The End of Google Wave!

I can’t believe Google is discontinuing Google Wave. They claim people weren’t using it and didn’t know what to do with it. I’ll tell you what…it is really a pretty good work and team coordination tool. We use(d) it all the time to post and edit to do’s, issues, status updates for a small team of consultants working on projects together.
It wasn’t perfect. The worst thing was that you couldn’t edit using an iPhone…you could append new information but you couldn’t add a comment right where it belonged or delete or strikethrough something that you completed. (Apparently, this is hard to do technically…I have the same problem with Evernote.)
But Google is saying that everyone is using Buzz instead. To me, that is like saying you don’t need email because everyone is on Facebook now. Sure there are some similar functions but Buzz is one of those annoying, primarily play-baby, time-wasting, teen or under-employed person thing that assumes we all have nothing better to do than let strangers and acquaintances know which starbucks or jamba juice we happening to be hanging out at.
Yahoo seems to be pursuing a similar strategy — they are all lurching after the social media bandwagon. Honestly, I don’t see a whole lot of difference between Twitter and CB radio in the 70’s. The big internet/computer companies, Google, Yahoo, and even Apple are too easily lured by the mass market. I liked it better when they led the market and, instead of giving us novelty apps, gave us really useful things like word-processing, email, databases…hmmm…guess I shouldn’t complain about Microsoft. Maybe the worst part is that, since it is a free service, I don’t really even have grounds to complain.

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