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Google Wave Introduces Extensions

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Google Wave Introduces Extensions

In a desperate attempt to avoid sliding into irrelevance Google has boosted Wave with the launch of extensions.

Now showing up in the navigation panel, it works much like the Labs feature common across Gmail, Docs and the like and makes a neat depository for developers working with the Wave API.

Obviously enough, these extensions show up as Waves with the content of the wave providing information about the extension and an install button. Most Wave extensions are fairly basic so far with simple games and organisational tools the mainstay, but there aren't many since the 10+ that were rolled out by Google in February and none which really strike me as game changing.

Consequently I'd say Google needs to bite the bullet and integrate Wave into Gmail before it becomes truly irrelevant. There are interesting technologies in Wave such as real time communication, conference style collaboration and the ability to 'Playback' Waves if you join them late, but at the end of the day it is one more unnecessary inbox to check. I hadn't checked mine since mid-January, and I haven't heard anyone discuss it in tech press circles since then.

So Google, see sense before it becomes another knol and realise this simple fact: in its current incarnation no-one has time for it...


via Google Wave Developer Blog

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March 15, 2010, 4:59 pm

I thought they'd forgotten about it and started working on Buzz instead...


March 15, 2010, 6:08 pm

They should forget about Buzz too. It's never going to take off.


March 16, 2010, 1:27 am

What ever happened to Rosy real time translalation tool? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Language is a great divider of nations.


March 16, 2010, 3:33 am

I sent out 8 invitation for Wave and not one person took me up on it. When I asked why the said 1)It sounds complicated, 2)Why bother when we've got email. I think it's a brilliant solution for a group of friends to have one threaded conversation but I just can't convince anyone to try it. Intergrating it into gmail would be grate but I can't convince anyone to switch to Gmail either. Oh well...

PS Buzz is an utter act of desparation and let's hope it dies the Wave death soon.

Daniel Gerson

March 16, 2010, 4:06 am

I actually hope that Google don't give up on Wave, because it has the potential to be a game changer. I think Gordon is right, that it will only be useful if they bite the bullet and accept that they need to make it subsume gmail. However, I think it's a little unfair to its creators to say that as a toss-away comment. Making Wave integrate with foreign legacy email systems may take as much work as it took to make Wave itself. Or maybe Gordon just means to integrate the UI in gmail but keep it separate??

For people that say that they should just give up, it shows a complete lack of insight.

That would be like telling MS to give up at Office 1.0 because Lotus123 and WordStar were better, or give up at Explorer 3.0 because Netscape was still better (it was at the time). Or listen to Games developers and give up on DirectX because Game developers can write better bespoke drivers for their games, which they could in the beginning.


March 16, 2010, 5:59 am

@DMG - agreed and I'd like its functionality integrated into Gmail. Whether it stays separate or not inside Gmail is a matter for the developers, but what we need to stop is having yet another additional inbox to check.

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