5 Google Wave Search Tips for Research, Trends & Tracking

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Google Wave was officially launched in beta a couple of weeks ago and already plenty of people realize its potential usefulness.

I guess most of people reading SEJ have joined the party so far (tip: I got my invite by asking on Twitter, you can do the same if you haven’t yet), so I decided to start sharing my tips on how to get the most of Google Wave.

Today’s post is about using Google Wave for finding discussions related to your topic to gather more information, get inspired and track trends:

1. Public Wave Search


The first operator you should be aware of: not only it is helpful for discovering new discussions to follow, but also it is a must to use in combination with other search operators listed below:

Google wave search: public

Keyword Search

Use the following search operators in combination with the above one to discover waves relevant to your interests, topic your are researching, future post ideas, etc:

  • [about:keyword] – waves which have keyword anywhere.
  • [title:keyword] – waves which have keyword in the title.
  • [tag:tag name] — finds waves with the tag tag name.

Google wave search: keyword

3. Date Search

The following operators allow to find most recent waves (useful when you are researching some recently hot or new trend):

  • [past:date term], [past:year], [past:month], [past:week], [past:day], [past:Ndays] (e.g. past 2 days); [past:Nd]; [past:Nweeks]; [past:Nw], etc – find waves from the past days, weeks, etc
  • [after:date term] – finds all waves after a certain period.

Gogle wave search

4. Wave Attachments and Additional Content

If you want to find waves containing attachments, gadgets, etc, use the following operators:

  • [has:attachment] – finds waves with an attachment.
  • [has:document] – finds waves with an attachment which is a document.
  • [has:image] – finds waves with an attachments which is an image.
  • [caption:keyword] – finds waves with an attachment with caption containing keyword.
  • [filename:keyword] – finds waves with an attachment with filename containing keyword.
  • [mimetype:keyword] – finds waves with an attachment with mimetype containing keyword.
  • [has:gadget] – finds waves which contain a gadget.
  • [gadget:keyword] – finds waves which contain a gadget with name containing keyword.
  • [gadgeturl:keyword] – finds waves which contain a gadget with urls containing keyword.
  • [gadgettitle:keyword] – finds waves which contain a gadget with a title containing keyword.

Google Wave search: attachments

5. URL Search


This one is going to get more and more popular once more and more waves are being created: it allows to find all waves linking to a particular page (I personally see the huge potential of this option in terms of the popularity research and comparison, some alternative backlink research, etc):

Google wave search: URL

Note: the operator doesn’t seem to work for the actual / full URL (with http://) – otherwise it is quite fun!

More Google Wave search operators can be found here:

Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

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  • Nice post! When people first start using Wave it seems like it’s the wild west, and it still is to some degree. However, with a little education you can sort through the madness and find lots of value. Your post will certainly get people started off in the right direction and help them become power users. Good job!

  • Hannes

    Hey Ann,

    very usefull summary. Haven´t known the most of these wave commands.

    If anyone still needs a wave account, i got 20 invitations left – just mail me.


  • Jenni

    Thanks, but I must be doing something wrong because I can’t get anything to show up. With the with:public included, even. Nothing shows up for anything. I duplicated Ann’s screen and got nothing. Guess I need to view Google’s long video.

  • Cool! Didn’t know we could punch in commands like that.