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Monday Dose of social media: Google Wave tries to rethink personal communication

Testing Google Wave: This Thing is TidalGoogle Wave is a new communication platform (launching next year) that rethinks personal communication and collaboration on the Web. This could be huge for content producers and news organizations.

E-mail was invented decades ago. Google asks, “what if e-mail were invented today? What would it look like?” Google believes Wave is what 21st century e-mail should look like.

Google ultimately wants to make collaboration easier. E-mail isn’t that intuitive or fast. It’s not great for sharing files either, and it doesn’t work that well when you start bringing in more than two people. Wave could help revolutionize how we think about e-mail and personal communication:

Our initial impression of Google Wave is a very positive one. Despite being an early build, communication is intuitive and not cluttered at all. User control is even more robust than we first expected. You can already customize the look and feel of your Wave, and don’t think it will be long until themes and draggable boxes are in as well. We also want to note that it works by far the best within the ChromeChrome reviewsbrowser, which makes sense.

It really seems to focus on contacts – on people – which we feel is the direction communication is taking. Email applications currently focus less on people and more on the content of the message. We think tools like FacebookFacebook reviews and Twitter better balance the need to know the person behind a message and the message itself. Google Wave moves in that direction.

WARNING: Juste is latest Twitter scam to avoid — Be wary of links sent on social networking sites, especially from unknown sources. Many scam messages sent on social networks are often strangely vague. That’s the best tip off that they aren’t real messages.

If you see a link to “juste (dot) ru” on Twitter today, don’t click it.

The flipside of social media’s ability to rapidly spread content is that scams, viruses and malware spread at a much faster rate: from the trusted connections that allow Facebook scams to propagate, to the abundance of TwitterTwitter reviewsissues in recent months.

Study: Young adults haven’t warmed up to Twitter — Twitter’s biggest fans are in their 20s and 30s, not younger like other social networks. Young professionals are the networks sweet spot.

Twitter has not caught on in large numbers with high school and college students. Unlike, Facebook, MySpace and other social networks, Twitter isn’t the strongest personal communication tool for friends. Rather Twitter is a strong network for connecting with like minded individuals — especially professional — that you haven’t met before.

Twitter is expanding, and it will be grabbing more young people, but it’s important to keep in mind that not everyone has embraced it:

While 99 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds have profiles on social networks, only 22 percent use Twitter, according to a new survey from Pace University and the Participatory Media Network.

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