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Google Wave: What's the hype?

  • Dec 1, 2009
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Okay... I'm going against the grain here and stating that I don't get it.  I simply do not get the hype surrounding Google Wave.  After figuring out that you had to have an invite (yeah I got one - thanks B3) and sitting through the most boring, over an hour (you read that right) tutorial, I sat down to give it a go.  It reminds me of an early-day AOL chat room gone bad converged with a modern-day wiki-like communications environment.  Dare I call this Chatiki? Ugh.  Sorry folks.  I just don't see the value.  To me, it adds clutter to an already cluttered marketplace filled with endless types of communications platforms, email gadgets and contact databases.  I think what Google does best is create hype, viral masterpieces.  Think Knol.  Where has this little project really gone?  And what is Google doing with it? I've used it - but I haven't earned a dime in Adsense revenue from it, nor have I received a lot of reviews or comments.  Maybe my Knols suck - but I don't see Knols appearing above Wikipedia and Answers.com pages in search results.  And I certainly don't see a lot being written about it now - after they were unable to buy the URL/domain and create a media frenzy.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I love Google.  I'm an avid Googler, Adsense beneficiary and Gmail fanatic.  These are all products that offer true value.  This whole Wave thing, I'm not feeling it.  For me, the wave has come in, but it is far from a tsunami. 

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December 02, 2009
As you can see in my review of Google Wave, I'm holding out hope because it's a really great concept, but I do see what you mean.  It really is one big, confusing mess right now, but that's what being in beta is for! :P
December 01, 2009
I jumped on the Wave bandwagon because of the PROMISE of what it might become. In its current form, I agree with you completely...it's a mess.
December 01, 2009
Can I just add a thought here... A good friend (and marketing/Internet genius) once told me that if something is so complicated that it requires an in-depth how-to or extreme tutorial, it's not a fit for the online world. Or in this case, not a DIY tool or feature. Google...slim things down. Get to the point. ;-)
December 01, 2009
I recently received my invitation to Google Wave, and I understand a lot of what you said. I think that there is definitely the potential for mess with Google Wave, but perhaps the thing that I really like the most about it is the ability to embed videos with a single message. I was going to send my mother three videos and a website along with a little message last night. I decided that doing it on facebook would clutter her wall, and doing it over e-mail would involve lots of exiting and returning to the message. The Wave format was perfect for this. Beyond that, I feel a lot of it is yet to be developed. I watched a condensed shorter version, an 8 minute video, and felt OK to jump right in. The amount of people that I know are using Wave is slowly increasing, but so far, I haven't done much on there that is significant. I really don't like that many of the apps have to be added as "bots" whose e-mail addresses you must find from the depths of the internet, but I'm forced to remember that it is still in preview form.
December 01, 2009
Ya, While I love just about everything Google does, I just got Google Wave and had no idea what to do. Not knowing what to do didn't make me want to learn though which was too bad...
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review by . October 21, 2009
Google Wave
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review by . October 14, 2009
A private "preview" was given out earlier this week.      Google has always been on the cutting edge of technology. They've been innovating how the internet works... from Gmail to Google Maps.      But this time, Google has created a whole new beast on its own.      Wave is a communications tool.  It allows multiple users to collaborate on a single "wave"--a topic, item, or whatever--in real time.     …
review by . November 13, 2009
Did not get to use most of its features, just a brief chat with devora , but it is very similar to an old chat program we used to use before the year 2000 called PowWow where you could actually see the words people type as they type them. A little weird but familiar to me at the same time. The wave can also be persistant and other people can read it too, which is interesting, it can also play video inside as well, so its great for sharing links and just BSing with friends.      …
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
future of communication and calibration!
review by . March 27, 2010
 Google wave is one of the best e-mail clients because it is not only a e-mail but messenger as well in a way. This changes the way we will talk to each other and will change how we get together simply by using widgets.       Google wave uses widgets/bots to make make stuff easier for all of us, for example if you want to know who will be coming to the to a wedding, you can just add the yes or no gadgets to your wave and people can click yes no or maybe instead of responding …
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
Need major work still. but a good idea.
review by . December 02, 2009
Since most people are nerds or wannabe nerds lately (or almost forcibly nerds due to the ever-growing world of technology), I suspect that most of you have heard the term "Google Wave" in the recent months. It started out as a small murmur amongst techies and is gradually becoming more and more talk-worthy. Not everyone cares to understand or use this new process of online communication, but with inundation of social media in today's society, even internet novices are curiously asking …
Quick Tip by . February 28, 2010
For now, it gets a +1. Brilliant app, but learning curve is too high. Once someone else learns how to use it, I can move my rating up.
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2009
Love the concept, but after using it a bit more, it just looks like a big mess. Guess that's what being in beta's for!
Quick Tip by . November 15, 2009
I see the potential for Google Wave to change the way we communicate on the Web, but I've yet to figure out exactly how!
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Google Wave is a product coming soon that helps users communicate and collaborate on the web.

A "wave" is equal parts conversation and document, where users can instantly communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. The concurrency control technology will let participants reply anywhere in the message, edit the content at the same time and add participants at any point in the process. The program also allows anyone to rewind the wave to see how it has evolved.

Google Wave is also a platform with a rich set of open APIs that allow developers to embed waves in other web services and to build extensions that work inside waves.

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