The Great Google Wave Spaz-Out of 09
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Twitter went crazy with otherwise self-respecting geeks begging anyone who claimed to get extra invites to please pass one along to them. Somebody even set up a Twitter account claiming to have several hundred invites to give out for anyone who followed and re-tweeted a message for more people to follow for a chance at getting an invite. (No word on if this offer was legit, but betting folks would likely lay odds that it was not.)
All hype surrounding Google Wave is enough to make one wonder about the psychology of this phenomenon. It's like a group drug frenzy -- for a drug almost no one has even tried yet. What is it? Is it about being first?
It's not clear how success with a VOIP service was supposed to translate into an entertainment platform, but that was the hype at the time. They trickled out invites to the service that fed into the buzz, much like Google's little Wave stunt did last week. It turns out Joost was a big disappointment. And the desktop app they released was a bandwidth pig that had very little content that anyone cared about. The company that actually succeeded where Joost failed was Hulu and eventually Joost dropped their desktop app in favor of a Hulu-like flash based player on a website. (And Joost still hasn't lived up to its hype.)