Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 15th Oct 2009 20:18 UTC
Google "There are countless pundits and other tech gurus describing Google Wave as a disappointment, lately. Most of that seems to come from the fact that nobody seems to get what Wave is for. So they compare it to social media. Is Wave the next Twitter? Nope. Is it the next Facebook? Nope. Is it going to replace Instant Messengers? Possibly, in some circumstances, but not any time soon." Read more here.
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Comment by Beachchairs
by Beachchairs on Thu 15th Oct 2009 20:48 UTC
Beachchairs
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2009-04-10

From the release video here http://wave.google.com/help/wave/about.html#video they make it pretty clear that it isn't supposed to be a Facebook/Twitter/etc killer, but rather an email replacement.

In fact, he explicitly states it "is email if it was invented today."

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RE: Comment by Beachchairs
by MattV on Thu 15th Oct 2009 23:30 in reply to "Comment by Beachchairs"
MattV Member since:
2005-07-06

Unfortunately, this description has never been helpful. Wave doesn't replace email for all the various things that email is currently used for.

What this post clarifies, is that Wave does provide a superior replacement for 'email + shared document repository', for groups of people collaborating on document creation.

This isn't such a problem for programmers, where the email conversation is managed along with a shared version control system. It is a significant problem in the corporate world, however, where groups must work together to produce documents without the assistance of the VCS, and more of the history and contextual information must be borne by the email conversation.

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RE: Comment by Beachchairs
by Eddyspeeder on Fri 16th Oct 2009 22:24 in reply to "Comment by Beachchairs"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Since watching the extensive developer preview, I've explained it to other people as "a combination of IRC, Google Docs, and email".

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