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November 29, 2009

Roesevelt David FulkersonI keep getting invited to Google Wave even though I’ve had an account for months. It seems others are inviting me with different email addresses than the one I have registered with Wave. I can’t add my other emails though and Wave is disconnected even from my Google profile. 😦 Lame.

I have been asked many times for my thoughts on Google Wave. Here are just a couple:

  • IRC moved up stack. Google Wave is essentially no different from what we’ve been doing with IRC and TKL bots for a very very long time. This doesn’t diminish it. To the contrary.
  • Google Wave is crappy email. Because there is hardly anyone using it.
  • Google Wave is crappy instant messaging. See the last point. Also, it doesn’t notify users of a message other than through the web interface, which I rarely log into.

As Jevon wrote to me, in a Wave, “if [Google Wave] had email notifications it would be more useful”. Oh the irony.

Don’t get me wrong. Google Wave is interesting. Primarily because of the underlying protocol and architecture. I am certain that if Google throws enough money at Wave, and I suspect they will, they will develop it into an important and useful technology.

Ping me with your email address if you want a Google Wave invite. If you’re already on Wave feel free to add me. I am AaronRoe At GoogleWave Dot com

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3 Comments
  1. Bob Denny permalink

    If you’re running Windows, see this

    http://wavenotifier.dantup.me.uk/

    It is perfect for notifying of new info in your Wave account.

  2. Steven Walling permalink

    You actually can add email notifications to a Wave with a bot.

  3. I couldn’t agree more Aaron. These are the main issues with the product now. Instead of an email ping, they need to have a desktop and/or mobile ping. Less email is a good thing.

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