2009: Google Wave
Before Google+, there was Google Wave. Yes, Wave wasn't a real "social network" as we think of them today, but as CNET's story said at the time, it was "a bid to redefine the way people communicate on the Internet by blending e-mail, instant messaging, file sharing, and collaboration software into one service."
That all sounded great, and the attention from 2009 I/O attendees was intense. As one developer told CNET, "I haven't been this jazzed since the release of the iPhone." Unfortunately, in the following months, Wave never crested. It remained in a perpetual private beta state (you had to be invited to use it), and it faced competition from Google's own Buzz social network. And more to the point, a lot of people never determined what its real use was.
May 13, 2013 12:01 AM PDT
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