Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 5 Aug 2010.
It is refreshing to see googles attempts at various projects and then canning it if it doesnt work.
Many other companies would push their projects to the brink and keep insisting that its "good".
I do hope google keep trying new things
This is surprising. Everyone, including Google was so positive about Wave.
Wonder what went wrong?
No bugger uses it!
I love google's attitude to projects - try it, if it doesn't work then no biggie. Might not be the best business model for others to follow, but with so much money sloshing around I suppose it doesn't matter to them at all.
Exactly. In my case, I remember hearing about Wave, seeing videos on it long before it was released, and eventually getting access to it. I was so excited. Then I opened it up, and it crashed. And I opened it, and it crashed. What they were trying to do was clearly very complicated, but if you can't make the damn thing work then who's going to use it?
Never used it, I remember seeing all the hype about it, but it didn't interest me.
Never heard of it, did I miss anything?
Not really Mike, it was interesting as a tech demo but like others have said, no-one used it and most couldn't figure out a use for it.
So now he's Eric Chmidt?
So where did Schmidt run off to?
I tried it, couldn't see practical advantages, and stopped using it. It sounds like everyone else did too...
Oh! It was awesome to work in Projects for college... Guess they implemented most in GDocs nevertheless...
It was a clever idea but I could never really see a situation where people would willingly use it. It seemed quite a steep learning curve to achieve something most people have never realised is a problem.
a brilliant product sadly lost due to the stupidity of users :-(
google wave I'll miss you
Skynet Google plans to take over the world get a litle tiny set back, we all can sleep without worries just one more night
I didn't even get to try it
No wonder it wasn't adopted widely enough, i didn't even know it was public yet. Damnit.
I liked the product, but for personal use it was rather useless. I was kind of looking for a release though to give it some feasibility testing at work.
We live in an age where computers are used to do things we would do anyway, but faster, more precisely or in some way better or more conveniently. Creating a document by simultaneously having 5 people drawing on the same piece of paper is not an improvement on how a team actually functions, and there are far better electronic and physical ways of doing it which adhere to a structured methodology which everyone can easily learn, rather than being a free-for-all as wave was.
So does this mean that email won't be re-invented?
If no one else has seen the need to re-invent it in the last 20 or 30 years even with all the advances in technology and communications infrastructure, that's probably a sign that it doesn't need re-inventing. Google tried to combine e-mail, IM and social networking, but forgot that most people use them for different things, so their existence as separate forms of communication actually suits most people better.
The reason it failed is that most people are set in their ways (including me), which is understandable given how little e-mail has changed over the years, so when presented with this completely new idea we were all pretty confused by it. It didn't help that it had limited access at the start, either. While that did do a good job of building up hype, if you did actually want to talk to someone on Wave there was a good change that they didn't have an invite, so just left it and never returned.
It wasn't necessarily the implementation of the idea that was bad, I just think it was a bad idea to begin with, or perhaps more the timing of it. If Wave was around 10 years ago it'd probably still be around now.
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