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Wave Goodbye: A Lesson in Innovation and Failure

Only a year ago, finding a Google Wave invite in your inbox was a much coveted techie win. When I received mine, it was a little bit like Nerd Christmas had finally arrived. Breathlessly opening the email, I clicked on the link taking me to my shiny new social networking toy, ready to learn all its wonders. An hour later, I was still confused and, frankly, a bit bored.


What was Google Wave exactly? I’m not sure. Sort of a social network-collaboration tool-instant messenger-news feed on speed, I think. For its advocates, Wave’s strength was this lack of definition. For the rest of us, this wishy-washy concept was its greatest weakness. And, because of this general lack of understanding, Google Wave has been put to out to pasture.