Google relaunches Wave, no invitation necessary

By Jos
May 19, 2010
  1. Google's real-time collaboration platform, Google Wave, was unveiled roughly a year ago amid a ton of hype at the I/O developer conference. Although it seemed quite promising at first, combining the functions of email, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs in a framework that facilitates communication, since launch users were put off by its complexity and apparent lack of focus. The excitement over Wave quickly died down and most users just forgot about it.

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  2. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 794   +16

    I'll have to try it out when I get home tonight. I was one of those who used it and forgot about it. I used it for 2 or 3 days and then it just kind of slipped my mind....I didn't miss it, lol.
  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 799   +48

    Wave is one of the biggest time sinks I have come across in the work place. A simple email chain is substituted with something people can add, edit, insert graphs, insert tables and votes. Before you know it you have 2 or 3 waves on different subjects and you spend half the day checking each one when there is a change.

    Honestly its a good idea but for the workplace it has to be heavily moderated by someone.
  4. @yukka "A simple email chain is substituted with something people can add, edit, insert graphs, insert tables and votes"

    Exactly. As anyone that has worked in a business environment that lives and breathes email everyday, you want less mail not more. Wave gives TOO MUCH input.

    If I wanted that much input, I'd rather call a quick meeting or better yet, just use sharepoint. Or maybe "wave" would work better as some outlook plugin tied to sharepoint. I don't know.
    Wave is a complex solution looking for a problem.

    Sometimes Google has too many geeks in the kitchen, not enough "normal joes" to bring them back to earth.
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