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Google Wave Turns One and No One Cares

Author: Don Martelli
Published: June 04, 2010 at 7:43 pm


Google Wave turned one this week. Did anyone stop to light the candles on the cake?

Touted as a the next big thing in real time communication, Google Wave set out to change the way we looked at email, photo sharing, link collaboration, instant messaging, etc.

Basically, Google Wave was supposed to be that piece of sliced bread...yea, that one. You know, the one that's called the best thing (since sliced bread).

However, unless I'm living under a rock and I've missed the parade to sing its praise, Google Wave has puttered along as yet another cool thing Google has done, but the interwebbers didn't embrace fully (hello Google Buzz).

Yes, there is chatter about Google Wave being rock solid for higher education, business collaboration and for families.

Have you heard that chatter? I haven't.

I'll admit, the concept is well beyond its years. It's almost too cool and too collaborative for the masses to embrace. it. We just don't know how to really use it.

It's not quite email. It's not really instant messaging. It's no where near being a message board. It's sort of a hybrid of all these services and more.

The biggest problem is that it's still too new for it to hit mainstream consumers who are too busy Facebooking, Twittering and filling inboxes with email.

So, happy birthday Google Wave. Guessing that you're still crawling at this point. The interwebbers will be watching as you start to walk and hopefully sprint to life before you turn two.


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Article Author: Don Martelli

Known on the social web as “BigGuyD,” Don Martelli is just a dad, moonlighting as a digital marketer, photog and civilian journalist. He's the executive editor for Technorati. Connect with him at www.donmartelli.com.

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