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Google Wave vs. Raindrop

Posted 11-04-2009 at 08:55 AM by lnarea
Updated 11-04-2009 at 08:58 AM by lnarea

Google would have us believe that Wave was the solution to all of our social networking needs. However as the beta invites started going out, people began to realize that it was nothing of the sort. It's just not ready to replace facebook, twitter and the others. Itís not even ready to replace basic e-mail. If you ask me, it's just a solution waiting for a problem. Is Google ahead of the times or just falling out of touch?



Okay, so enter Mozilla Raindrop. First thing first: the only things these have in common is that they both deal with communication and have names related to water. Iím still puzzled as to why everyone feels the need to mention them in the same breath. Google Wave is a communications protocol, Mozilla Raindrop is actually a communications aggregator. It's important to understand the difference. Raindrop's goal is two-fold:

1. To compile all of your messages from across all of your inboxes on various services into one place

2. To organize those messages in such a way that that email from Mom is given higher priority than your umpteenth invitation to play Mafia Wars

Currently, you need an invite to get into Google Wave and it runs in your browser. To get into Mozilla Raindrop, you have to download it, compile it, and run it on your own system. You still access it via the browser, but itís really more of an application than a 3rd part service. Your stuff is all stored on your own computer.

To review, comparing Google Wave directly to Mozilla Raindrop is like comparing a single book (Wave) to an entire library (Raindrop). Both projects are still in their infancy, however. Iím pretty certain that they will mature and converge in some way. For instance, Raindrop developers could create a module that pulls in updates to your Waves. The Google Wave team could create modules to import your social activity and email accounts (although, Waveís interface might make this difficult to deal with).

Either way it goes, Iím hoping these projects and others like them will help to change the way we communicate. Email and inboxes in general are inefficient and annoying to deal with. E-mail is due for an update. How long have you had those hundreds of emails just sitting in there because you donít feel like dealing with them? Between Wave and Raindrop, maybe we will start seeing our inboxes work for us instead of against us.
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