Google Wave May 30, 2009Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Source, Social networks.
The Google Wave communication architecture makes a lot of sense: integrate all your interpersonal communications applications (currently served by Email, IM, Blogs, Wikis, Twitter, FriendFeed) into one application hosted in the cloud and every correspondant / commentator / friend becomes a “contributor” to a common collaborative application (see this overview if you don’t want to spend 80 minutes watching the painful video).
While it’s a fine idea whose time has no doubt come, it appears to me to be simply a natural evolution of Facebook with finer grained access-control rather than a truely revolutionary platform.
I’m guessing that Wave’s achilles heel might be the current ubiquity of good old fashioned store-and-forward e-mail. If Wave is going to succeed in supplanting e-mail, it’s going to have to co-exist with it somehow and provide an interface to SMTP …. which opens the door to spoofing and spam.
On the other hand, Google may be able to induce corporations and governments to throw away their piles of Microsoft Exchange servers and replace them with open-source Wave servers. Who knows, miracles sometimes happen.