GoogleWave :: Pros and Cons

Reviews from others:



  • “Because of the real-time nature of Wave, I quickly found that if I engaged in one wave (lower case) and gained replies in another, the other contact might feel that I had “left” that thread. Since I can’t yet be in two places at once, the real-time aspect was more like when you have multiple chat windows open in Google Chat or Facebook Chat than if you had more than one e-mail message. So staying on top of all active waves can be a tremendous challenge – one that practically promises to keep you embedded in the application until every single message is muted and all your contacts go do something else (which may never happen).”

Google Wave :: Tips and Tricks

Things to do when you get a Google Wave account:

  • first search command every Wave newbie needs to know: with:public, which returns a huge moving sea of public waves anyone can read and update.
  • onlyto:me is:unread: search shows waves that are directed only to you (no one else) and are unread.
  • creator:me -is:note: waves I have created and added other people to. This view is very similar to an email sent box.

It works on the iPhone (and Android):

  1. Go to in mobile Safari on your iPhone.
  2. Ignore the cya warning.
  3. Add to your Home screen.

Status of the bet :: Week 1

On May 28, 2009 Google announced Google Wave to the world.

On Wednesday, September 30 Google sent out more than 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave to:

  • Developers who have been active in the developer preview we started back in June
  • The first users who signed up and offered to give feedback on
  • Select business and university customers of Google Apps

Since every invite was able to invite 8 more people we can safely assume that Google allowed for 1 million users in the first week.

Present amount of users: 100.000+

Estimated time to go live: First half of 2010.


Spoiler: I don’t have a Google Wave account and thus can’t invite anybody.

Google Wave: The bet

It all started with a bet.

Will Google Wave in 5 years time reach a market penetration of 40%.

It’s my view that yes Google Wave is a future for the way we communicate digitally. But it will not be as ubiquitous as email is now. Yes it will be used by the digerati but for the general user I think it’s to demanding. Maybe I’m wrong and Google Wave will replace everyone’s email client.

Hopefully you can customize it in such a way that you can immerse yourself to exactly the level of interaction you will be happy with. Any which way. The bottle of champagne will still taste wonderful.


Microsoft country

Why is the Netherlands such a Microsoft country? Somebody tell me I’m wrong but compared to the US and Nordic countries it’s feels as if Microsoft is the only serious solution out there. Sometimes I even think that if the Netherlands would have set the tone for developments in IT:

  1. everybody would still be using WordPerfect 4.2
  2. there would never have been companies like Google, browsers like Firefox or operating  systems like Linux or social networks like Facebook.

If anybody has thoughts on why Microsoft is dominant in the IT mindset in this country do enlighten me. Maybe we Dutch prefer a ‘safe’ solution over adventure? Maybe it has to do with the size of the market. Whatever it is I know that Microsoft is not the solution to all IT issues.

What we miss is a market and a culture which awards taking risks. Which can show that there’s more then a Microsoft answer out there. And yes we need more certified engineers and companies who offer the support and expertise needed to make this happen.