I’ve had access to Google Wave for awhile now, receiving an invite a couple of weeks after it launched. I’ve kinda held back on making any comments for awhile, figuring that things with the service seemed to be starting slow and that the genius of the service would gradually show itself. I found that with Twitter. Initially I just didn’t get it. Over time I watched things evolve and eventually found reasons why the service was right for me. All I can say is that Google Wave hasn’t reached this point for me.
What Google is trying to do with this service is remedy some of the larger issues that are inherent with email. Here’s a good explanation of the issues Google Wave solves. This video also visualizes what they are trying to achieve as well.
The biggest problem I find is that Google Wave is pretty much an island onto its own at this point. The only way I interact with Wave is by going to wave.google.com, which from my point of view sucks. Pretty much every service I use on a daily basis has a way of breaking out its website constraints. I have Twitter clients on pretty much every platform, I have notifications when a message is sent to my Gmail account. I get notified if someone comments on a status update from Facebook. Sure these things are probably coming to Google Wave through future API uses, but the fact they want people to start using this as a communication tool, yet there is no external way to interface with this service seems pretty silly. The web these days is all about cross pollinating one service with another.
The whole thing with this service is that I can see where they are going with it, they just aren’t there yet. I think in the ideal world this becomes Gmail instead of being its own separate service. Essentially this is Google trying to reinvent the wheel. It’s just going to take people a long time to get their heads around the concept, at least in its current iteration.
With all that said, who wants some Google Wave invites? Leave a comment below or email at the address in the sidebar and I’ll hook you up.