‘ Google Wave, Poorly Understood and Underused, Dies in Infancy ‘
Google Wave was announced to great fanfare at Google’s I/O 2009 conference. It sounded promising, a melange of new-world communication protocols–somewhere between an email and a chat room, but more real-time than either. Could this be Google’s killer social media app, overtaking Twitter and Facebook?
But the warning signs were evident from the start. Wave proved extremely difficult to explain. I found it impossible to describe what the service was in unambiguous terms. I found myself ignoring Wave in favor of traditional instant messaging and clearer, though less capable, media like Campfire chat. It required many suggestions on how to use it, and grew slowly.