No I'm not showing off but I have got my hands on it at last thanks to the lovely Beth Carroll. Would be interested to know how many members of the group have tried Wave yet. To summarise the experience I recommend John Wilsher's blog this afternoon which explains why its a weird product launch because once you're in you have almost nobody to use it with. Which kind of destroys the point.
Why am I blogging about it? Because Google Wave is potentially a killer app for research. For the last 2 years I have been running training sessions doing pros and cons for chatroom versus bulletin board research and Wave has eliminated the distinction. But because it also allows you to embed other objects - projective material and any other structured inputs you could wish for can be put into it. And I presume this means also outputs so voting can be embedded as well.
Would Wave be a suitable vehicle for dumping RSS feeds before the community get to work sorting? Dunno need to think about that.
And as soon as Google are forward thinking enough to allow me to invite others I will of course let you know and you can trial it yourselves.