Google drops Wave

BBC News reports that Google is dropping Google wave due to lack of users. Wave combined e-mail, instant messaging and the ability to collaborate on documents in real-time and was described as "how e-mail would look if it were invented today". Its a big surprise for a product that looked like a game changer and just like mobile picture messaging serves as a reminder of the risks of getting too far ahead of your market.

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According to Google chief executive Eric Schmidt:

"It's a very clever product. You never know why it didn't work. Our policy is we try things. Remember we celebrate our failure. This is a company where it is okay to try something that is very hard and not have it be successful."

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Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities, virtual teams and management simulation and has published two landmark books:

Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Best Designs

The Networked Enterprise: Competing for the future through Virtual Enterprise Networks

Ken writes the highly popular bioteams blog which has over 600 articles on all aspects of bioteams (aka organizational biomimicry) - in other words how human groups can learn from nature's best teams.

Ken is also founder of an exciting European technology company Swarmteams which provides unique patent-pending bioteaming technologies for all shapes and sizes of groups, social networks, business clusters, virtual/mobile communities and enterprises. Swarmteams enables groups to be more responsive and agile by fully integrating their mobile phones and the web with bioteam working techniques.

The latest Swarmteams implementation is SwarmTribes which helps social object owners (e.g. musicians/bands, sports teams, film-makers) and good cause sponsors (e.g. Volunteering, Environmental, Public Health) to form unique collaborations with their fans/supporters for mutual benefit.

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I was using Google Wave with lawyers during our OBA international phone conferences. Everyone liked it. But few knew what it was before we invited them to the wave. It worked for us.

I believe Google said it will absorb the technology into other apps. I look forward to this in the near future. Frankly. I'm tired of paying for expensive apps/technology solutions that are mediocre. Google, at least, creates above average to great apps for free!

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Thanks Jorge. I agree. Google provides not just free apps but robust, innovative, high quality ones. The more I explore the complete google product set the more impressed I am in terms of its depth and quality (thats one of the things that inspired me to create the blog - blogger, google alerts, analytics, webmaster tools....)

I am sure wave will come back in some new shape or form


Waves is lost for the moment but the same usuable technology is still there.

Shareflow provides great usability (but at a price)


Etherpad - that was/is the greatest online collaboration toool and which google took over to integrate the technology into waves is open source, and whilst etherpad is not supported, the open source closnes are there and supported. The best of these is (sign up for teams)

Etherpad technology is an ABSOLUTE indispensible product. Lets hope Google brings it back in another form/product now Waves is on ice.


many Thanks alec - excellent contrribution - ken

Google wave is really a good tool for collaboration but I am also using proof hub for manage and collaborate my work. It’s really a good package for working and easy to use.


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