newsplatform”

  1. Daniel,

    Very interesting post. This is a really daring and ingenious way to trying to find a way to make new print a profitable business again.

    Not sure that Wave will be the answer, but I applaud the effort and foresight to try something new.

  2. >So there should be developed a way to make sure all >subscribers get the new newswave. This could probably >be done using a robot.

    I’m already doing this with my WaveFollow bot used in this example wave http://wtr.im/AAor_jUFD The extension makes it possible to make different named lists and the participants can follow and unfollow in each wave which where the named list is present.

    senikk at googlewave dot com

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