I’ve seen the future and it isn’t Wave shaped. Some time back I postulated the opposite. I was wowed by Google’s Wave concept and I thought the future was to be Wave shaped. It was the big break through we all needed wasn’t it and powered by Google… well it couldn’t fail… could it?
Well yes it has. There’s a piece here that explains why.
Very sad. What it does teach us is all that glisters is not gold, and even the mighty Google (let alone me) can get it wrong, but the main thing it teaches is “the user is never wrong”.
Just because you can do something, technically, that is, doesn’t mean to say the people will use it. The “build it and they will come” mentality doesn’t always work, spectacular though it is when it does. So, even though the geeks loved it…well, it’s gone.
Is collaboration out of the window too? Wave was, afterall, founded on the concept of collaboration. Are people really interested in collaboration? Do they want to remain insular just using social networking tools to peek out from under their duvets and chatter meaninglessly? “I’ve just woken up”, “Lunch was nice”, “have you seen this LOL” and all that sort of inane gibberish ( and yes I do it too) sloshing around in Social Networking sites.
Doesn’t the idea of collaborating on a project with your fellow workers or campaigners or even friends entice you at all? Obviously not if the collapse of Goggles Wave is anything to go by.
So is collaboration useful, a much hyped ‘must have’ or is it simply a lame duck?
I would be interested in your thoughts.