Google Declines to Rise to the Wave Bait
eWEEK brought the post to Google's attention Aug.10, looking for comment from Wave creators Lars Rasmussen and Jens Rasmussen, who built the platform in secret in their home country of Australia before unveiling it to a room filled with applause at Google I/O in May. However, Google declined to challenge Dash's points. That didn't stop some of Dash's readers from rushing to Google's defense. Rlane32 wrote:Filobuster chimed in:
Are you seriously saying that Google Wave is going to fail because it is going to be too hard to re-implement? They have already released their protocol implementation as open source. So, the open source community should be able to modify it, clone it, and fork it however they want. They also have a free open source implementation that Google uses as a way to test for interoperability. Google Wave's protocols aren't that terribly difficult. xmpp.org, for instance, lists 24 different server implementations and there are *hundreds* of clients. In comparison to protocols like LDAP, Kerberos, TLS, etc. the protocols Google is using for this aren't even close to difficult.
I hope that Wave succeeds, because I love to see ambition and innovation rewarded. But I think it's mostly likely that Wave's success will be in inspiring people to create similarly compelling experiences by adding incremental enhancements to their existing sites. That's how the Web's always advanced in the past.eWEEK believes Google has too much riding on Wave for it not to succeed, if only as a series of augmentations to Google Apps. Read more about this topic on TechMeme here.