The First Google Wave Search You Must Know

October 1, 2009

Wave searchIf you're one of the lucky folks who got into Google Wave this week, your excitement probably turned to "Now what?" when you logged in and realized you had no one to wave with. If anyone on your Google account's Contacts lists also has Wave you're set--but for some folks that's no one, or just one person. I've gotten a few waves from people saying "I have no one to talk to, and you're the only one on my list."

If that happens to you, it's time to break out the first search command every Wave newbie needs to know: with:public, which returns a huge moving sea of public waves anyone can read and update. There you can dive in, meet other wavers, see what's possible with Wave, and ask how to do stuff. Wave documentation is building up fast and furious inside Wave, and since everyone's new to it, everyone is asking questions and lending each other a hand.

Once you're tired of your inbox crawling with public waves? Save a search for waves just to you by using the in:inbox to pare down your list.

Oh god, that was so massively overwhelming. Thanks so much for posting the search, but I feel like I accidentally tapped into the main power line for the internet

Jordan Buller [+3]
Oct 1 09 at 8:32 pm

Thank you for this. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with wave when none of my contacts are on it.

Yeah, thanks a lot! Same here, this certainly helps. Cheers! Let’s connect folks, :)

Would love to connect, but I have no invite.
What I would like to know is if the reliability has improved over the Sandbox version released before or if this is the same version.

Soragon [+1]
Oct 2 09 at 1:25 am

Thank you so much! I was wondering how to go and find people. Wave needs a cheat sheet of this kind of stuff.

Wow so embarrassing i have read wanted and hoped for an invite but still no luck

Selwyn Chiert
Oct 2 09 at 2:13 am

excellent! finally able to wave with people while the invites start rolling out.

Mike Carlucci [+3]
Oct 2 09 at 5:07 am

Thanks again Gina, it was overwhelming at first but I think I’m starting to get a handle of this. Reminds me of how I felt when I first started using Twitter well over a year ago. :) Let’s be sure to connect with one another (Smarterware readers).

Cheers! Could you send me an invitation?
You will make me so happy and I would be really grateful!
Please, I desire it since it was announced
My mail is luca.rez[at]
Thanks in advance

Luca REz
Oct 2 09 at 5:39 pm

sorry! Please send me invitation at vineet.singh2008 @

Oct 2 09 at 9:24 pm

Updated search tricks:

lang:en – all english tags
-tag:fun – removes all the socialising tags/test waves if thats not what you are into (not really being maintained anymore though, since it is now all groups like WaveHelp, WaveDiscuss, WaveTest, WaveChat.)

Chris Leong
Oct 3 09 at 2:39 am

That was exactly my experience, too! Until someone told me about with:public, I thought wave was terribly overhyped. Now, I’m thinking of doing development.

My post on Wave

Ah, makes me so jealous Gina! Would love to connect as well, but alas, no nomination for me yet. Would love one though…

Does anyone have an invite left? I’d love to start using wave. thanks
jdcleveland{at}gmail dot com

Oct 5 09 at 10:41 am

You can also add to your contact list to be able to start a public wave yourself.

Wow! Public is overwhelming at first. How do I find Wavers in Orange County, California? Interesting to see Waves from around the world. Wondering how to apply this to real estate. Lots to learn!

Oct 17 09 at 6:24 pm

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