13 years, 9 months ago

Anything that Google touches turns to Gold…..well almost!

Link: http://eamitabh.blogspot.com/2010/08/anything-that-google-touches-turns-to.html

Wave was supposed to be another jewel in the already crowded Google crown. Surely this next generation communication tool was going to join the ranks of ultra-successful Search, super-popular Mail and upcoming star Android. When Google announced this as the potential platform, product, protocol we simply assumed that it was going to revolutionise how people communicated.

But after the initial hype the Wave clearly failed to make the mark and clearly failed to scale the popularity charts of web collaboration. Yesterday Google finally acknowledged that “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked”. Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations in his blog states that, Google has dropped plans to productise Wave. He further states that, the central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source.

So what went wrong here? I was one of the early users of Wave last year. But after playing with it a couple of times, it was clear that the legendary ease of use offered by other Google products was missing. Another reason for not going back to it often was there was real need to go back to it. The ecosystem of Facebook, Tweeter, Linkedin, GMail, Blogger was more than occupying any free moment which I had and serving most of my collaboration cravings!

What I was genuinely hoping for (and still optimistic about) is a simple tool which could bring all my web collaboration in a single place. Wave did not do it for me. Or may be it did and I failed to notice it. Or was Wave ahead of it’s time? We will surely know it when we see another Wave in few years, won’t we? Till then wave a good bye to the Wave!