Google Wave is Dead

Google Wave, the revolutionary product, platform and protocol for distributed, real time, app-augmented collaboration will no longer be actively developed and may be shuttered after the end of the year, Google announced this afternoon.

Why did Wave fail? Maybe because if you don’t call it an “email-killer” (and you shouldn’t) then you’d have to call it a “product, platform and protocol for distributed, real time, app-augmented collaboration.” That’s daunting and proved accessible to too few people. Still, with a rumored 100 Google engineers working on Wave to date, a call from Google for more engineering collaboration less than a month ago, and such high hopes – it’s a bit of a shock to see it come to an end.

At least it had something going for it. From the parody site EasierToUnderstandThanWave.com

When Wave launched, respected enterprise analyst Stephen O’Grady wrote a long post answering questions about the product. ” If Google Wave is successful,” he wrote, “it will mean that Google will be the vendor defining the next generation experience for millions, potentially tens of millions of users, worldwide. Next to that prospect, the threat of Google Apps is but a trifle.”

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Google Wave, the revolutionary product, platform and protocol for distributed, real time, app-augmented collaboration will no longer be actively developed and may be shuttered after the end of the year, Google announced this afternoon.

Why did Wave fail? Maybe because if you don’t call it an “email-killer” (and you shouldn’t) then you’d have to call it a “product, platform and protocol for distributed, real time, app-augmented collaboration.” That’s daunting and proved accessible to too few people. Still, with a rumored 100 Google engineers working on Wave to date, a call from Google for more engineering collaboration less than a month ago, and such high hopes – it’s a bit of a shock to see it come to an end.

At least it had something going for it. From the parody site EasierToUnderstandThanWave.com

When Wave launched, respected enterprise analyst Stephen O’Grady wrote a long post answering questions about the product. ” If Google Wave is successful,” he wrote, “it will mean that Google will be the vendor defining the next generation experience for millions, potentially tens of millions of users, worldwide. Next to that prospect, the threat of Google Apps is but a trifle.” Leer más “Google Wave is Dead”

Innovation Horizons

In the book Innovation Tournaments (link), Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, introduce the concept of innovation horizons. I have found their three horizons very helpful in thinking about the management of innovation.

What struck me in thinking about this chart is that developing innovations for each horizon requires different approaches and that most companies co-mingle all three types in a single innovation organization. This may explain why many organizations are not satisfied with the results of their innovation activities, as they are confusing their goals and their approaches to innovation. I believe that different, and perhaps independent, approaches are needed to create innovations for each Horizon.

Horizon 1 Innovations. These types of innovations are incremental by definition. The vast majority of innovation projects fall into this category. This is not surprising since if you ask 100 of your current customers, “How can we improve our product?” probably 90 of them will answer by saying, “Make it better, faster or cheaper.” There is nothing inherently wrong in pursuing Horizon 1 innovations, since they are exactly the types of innovation which will make your current customers most happy. They are also the most achievable ones. Companies need to consider how to best identify and implement Horizon 1 innovations.


by Sheldon Laube | Innovation Office, PwC

In the book Innovation Tournaments (link), Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, introduce the concept of innovation horizons.  I have found their three horizons very helpful in thinking about the management of innovation.

What struck me in thinking about this chart is that developing innovations for each horizon requires different approaches and that most companies co-mingle all three types in a single innovation organization.  This may explain why many organizations are not satisfied with the results of their innovation activities, as they are confusing their goals and their approaches to innovation.  I believe that different, and perhaps independent, approaches are needed to create innovations for each Horizon.

Horizon 1 Innovations. These types of innovations are incremental by definition.  The vast majority of innovation projects fall into this category.  This is not surprising since if you ask 100 of your current customers, “How can we improve our product?” probably 90 of them will answer by saying, “Make it better, faster or cheaper.”  There is nothing inherently wrong in pursuing Horizon 1 innovations, since they are exactly the types of innovation which will make your current customers most happy.  They are also the most achievable ones.  Companies need to consider how to best identify and implement Horizon 1 innovations. Leer más “Innovation Horizons”

What Kind of Freelancer are You?

* Jason Finnerty

How many times have you heard the old fable, the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. Right….

From what I’ve read here on FreelanceSwitch, it seems like most freelancers are hares – but they are frequently running more than one race at a time. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in this camp, and I know that this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Whether my deadline is tomorrow or next Tuesday, I find a way to hit it, and sometimes I think it might be the panic factor that promotes the creativity. [Más…]

But I doubt that this is the only way. I’m sure it’s not the best way.

Kristen has shared a few tips here on how the clients can get quality results on rush projects, and Joel posted a poll to find out how the readers on FSw handle their deadlines.

What I would like to know is, what works best for you – slow and steady, one client at a time, or fast and furious, racing to the deadline? What tools do you use to keep yourself on track, without worrying about your ever-escalating blood pressure?


How many times have you heard the old fable, the tortoise and the hare?  Slow and steady wins the race.  Right….

From what I’ve read here on FreelanceSwitch, it seems like most freelancers are hares – but they are frequently running more than one race at a time.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m in this camp, and I know that this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Whether my deadline is tomorrow or next Tuesday, I find a way to hit it, and sometimes I think it might be the panic factor that promotes the creativity. Leer más “What Kind of Freelancer are You?”

