Walter McGinnis | 6 Aug 01:21 2010
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Re: Google Wave bye-bye

It's pretty simple why it failed. It never had a compelling story to explain what it was.

The reason it never had a compelling story? They chose a vague name that didn't give any real insight into its
nature over an enlightening unifying metaphor.  Personally, I thought it was closest to a chat room model,
but where there were products of the conversations.

People are pretty familiar with the virtual "room" concept for conversing.  The idea is to tie in output of
the conversations, maybe something that riffed off "the writers' room".

Cheers,
Walter

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On Aug 6, 2010, at 3:03 AM, Michael Schofield wrote:

> That is really a shame - but I think we'll see other incarnations of the 
> same pop-up as the virtual office gains traction. For a semester long 
> project, my team and I organized into a mock web development firm with 
> digital library friendly services, and we kicked clunky Elluminate to the 
> curb--and because Citrix GoToMeeting wasn't an option due to cost--used 
> Google Wave for all of our business planning. After we established some 
> ground rules about tagging waves, surfing through the dozens and dozens of 
> documents we produced (and collaborated on in real time) was a breeze. Once 
> they integrated video chat into the mix and Google Voice, we didn't even 
> need to use the Elluminate room our professor set aside for us.
> 
> The Geek in Me: It was also ideal for text-based RPGs for those of us who 
> grew-up on MUDs and MUSHs - you could even do dice rolls.
> 
> What a bummer.
> 
> 
> Michael  <at>  BCPL 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Leo Robert Klein <leo@...>
> To: web4lib@...
> Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2010 09:11:05 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Web4lib] Google Wave bye-bye
> 
> It bit the dust yesterday:
> http://searchengineland.com/google-wave-crashes-48086
> 
> Wicked Thought of the Day: Do a search on 'Google Wave' and 'disruptive' 
> and count the chickens.
> 
> That said, I actually think the analyses of why it went bust may be more 
> interesting and useful than the original product itself.
> 
> LEO
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> On 8/5/2010 8:44 AM, Thomas Bennett wrote:
>> I haven't really kept up with Wave but it has been available on our Google
>> Apps site for sometime now.  But I haven't heard anything about it being 
> a,
>> for lack of a better word, dropped project.  Did I miss something?
> 
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