Ok If you have joined in on Google Wave then here are some tips.
First off you will find life much easier if you simply add a picture. Here is a screen shot of my waves (yes I'm pretty new on it too)
Ok you can see with the exception of one friend everyone is a gray face - this is not good because as you can tell above it doesn't say who the wave is from you only see their picture. Its hard to tell one gray face from another. Now yes if you hover over them it says the name but a picture makes it so much easier!
So here are the basics as put by "Doctor Wave" on Google Wave - the videos are short which makes it easier to view:
A wave can be both a document and a conversation.
You can reply anywhere in a wave.
All participants on a wave can edit any part of the wave, at the same time.
To quickly read through unread blips in a wave, hit the spacebar.
The playback feature lets you move through the history of a wave.
To attach a file to a wave, start in edit mode. Then either:
Google Wave’s spelling correction uses the context of your message to correct your spelling.
The scrollbars in Google Wave are a little different.
You can remove waves from your inbox in two main ways:
You can always find these waves again by searching for them.
Use the search box to find waves by typing keywords and advanced search terms.
Find a set of waves quickly with a saved search.
Tags are an easy way participants can share organization of waves. Any participant can add or remove a tag.
Create folders to organize your waves.
Now if you're not a member of Google Wave yet and you want to get in on the ground floor then drop me a PM (Note: only Premium Members can PM). Right now its by invite only but I dont mind hooking up a few friends here and there (I have 11 invites let - first come first serve)
For more information you can also check out this thread:
You can make more room on your screen by moving and minimizing panels.