Ole ole ole ole: Google Wave Football Fever!

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 1:02 PM

Today we're announcing Google Wave Football Fever: a way to help you stay on top of the matches in South Africa, predict the outcomes and organize viewing parties with your friends.

My first experience following the tournament was back in 1994 when the information technology wasn't as advanced as it is these days. For weeks, practically all I did was stay up late, get up early, tune in to the TV day in and out, and wait anxiously for the newspaper to arrive in the morning just to get the latest scores, news, or highlights. Oh boy, what a fun life!

Nowadays, however, such information is delivered to us more conveniently on the internet, but so much of the fun is still getting together with other people to discuss and debate the games, both in person, and virtually. So we designed a set of templates for Wave to help you do both.

Visit our main Football Fever page. From there for each match of the tournament you can:

  • Predict the game: Start a new wave where you and your friends can make predictions on the final outcome, the top player, and add your own custom polls. Once the match is completed, the prediction gadget will show the final outcome, and who came closest. Hey, who knows - maybe you have a hidden talent as a sports analyst!

  • Plan a viewing party: Of course, these events aren't complete without fun hang-out times with your friends. Start a new wave where you and your friends can organize a gathering to watch a game together or an after party to celebrate your winning team.
  • Get live commentary: Both the prediction and viewing party waves display live updates from Google News and Twitter. So, you won't miss a moment when Wayne Rooney scores a goal, and you'll see what the fans out there are saying about it!
To add some extra football love, why not show your team spirit in Wave with a fan-flavored avatar? Check out the football-themed Picnik effects and then update your photo.

And if you need any help, just visit our Help Forum.

See you in South Africa!