For the last two weeks, Google Wave has been an active part of student life for CS students. By that I mean, Wave is always open and we are always conversing. It’s the same backchannel talk you’d expect from students, except substitute whispering for typing.
But there are some things lacking with Wave I’d like to address:
- Wave is still very crashy. Depending on the days, Wave will crash 0-50 times per hour. That is not hyperbole.
- Google Contacts is a mess. Let me organize my friends in groups, and give me actually visible privacy controls for deciding who can/cannot spontaneously invite themselves onto my friends list.
- Oh, and while you’re at it, let me invite groups of people into a Wave at once.
- For those curious, the tipping point of Wave crashiness is when a Wave gets to around 200-250 pings. It gets worse with the number of gadgets people throw in there.
- Multiple selection checkboxes are absent. I’d like to be able to grab 15ish Waves (of 100-300 pings each), unfollow them, and send them to a folder without it taking something like 5 minutes.
- Lack of native clients. I get it, web apps are cool. But I prefer native in most cases, and it wouldn’t hurt, especially on the iPhone. Your “mobile client” is slow even on my iMac in the iPhone sim, how do you expect it to run decently on a real device? Seriously.
- And of course, lack of federation on the main server. If you’re going to be a federated standard, there is no excuse for the main server not to be either. (This goes hand in hand with the last point, as there are clients for wavesandbox.com and other federated servers out there.)