Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why I Am Not Catching the Wave--Google Wave That Is

I didn’t know anything about Google Wave until my friend Greg Brown was eagerly singing its potential praises.  Then my children jumped on board.  Well, my son Marc and my daughter, Rei, did anyway.  I accepted the invite, invited a few others, and we were off and . . .

Nothing.  I am not sure what the hype is all about.  I have started several waves, all of which have proven to be dead in the water because nobody replies.  Why?

There is no wave to email interface.  In other words, when I start a wave nobody knows.  And when they reply to it I have no way of knowing unless I log into the site each and every day.

Now, they say that the interface is in the works.  In the meantime, here is what I have.

1)      I have one wave in which everyone I have listed as a contact is added.  I created it on 6 January and ten days later Greg finally noticed and responded.  (Not blaming Greg because without that interface he wouldn’t know there’s a new wave created.)  I responded a week later.  Then, for shits and giggles, I added to the wave each and every day to see if anyone would ever chime in.  I did that until 4 February at which point I gave up, bored with writing my own thoughts.  There are 8 people who have been added to this wave and no interaction in over a month.
2)      The second wave I have going is with my daughter and my son.  She started the wave because we wanted to discuss her illustrations for the chapbook.  I replied the same day she started it.  Over two weeks later, I replied again and added my son to the wave.  Just over a week later, I replied again.  So this one started on 6 January and went nowhere fast.
3)      The third wave was between me and my son congratulating him on his graduation.  I started it on 6 December.  He replied 9 December.  I replied 12 December.  And he hasn’t responded since.
4)      I also have two more waves that I started but went nowhere because nobody replied and I just deleted them. 

So what is the point?  I don’t know.  I had thought it would be an easy and fun way to collaborate (see wave #2 above) but it would be easier for me to just send my daughter an email and get a reply.  And faster. 

I don’t know that it is more efficient than chatting and/or emailing and I could obviously pick up the phone and call most of the people who are currently in any of the above waves which would be even faster than emailing. 

I don’t get it.  I didn’t really see a great deal of potential for it although I saw some and now I see none.  But every day I check in to see if there are any replies to any of my current waves.  I won’t start another; I don’t see any point to it.  If anyone who is in my wave contact list waves back at least I know I’ll reply within 24 hours.  In the meantime, the google wave hasn’t been caught and the ones I started are dead in the water and sinking. 

*sigh*

PS:  I found this article interesting:  http://chrislott.org/story/google-wave-hype-or-hope/

PPS:  I found this download that works as a wave notifier which I will download as soon as I know anyone else in my wave accounts has done so.  No point in downloading it if nobody else is trying to make wave useful.

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