It seems like everyone is waiting for their Google Wave invite. But once they do get it they don’t know what to do with it. Wave invites are collectors items for the tech savvy.
Twitter had a similar problem a few years ago before it evolved into what we know it is today. Lots of people were talking about it, but the masses really didn’t need or care for it. I hope that Wave can grapple some of these issues so it can really become a useful tool.
1) Exclusivity. Who’s on Google Wave? No one. You only get about 10 invites to create your network. Really? And you can only connect with people who use Gmail? That is limiting and frustrating. I get that Google is cross promoting their other products. But what about business colleagues? Opening yet another email account doesn’t streamline organization, it muddies it. I now have 5 or 6 email accounts to manage and it’s overwhelming.
2) Purpose. Sure, I watched the videos. But the content doesn’t show anything practical. Show what people are doing or post case studies or endorsements. Twitter got flack for what is was trying to be and not what it was really being used for – it would be great to see the difference between those two aspects of Google Wave.
3) Integration. I have a huge network on Twitter, Facebook, AIM and my other email address books. All of them let me connect with anyone I know. I want to connect with those contacts in this medium.
The more I use it the more it should define itself. But for now Google Wave is just something I log into every now and then to see a blank canvas.