Has Google jumped the innovation shark?

I was thinking recently, with the demise of Google Wave, that it is entirely possible that Google has jumped the innovation shark. For those of you unfamiliar with the “jumped the shark” phrase, that harkens to a famous television show in the US. To boost ratings, a character decided to waterski and jump over a shark. The fact that the character couldn’t swim and was skiing in a leather jacket can tell you where this is headed. Everyone saw through the obvious ploy to drive ratings and the show continued to nosedive.

The question becomes then, has Google lost its edge, or is Google Wave an example of experimenting and failing forward, to bring new and better products to market?

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Jeffrey Phillips | //innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com

I was thinking recently, with the demise of Google Wave, that it is entirely possible that Google has jumped the innovation shark.  For those of you unfamiliar with the “jumped the shark” phrase, that harkens to a famous television show in the US.  To boost ratings, a character decided to waterski and jump over a shark.  The fact that the character couldn’t swim and was skiing in a leather jacket can tell you where this is headed.  Everyone saw through the obvious ploy to drive ratings and the show continued to nosedive.

The question becomes then, has Google lost its edge, or is Google Wave an example of experimenting and failing forward, to bring new and better products to market? Leer más “Has Google jumped the innovation shark?”

25 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

If you’ve some catching up to do this weekend, we’ve got a list that’s hot and fresh from the Mashable HQ kitchen. This is your one-stop shop for all the resources you might have missed.

In the social media department, you’ll find some useful tools to track those pesky Twitter (Twitter) unfollowers, some handy tips for dealing with Twitter complaints, and some funny web comics.

Tech and mobile brings you some great Safari (Safari) extensions for power-browser and some cross-platform development tools for the versatile mobile app builder.

Check out the business category for a look at current web design trends, a behind-the-scenes peek at the offices of 360i, and analysis of social gaming — the next big money maker on the web.

Looking for even more social media resources? You can find this guide every weekend, where you can check out all of the lists-gone-by.


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Social Media PaintIf you’ve some catching up to do this weekend, we’ve got a list that’s hot and fresh from the Mashable HQ kitchen. This is your one-stop shop for all the resources you might have missed.

In the social media department, you’ll find some useful tools to track those pesky Twitter (Twitter) unfollowers, some handy tips for dealing with Twitter complaints, and some funny web comics.

Tech and mobile brings you some great Safari (Safari) extensions for power-browser and some cross-platform development tools for the versatile mobile app builder.

Check out the business category for a look at current web design trends, a behind-the-scenes peek at the offices of 360i, and analysis of social gaming — the next big money maker on the web.

Looking for even more social media resources? You can find this guide every weekend, where you can check out all of the lists-gone-by. Leer más “25 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed”

The Movement to “Save Google Wave”

The news of Google Wave’s demise caught many of us by surprise. The service had been available for only about a year. It had just joined Google Apps.

Google maintained that they had not seen strong adoption. This may be true but it did have a core community that is none too pleased about Google’s decision.

So much so that a group has created: “Save Google Wave,” a web site dedicated to keeping Google Wave from being shuttered.

savegwavethumbsup.jpgThe site provides different ways for people to express their support for Google Wave. As of this evening more than 19,400 people have given a “thumbs up,” for saving the service. The Twitter account has 360 followers. More than 250 people have retweeted the site and 70 have given it a Digg.

Oh, yes, and you can buy a t-shirt or a button. We’re not sure what that is for except perhaps to give the developers a bit for the work they are doing to raise awareness. It would help if they provided a disclaimer of some sort.

These are not huge numbers. But more illuminating are the emails in support of Google Wave. These include those from a physicist, a student collaborating on a novel with his girlfriend and a software developer.


savegooglwavebutton-image.pngThe news of Google Wave‘s demise caught many of us by surprise. The service had been available for only about a year. It had just joined Google Apps.

Google maintained that they had not seen strong adoption. This may be true but it did have a core community that is none too pleased about Google’s decision.

