Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable (a popular blog about social media), makes the argument in this post that Google Wave is a failed “social collaboration tool”.
Well, Google Wave was technically very advanced, but most people didn’t know how to use it or didn’t want to take the time to learn. Without adoption by the masses, Google pulled the plug on it. But why is Pete calling it a “social collaboration tool?” It is/was a collaboration tool, and a good one at that (once you figured out how to use it). It was never intended to be a social tool, or a social network, nor to compete with Facebook, so although Pete makes many good points in this article about many of Google projects, I’m scratching my head on the “social” label being attributed to Wave… but maybe it’s just me?
See related post “Am I the only one Sad to see Google Wave Die?”