Nonprofit Organizations on Google Wave
I was fortunate enough to get two Google Wave invites last week (thanks to @nonprofitdaily and @donortools). It’s a good thing because I messed up the first invite and attached it to my personal Gmail account. When in fact, I wanted to attach it to a newly created “NonprofitOrgs” account, as in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, I am still figuring out how Google Wave works. It’s not immediately intuitive and the complete tool set is not yet live, but it definitely looks to have some potential for nonprofits. That said, I wanted to let nonprofits know that I think it would be a good idea to grab a Gmail account that matches your nonprofit’s Web site and social media URLs (if it is still available), because seemingly your Gmail account becomes your Google Wave persona, if you will.
For example, I Tweet @nonprofitorgs. So, I grabbed email@example.com which then on Google Wave becomes firstname.lastname@example.org. You then add contacts and participants to your Waves by searching for their googlewave.com address. Your nonprofit’s googlewave.com address is also attached to a profile with your logo and a blurb about your organization.
First step for nonprofits on Google Wave:
1) If you are already on Google Wave, you can add me to your contacts by searching for email@example.com. Just like on Twitter, I’ll be functioning as a portal to nonprofits on Google Wave.
2) If you are not on Google Wave, it will be available to the masses worldwide early next year. In the meantime, grab your organization’s username at Gmail.
3) If you are nonprofit that has been using a Gmail account for a long time with an extensive contact list, it may turn out that you’ll want to use that account for your primary presence on Google Wave. I don’t think we will know that for sure until Google Wave goes live to the masses. But it wouldn’t hurt to grab a Gmail username that matches your Web site just in case. It also may turn out that staff with lots of Gmail contacts will participate on the Wave a “collaborators” and as themselves. Still, it doesn’t hurt to grab your Gmail username if it is still available.
As I dig deeper into Google Wave, I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, muchos kudos to @bullyinguk for seemingly being the first nonprofit on Google Wave (at least that I could find). You can add them to your contacts via firstname.lastname@example.org. Know of any others? If so, please post their googlewave.com address below. Thanks!