If anyone has seen any of the details for Google wave, or perhaps were invited to the Beta, Googles cancellation of the project may not come as such a surprise. In a nutshell, Google wave was described as an e-mail/instant messaging system with a touch of collaboration. In fact most of the content for Google wave compared it alot with e-mail however, this is primarily where I believe problem lay.
Google wave improved on the E-mail de-facto that we still use today and had the potential to become email 2.0, except that you couldn’t e-mail (or add to your “Wave”) anyone who wasn’t on Google Wave. Don’t get me wrong, some of the features were really cool and the interface and base idea were great, but allowing wave to be compatible with standard e-mail systems I believe would have made it a hit. I’m not by any means suggesting that this would have been easy and I may be missing the whole point of what Wave was all about, but backwards compatibility with e-mail really would have helped Wave’s cause.
Who knows, I may get bored one rainy day and give it a try!
P.s. Please don’t make the same mistake with your social networking Google, your simply not going to get people to leave Facebook, so your better off integrating with it but adding Google goodness!