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Google drops Wave

About a year ago Google introduced a new collaboration technology called Wave. It was unlike anything we had seen so far, a strange mix between chat and bulletin board. As with most things by Google, there was a great hype but unlike previous products people had an unusual question: what should it be used for?

Even Google themselves had no real answer but spoke in vague terms of collaboration, interaction and communication. Some even suggested it would eventually replace email conversations at offices.

But yesterday it was declared dead by Google. I guess nobody will really miss it. The learning curve was to steep for a tool without any clear purpose.

But I still want to give Google real credit here for the courage to try something completely new.

Waving goodbye.

3 comments

  • avatar
    Johan
    06 Aug, 2010

    We tried to use it as an information channel at work for one of our projects, but the combination of skype and wiki that we used previously worked better.
    Above everything it was an unnatural way of communicating.

  • avatar
    07 Aug, 2010

    Well I for one will certainly miss it. At work, I used it for those brain-storming sessions when you where trying to get input on an idea or design issue. The ability to include new people late in the discussion was great.
    I never used it for private conversations though.

  • avatar
    12 Aug, 2010

    I’m sure we will recognize some of the Wave stuff in future products by Google.

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