So much so that a group has created: “Save Google Wave,” a web site dedicated to keeping Google Wave from being shuttered.

savegwavethumbsup.jpgThe site provides different ways for people to express their support for Google Wave. As of this evening more than 19,400 people have given a “thumbs up,” for saving the service. The Twitter account has 360 followers. More than 250 people have retweeted the site and 70 have given it a Digg.

Oh, yes, and you can buy a t-shirt or a button. We’re not sure what that is for except perhaps to give the developers a bit for the work they are doing to raise awareness. It would help if they provided a disclaimer of some sort.

These are not huge numbers. But more illuminating are the emails in support of Google Wave. These include those from a physicist, a student collaborating on a novel with his girlfriend and a software developer. Leer más “The Movement to “Save Google Wave””

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.”


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”

Cantidades y Calidades de “amigos” en las Redes Sociales.

Todo en esta vida sigue una trayectoria, la famosa curva de la vida: nace, crece (ahora viene el “en ocasiones se reproduce o se declina”) y muere, y/o la curva y cadencia de las tendencias, conforme una tendencia nace y crece generalmente surge una contra-tendencia en dirección contraria y no siempre directamente proporcional.

Y con esas premisas claras, el fenómeno de las redes sociales no iba a ser menos.

A estas alturas todos estamos requeteenterados de todo lo que acontece en los mundos de Facebook, qué es, quien está, qué se hace por allí, cuántos amigos puedes tener…el crecimiento de Facebook en países como el nuestro, donde la cultura de “pon en común” por decirlo de una manera está ampliamente arraigado, ha sido abismal. Y no tengo evidencias exactas para saber en qué punto del ciclo de vida de Facebook debemos estar, si en crecimiento o tocando la madurez, lo que si tengo evidencias es de que la contratendencia ya está muy en la calle, too fast:)


Todo en esta vida sigue una trayectoria, la famosa curva de la vida: nace, crece (ahora viene el “en ocasiones se reproduce o se declina”) y muere, y/o la curva y cadencia de las tendencias, conforme una tendencia nace y crece generalmente surge una contra-tendencia en dirección contraria y no siempre directamente proporcional.

Y con esas premisas claras, el fenómeno de las redes sociales no iba a ser menos.

A estas alturas todos estamos requeteenterados de todo lo que acontece en los mundos de Facebook, qué es, quien está, qué se hace por allí, cuántos amigos puedes tener…el crecimiento de Facebook en países como el nuestro, donde la cultura de “pon en común” por decirlo de una manera está ampliamente arraigado, ha sido abismal. Y no  tengo evidencias exactas para saber en qué punto del ciclo de vida de Facebook debemos estar, si en crecimiento o tocando la madurez, lo que si tengo evidencias es de que la contratendencia ya está muy en la calle, too fast:) Leer más “Cantidades y Calidades de “amigos” en las Redes Sociales.”

Here’s The Real Reason Google Is So Worried About Facebook

Google is preparing another attempt to crack the social networking world owned by Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter.

Why is Google traveling down this path once again? Aren’t the failures of Dodgeball, Orkut, Jaiku, Buzz, Wave, etc. enough for Google to realize that it just doesn’t understand social networking?

Maybe, but Google can’t afford to watch the web become social without it.

As Google researcher Paul Adams explains in a huge deck of slides getting passed around on the web, people buying things are more inclined to trust their friends than strangers – or search ads.


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Google is preparing another attempt to crack the social networking world owned by Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Twitter.

Why is Google traveling down this path once again? Aren’t the failures of Dodgeball, Orkut, Jaiku, Buzz, Wave, etc. enough for Google to realize that it just doesn’t understand social networking?

Maybe, but Google can’t afford to watch the web become social without it.

As Google researcher Paul Adams explains in a huge deck of slides getting passed around on the web, people buying things are more inclined to trust their friends than strangers – or search ads. Leer más “Here’s The Real Reason Google Is So Worried About Facebook”