So it’s so long Google Wave. I was lucky enough to see a presentation by the user interface designer and understand some of their design decisions. Not only did they put a lot of effort into the user experience, the technology behind the real-time, synchronous editing was particularly innovative. I feel sorry for the team who achieved so much, but I’m sure we’ll still see parts of Google Wave appear in other projects. In the meantime, here’s a parting song.
Video URL (with captions): www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwKaScNbWIc
For your downloading pleasure, here are the video and audio–only files.
- Video (WebM): Goodbye-Google-Wave.webm (8.4 MB)
- Audio (Ogg): Goodbye-Google-Wave.ogg (1.1 MB)
License is Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported. If you need a media player, I recommend VLC.
Goodbye Google Wave
Though we hardly used you at all
You had such potential
To change the way we talk
We begged for invites and Tweeted
“Ooh, shiny shiny!” and seconds later…
“Now how does this thing work?”
And it seems to me, you lived your life
Like an Apple Newton
A great idea, whose time hadn’t come
You’ve still got fans who say that Wave rocks
But I guess the world just doesn’t need
One more inbox
I guess the world can carry on
With one less inbox