July 7, 2011 11:52 AM | By Jared Newman, PCWorld
12 tech revolutions that fizzled

Google Wave (2009)

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The search giant promoted Google Wave, its real-time messaging platform, as a blend of Twitter, email, and instant messaging. However, the ill-fated collaboration tool never really caught on.

Wave was difficult to master, it bored casual users, developers were hesitant to jump aboard its bandwagon, and most of us found that Facebook did the trick in a much easier way. Google shuttered the service in March 2010.

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