Lest we forget

Regarding Google Wave’s similarity to Lotus Notes, which is a meme I’ve heard from several angles — David Jones hits the nail on the head:

Well, I used Notes from 1994 to 1999. It did have a database backend for e-mail and a rich collaborative editing model. But it didn’t have realtime shared editing, or instant annotation.

And it was shit. No-one in their right minds would have wanted the future of the web to have been Notes. Even though, and I completely agree, it did things that the web is now only just getting round to.

+1 to that!

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4 Comments

  1. Posted October 2, 2009 at 16:57 | Permalink

    I saw this and thought it was a great example of people not getting it. RSS feeds are semantically almost identical to Microsoft’s Channel Definition format ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Definition_Format ; which came with Windows98 (and worked in Windows95 with IE4). The functionality was all the same – and it bombed.

    The difference? RSS was a a more open format with a better sense of community behind it. If Wave takes off, it will probably be for that reason too. The technical comparisons are pretty boring, Wave isn’t much I can’t do with subethaedit and skype.

  2. Posted October 3, 2009 at 12:36 | Permalink

    I was even in the team supporting Lotus Notes for David Jones at the time (at Harlequin), and I’d agree. Visionary ideas, awful clients if not on windows and ultimately closed formats behind it all.

  3. Posted October 5, 2009 at 23:55 | Permalink

    I think jamesc has pointed out why the Google stuff might work. It’s not proprietary and the service is distributed. So, as far as that goes, the comparison is off base.

  4. Posted October 6, 2009 at 17:18 | Permalink

    And …. ahem they are giving it away….. Sorry to sound like an auld grump, but so much of the “web 2.0” is just rehashed or rediscovered stuff from web 1.0? Lotus Notes “inspires” Outlook and then they both “inspire” Wave. Microsoft sells software hence closed formats, Google sells ads. therefore gives software (medium of their message) away. Something has to give…