Friday Poll: What would have saved Google Wave?

The tool, which got killed this week, was ambitious, and many liked where it seemed to be headed. What could Google have done to keep the Wave flowing.

Riding the Wave

What could Google have done to keep the Wave flowing?

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This week, Google surprised absolutely nobody everyone when it announced that it was pulling the plug on Google Wave , its collaboration tool that was billed "as if e-mail were invented today."

The tool, which debuted in June 2009, was ambitious, to be sure, and many--myself included--liked where Wave seemed to be headed. It just never got there. Or even close. Or anywhere really.

Google says it's going to keep Wave around, but stop supporting it (kind of like the kid I had with my first ex--JK, JK). Some think Wave failed because it wasn't tied to already existing Google tech, as Buzz is with Gmail. I think one of Wave's problems was its name: Wave is kinda cheesy, bringing to mind surfing movies of the early '90s, if anything.

So what could Google have done to ensure a more glorious future for the technology? I've come up with a few ideas, and I'd like your opinion, too.

About the author

    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.


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