Are you that kind of human that isn’t able to use Google Mail properly because it shows you mails in a conversational view? Then you are definitely that kind of human that isn’t able to use Google Wave either. Too sad that Wave for the first time introduced an approach of collaboration that wasn’t based on threads or single messages but combined file sharing, collaborative editing, chatting with interactive elements. When we worked on the Blinkendroid Wave to setup that utterly popular display sharing project in Berlin we found Google’s collaboration tool extremely helpful and I wanted to introduce it into my new company lately. Now they are shutting down because they don’t see enough potential in the future. That feels a little like Vulcan spacecrafts orbiting earth and their crewmen thinking about making first contact but then denying because mankind has missed the needed sophistication yet. Hope, they’ll return.
For all Wave fans out there (call yourself Zefram Cochrane now) there luckily is the open source project that emerged from the Google Wave project after Google acquired the original technology from “Etherpad” months ago: http://code.google.com/p/etherpad/ and a nice project website over here: http://etherpad.org/ . With that you can setup your Wave at home.