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Death of a dream, at its infancy!

A new dream was born, in second half of 2009; a dream of new horizons in collaboration! It was born as Google Wave, amidst a lot of fanfare. Much was written about its virtues but unfortunately, Google Wave as a product is now slated for a mercy killing. Is this not too early?

What went wrong? It has more to do with business reasoning than social or technical.

As I had observed earlier, there is more to success in the market than just realization of need and a good product. Critical mass, financial muscle, marketing push, competition and many other factors too play a major role. In the final analysis, I tend to agree with ReadWriteWeb. It was accessible to too few people and fewer could see the context and need; a product being denied of its oxygen

Use of Google Wave integrated with other software and services still remain a possibility. I am glad to see the promise of code and protocol being available in open source, especially given that much of goodies in the presented software world are nurtured by open source community

So I hope as Google Wave as a product is buried its grave, its spirit resurrects itself to become part of every collaborative software

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August 6, 2010 Posted by | Collaboration, Google, Google Wave, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

GoogleWave: Access Control

While I was pretty happy about collaborative capabilities of Google Wave, I was apprehensive of free-for-all approach that it started with. That is, any one can do anything with a wave that he/she is participating.

From what I see in Google Wave, it looks like Google has been working on it, and has come out with some solution; not enough but fine as a beginning

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Collaboration, Google Wave, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Google Wave: Dead or Alive?

Hype helps sometimes but, at times, it kills as well.

I was surprised by the haste in which obituary for innovative service like Google Wave were writen. Was it SEO back hat at work, or result of tunnel vision? Fortunately, it seems that Google Wave has outlived going by quality and quantity of waves

Some of the waves that I find interesting are:
1. Game design and development
2. Cloud computing
3. Emergency management CSA Z1600
4. Emergency management NPFA 1600
5. Singularity
6. Wave on marketing innovation
7. Wave for members of Google Wave Interest group in Linked in
8. Edge Theory
9. Design bookmarks
10. Wave for project management and mind mapping
11. Use of Google Wave in classroom
12. Cosmology and Philosophy
13. Are people basically good, evil or neutral
………………………… many more that I am yet to get into
14. A philosopher’s mind
15. Why is it that when we learn Philosophy we start with ancient texts?

I believe, future of Google Wave having gathered so much momentum during within less than a year after first beta release should be good. Looking ahead, I am foresee possibilities of not just using Google Wave in isolation but rather integrating with other collaborative software and services as web evolve into a social platform

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Collaboration, Google Wave, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Google Wave: A new paradigm in collaboration

An interesting observation on Google Wave adoption Google Wave Invites, the new zucchini . I too share author’s view that Google Wave is all about communication. I look forward to see that it catches on, and I hope that communication and collaboration tools of our times evolve in similar lines

Let me share an experience from the past.

I grew up in a remote town in a developing country (that is, India). Our life there was a lot different from the world we live in.

Fuel used at home during my early childhood days was wood and kerosene. I remember that Liquid Petroleum Gas was getting to be in popular use, during my school days. One of my cousins happened to be one of the early users to get the gas connection (gas connection being issued by a Government agency).
Interesting twist to the story is that they surrendered the connection back finding it to be more of nuisance.

More than tool, its application is important. A tool helps when we understand its strength and apply the tool for a purpose leveraging its strength. What I find interesting about Google Wave is that it renders itself to human thought process and dynamics of group discussion, both of which are typically non-linear. It should help when used in group processes; not necessarily a replacement of email and IM

Success depends on adoption and large scale application, ensuring critical mass. Has it come ahead of time? Not necessarily. I hope people appreciate the strength of Google Wave, in its own right, beyond the hype. It is a new kind of communication/collaboration tool that we have seen so far

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Collaboration, Google Wave, Uncategorized, User Experience, UX | Leave a comment

Google Wave

Is Google Wave a flop? I do not think so!

I have received an invite for Google Wave. Just started playing around with it. I am very much impressed with Google Wave.

What interests me is that the paradigm shift in communication; pretty much close to typical discussion. Discussions, in general, are not linear. It aligns very closely with human thought process and group activities like discussion. A good discussion, though would be centered on a topic, would also cover variety of related topics as well

Will it replace current forms like emails and IMs? It may not. Just as emails have not removed regular mail service.

Applications? Plenty. I would use it to record my own thought process and learning. I would also use it in any group activity, including software development.

Will it be a success? Well, there is more to success in the market than just realization of need and a good product. Critical mass, financial muscle, marketing push, competition and many other factors too play a major role

I am waiting for getting all my contacts into Google Wave. At this point, I am constrained by the number of invites that I can send

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Google Wave, Natural User Interface, Software architecture, software engineering, User Experience | Leave a comment