Google Wave is garnering lots of attention in the blogosphere, but does the world really need it to replace e-mail, instant messaging, blogs and wikis? Blogger Anil Dash says users are by and large content with such solutions, but some readers disagree. Gartner analyst Ray Valdes weighs in on Wave for the Web and for the enterprise market.
Are you fed up enough with modern e-mail, instant
messaging, blogs and wikis to use a product such as Google Wave, which rolls all
of this functionality together? You might think you are, but pay attention
first. Wave has learning curves for programmers and end users.
is a communication and collaboration platform that
rolls e-mail, instant messaging, blog and wiki functionality together and
functions in real time. With Wave, users can co-edit a document or file right
from their computers without even being in the same room with their
Wave has the potential
to take enterprise collaboration to the
next level, and Google is in the process of open sourcing the many components
of Wave for programmers to build applications.
Anil Dash, the high-profile blogger who called Wave to task
Aug. 7 for being too hard for programmers to
learn and implement in a reasonable amount of time, also suggested people
aren't looking to replace e-mail, instant messaging, blogs and wikis.
Dash, also a vice president at blogging software
maker Six Apart, wrote
: "Those tools all work great for their intended
purposes, and whatever technology augments them will likely offer a different
combination of persistence and immediacy than those systems. Right now, Wave
evokes all of them without being its own distinctive thing. Which means it's
most useful in providing reference implementations of particular new
This calls into question whether the world is ready
for Wave, which is in developer preview to some 10,000 users and will be rolled out
to 100,000 users for testing among the general public
Some readers disagreed that people aren't tired
enough of modern tools to replace them with something such as Wave: "I
must differ, I'm sick of e-mail and instant messaging right now (I usually use
Facebook to communicate with friends). I think Wave will fix that," wrote
Hugh in the comments for Dash's post.
Responding to the eWEEK article on Dash's Wave
post, Ian Hendry said
, "[If] e-mail had been invented today it would
look nothing like the way it does currently, based on fat clients, offline
workings and the like. So Wave shows promise. Especially when you factor in the
number of steps and separate applications you need to use to get the same
things done currently."