Google recently announced the official demise of its real-time collaboration protocol, Wave. A well-received, even forward-thinking concept when it was first introduced more than a year ago, Wave was supposed to supplant e-mail and change online communications forever. Instead, the “very clever product” – as described by CEO Eric Schmidt – was a little too clever for the masses and, more than anything else, just confused
the heck out of everyone.
But there’s a high probability that we will see some of Wave’s features in future Google products, such as the social networking site that is rumored to be in development. If this project – Google Me – does in fact exist, history tells us it stands a better chance of becoming the next Wave rather than the next Facebook.
No wonder not much people asking my Google wave invitation that I offer years ago