11 steps to marketing nirvana

by ian

In the event of my horrible messy stinky death, please read this:

Today, I may get flushed down a toilet, then plunge 30,000 feet to my death. I’m not crazy, I tell you. See, I suspect that the Brotherhood of Magical Tea Party Activists is after me. I know they’re annoyed that I’ve actually read the Constitution before gum-flapping. So they sacrificed something small and furry, said the right evil chant and put a curse on me. Read on and you’ll see it’s totally plausible:

Yesterday I got stung by a bunch of extremely pissed-off ground wasps. I was pulling weeds, heard a lot of buzzing, and then “Ow… Ow… OW… HEY AUGHHHH.” I ran inside, flapping my arms around me like I was dancing in a rock tumbler.

ground-wasp.jpg

The day before I cracked one of my teeth so badly I had to go to an emergency dental clinic, and now have to get a root canal plus gum surgery to even make the tooth good enough for a crown. Previously over 15 years of perfect dental health, by the way. What was I eating? A sub sandwich, with no hard stuff in it. Apparently grilled cheese causes my teeth to spontaneously explode.

The day before that, I was recovering from a brief but nasty case of food poisoning. I don’t have a cast-iron stomach, but I think the last time I got food poisoning was 26 years ago, after eating shwarma in a town square in Jerusalem on a hot day. No one else at the conference got food poisoning, as far as I know. I ate the one piece of bad meat?


by ian

In the event of my horrible messy stinky death, please read this:

Today, I may get flushed down a toilet, then plunge 30,000 feet to my death. I’m not crazy, I tell you. See, I suspect that the Brotherhood of Magical Tea Party Activists is after me. I know they’re annoyed that I’ve actually read the Constitution before gum-flapping. So they sacrificed something small and furry, said the right evil chant and put a curse on me. Read on and you’ll see it’s totally plausible:

Yesterday I got stung by a bunch of extremely pissed-off ground wasps. I was pulling weeds, heard a lot of buzzing, and then “Ow… Ow… OW… HEY AUGHHHH.” I ran inside, flapping my arms around me like I was dancing in a rock tumbler.

ground-wasp.jpg

The day before I cracked one of my teeth so badly I had to go to an emergency dental clinic, and now have to get a root canal plus gum surgery to even make the tooth good enough for a crown. Previously over 15 years of perfect dental health, by the way. What was I eating? A sub sandwich, with no hard stuff in it. Apparently grilled cheese causes my teeth to spontaneously explode.

The day before that, I was recovering from a brief but nasty case of food poisoning. I don’t have a cast-iron stomach, but I think the last time I got food poisoning was 26 years ago, after eating shwarma in a town square in Jerusalem on a hot day. No one else at the conference got food poisoning, as far as I know. I ate the one piece of bad meat? Leer más “11 steps to marketing nirvana”

10 statements that make my head explode, and what they really mean

Every now and then, someone says something that passes cringe-worthy and goes straight to neural overload. At those times, I get a temporary case of Exploding Head Syndrome (it’s real). I’ll skip the political stuff like “Global warming isn’t real” and “Get your government hands off my Medicare” and stick to internet marketing:

Quote 1: “We don’t need the internet. We get all our business from direct mail.”

Really? Wow, you’re lucky. You’ve established that not one internet user could become a customer. That eliminates a big expense of, maybe, $200k/year. Except, of course, that direct mail costs at least $100k per sending.

What you really said: “I like burning my company’s money. The internet is scary. Plus, I have zero motivation to improve anything.”

Quote 2: “SEO? That’s a fiction. The search engines figure it all out. We’ll stick with PPC”

I thought I was the only person to hear this quote, but Vanessa Fox wrote about it in her book, Marketing in the Age of Google . So I’m in good company.

I’m so proud of you! In the face of overwhelming evidence that 85% of people who use a search engine click on the unpaid results, you’ve stuck to your guns. You’re going to ignore that 85%. That’ll show ‘em!

What you really said: “I also refute global warming, and believe firmly that T Rex used its teeth to crack coconuts in the Garden of Eden.”


Every now and then, someone says something that passes cringe-worthy and goes straight to neural overload. At those times, I get a temporary case of Exploding Head Syndrome (it’s real). I’ll skip the political stuff like “Global warming isn’t real” and “Get your government hands off my Medicare” and stick to internet marketing:

Quote 1: “We don’t need the internet. We get all our business from direct mail.”

Really? Wow, you’re lucky. You’ve established that not one internet user could become a customer. That eliminates a big expense of, maybe, $200k/year. Except, of course, that direct mail costs at least $100k per sending.

What you really said: “I like burning my company’s money. The internet is scary. Plus, I have zero motivation to improve anything.”
Quote 2: “SEO? That’s a fiction. The search engines figure it all out. We’ll stick with PPC”

I thought I was the only person to hear this quote, but Vanessa Fox wrote about it in her book, Marketing in the Age of Google . So I’m in good company.

I’m so proud of you! In the face of overwhelming evidence that 85% of people who use a search engine click on the unpaid results, you’ve stuck to your guns. You’re going to ignore that 85%. That’ll show ‘em!

What you really said: “I also refute global warming, and believe firmly that T Rex used its teeth to crack coconuts in the Garden of Eden.” Leer más “10 statements that make my head explode, and what they really mean”