Google Wave is one of the most hyped(especially by bloggers and twitters) technology of this year. Google couple of days ago opened up the public preview program by giving invites to 1,00,000 users. I applied for the preview program and waiting to get an invite to have hands on.
The Pundits and Geeks who experienced the Google Wave have mixed feelings.
Robert Scoble, the noted geek and high profile technology blogger, had a hands on with Google Wave. He posted his experiences in an article “Google Wave crashes on beach of overhype” and says:
I just got my Google Wave invite. No, I’m already out, so I can’t send one to you, sorry. But this service is way overhyped and as people start to use it they will realize it brings the worst of email and IM together: unproductivity.
See, the first thing you notice is that you can see people chatting live in Google Wave. That’s really cool if you are working on something together, like a spreadsheet or a Word document.
But it’s a productivity sink if you are trying to just communicate with other people. It also ignores the productivity gains that we’ve gotten from RSS feeds, Twitter, and FriendFeed.
Robert Scoble is not the only person who is upset with Google Wave. Steve Ruble, another well known technology blogger says “it[Google Wave] does create more problems than it solves” in one of his blog posts
..I keep asking myself is this: what problem does it solve? In many ways it’s overly complex. In fact it’s too complex for the era of the Attention Crash where all of us, especially knowledge workers, are crying for simplicity.
As the pundits are saying, may be in its current form Google Wave looks too complex. But with the help of extensions and other future developments, lets hope Google Wave is going to be the next GMail.