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Waving Goodbye.

Buh-bye! Buh-bye!

It is too bad, we could arm chair quarterback it all kinds of ways, but thats how the web 2.0 chips fall.

My hunch is that in the spectrum of places we put our e-ttention, it was too far removed-- Wave-like activities maybe can/will flow into Gdocs? Gchat? or GNothing....


I thought it was pretty awesome that they killed it so quickly (perhaps because I work in a profession hesitant to kill services of even miniscule use...ever).

I hate to say it, but the other much ballyhooed technology that is not working out for me (for now) is the iPad. I know the tool (and tablet computing in general) is going to have great use in the future, but for now (for me), it is too close to an iPhone and not as capable as a laptop.

Matt Meyer

The announcement's timing is great because we just published our hot team white paper :) Wave's demise certainly made sense, just from the dynamic of our hot team; excited at first, then confused about how to make use of it and finally, arms-length involvement from the lack of 'conviction'. Even our paper concludes with something to the effect that Google may integrate pieces into other G-Apps. I think Google saw enough feedback to know what to do with the pivotal features. I'm sure they have something else coming down the road.

Cole Camplese

Matt, the same thing happened with me as I really started to use it. I was so excited by it ... and then I got to try and it and was more confused about where it would fit than anything else.

Ellysa, the iPad (unlike Wave) has found a home in my workflow. I use it as my home machine and leave my laptop at work all week. I take it to meetings and find it productive for shorter working sessions. Not a laptop replacement, but so much better for doing email, writing, responding, and consuming social media than my iPhone. But like anything else, that's just my perspective.

Alan, I do think we'll see Wave features emerge in GDocs down the road. The combination of real time collaboration and authoring would be a strong move forward.

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