“What The Bloggers Think Of Wave”

“There will always be two questions on something; is it good or bad? Opposite attracts as some people say it but the question always is: which is better?”

The internet world has been talking about the next big thing in the digital world since the start of its introduction to developers worldwide. What else would that be but Google Wave. The news about its  first appearance to public were spread in seconds and many people felt the excitement to experience the newest way of real-time communication. Some said it is big, some said no, but will google wave become the next thing to replace traditional email? Who knows until everybody has got the feel of it.

In line with all of these, blogs, websites, forums, and even time magazine has spread the words about Google Wave. News have been coming in and out of the picture and in this post, thoughts from some individuals will be read.

The IT Pro has given a four-page long review about Google Wave (GW). It included the idea that initially; the service offered by GW may seem a bit confusing, just as some doubted it is a replacement for any traditional email. However, IT pro has concluded that GW can provide great benefits to businesses. “It is easy to see how appealing the Google Wave can be, especially for those who work on projects with multiple people at different locations.”

Robert Scoble, a celebrity blogger on the other hand is somewhat more skeptical. He wrote at scobleizer.com that the services are “vastly over-hyped, and as people start using it, they will realize that it brings the worst of email and IM together: unproductive (uproduktivitet). “ Scoble pointed out that it is totally confusing to see a number of people write to a real time page,  he told new Wave users to add only their closest friends as contacts. He explains, “I do not know where I should start with, and keeping up with this real-time noise is not much like e-mail, which is like tennis (strike a ball at a time), but it is more like trying to dodge tennis balls from a machine gun.”

Another blogger named Adam Turner may not also have some positive notes about Google Wave. He wrote that he has already IM, email and Google Docs and having  Google Wave may be difficult to fit into the picture. He included: “This is the classic example of a solution looking for a problem. This does not mean that it (the service ed.) are worthless, or that I dislike it, but it’s just because it will take time for people to get around the Wave on Google and find out the best way to spend it on among other things.”

The beta tester Sean Lew’s experience with Google Wave was “refreshing”, but he doubts that all the cool features is not enough to make the Wave a hit. He said: “Google is perhaps big and powerful, but I am not convinced that it is strong enough to change the traditional e-mail.” On the other hand, Zmogo blogger writes that although the wave may not be as impressive at the moment, particularly because of the limited number of users, Google Wave can still be the next big hit. Louis Gray, another blogger has also pointed out that the potentials are certainly there, although it also must turn to the new way of communication. “Wave is a very interesting platform, and I would bet that after the first wave of curiosity, will the normal form of conversations and information exchanges take over, so this first ‘point’ is perhaps the exception rather than the rule,” writes he.

The CTO and Co-Founder of Woobius who is Daniel Tenner has also given his ideas about Google Wave in his post about What Problem does Google Wave Solve? He said; “Many experts and tech gurus had described Google Wave as a disappointment. They end up comparing it as social media since they didn’t seem to know what Wave is actually for. Google  wave is not the next Twitter nor the next facebook but possibly change Instant Messengers in some circumstances in the near future.”

The release of Google Wave to developers and other social media experts first is partly Google’s error since Wave is not mainly designed for them but for the world of business and corparation as a tool to solve work problems. Google Calls it an “online tool for real-time communication and collaboration”. Well, Daniel Tenner’s team at Woobius at first glance saw Google Wave as an awesome tool to get rid with the email problems at their work. And what are the email problems that google wave can solve? Tenner explained that the main problem is the “spams” that are caused by unnecessary signing up to many services (Google Docs, Etherpad, Skitch, screen sharing tools, or any number of collaborative whiteboard applications) that resulted to automated notifications and etc. Google Wave has resolved certain email issues such as “collaborating on a piece of text”, “adding new people to the conversation”, “keeping added people added”, “attaching Files over 10MB”, “lost attachments”, “multiple conversation branches”, “correcting small glitches in typos”, and “email-like platform turning into IM-like platform” (and vice-versa). Tenner has then concluded that Google Wave was basically created for corporate environment as a tool in getting things done easy and without mistakes. And as far as those go, it’s an excellent tool, even at this very early stage.

These are just few comments and news about Google’s Masterpiece –“Wave”. Well, many might have different opinions about Google Wave but what we can hope for is that, developers who first tried it can identify different areas of improvement so that Google Wave will manifest more benefits and will solve more problems in today’s digital world of communication.

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Daniel Graversen

Founder of masteringwave.com and SAP Integration consultant at figaf.com

2 thoughts on ““What The Bloggers Think Of Wave””

  1. Interesting question: what problem does Google Wave solve? Well the question is: How can web 2.0 really work for business. The answer: Google Wave.
    That is simplifying a whole lot, I know. But, until folks stop thinking about Google Wave as a social media tool they will continue to not understand how powerful this can be for business.

  2. Does it have to one or the other.
    Facebook could probably also solve problems for both enterprises (if some things was released differet) and the social networking. I doubt that many enterprises would use fasebook for solving business needs.

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