Tweet Me if You Want to Wave: Wherein We Join in the Latest Trend.

No one has ever accused me of being a cutting edge trend-setter.  That pattern was set very early for me. My frugal family looked down on “fads” as a waste of time and money.  That was sometimes hard on a curious child of the 60’s and 70″s.

When I was in First Grade. I didn’t have a Jingle-Jump. In my mind “everyone else did” or at least everyone that I wanted to impress.  The Jingle-Jump was an enticing , colorful contraption you could strap on one foot so that you could jump a twirling ball on a string to a jaunty little “tune” played by the plastic box at your heel.

Jingle-Jump

Even though heavily marketed, this attractive device  found its way to the “Island of Forgotten Toys” due to a learning curve that usually ended in a flattened ball and/ or smashed plastic music box.

All of these years later I do not want a Jingle-Jump, but I still have a fear of being left out on the playground. So when a couple of kind Twitter pals @mtechman and @scmorgan arranged to locate a Google Wave invite for me, could I have refused?  Armed with loads of self-justification  regarding the need to explore  its educational potential for my professional development, I recently marched out onto my PLN social media schoolyard  with the latest toy.

Since GWave is still under development, both reports of its world domination and shocking demise are premature.  However, the marketing plan is definitely brilliant.  The limited invitation system of introduction has it right up near Captain Marvel decoder rings, Cabbage Patch dolls and Beanie Babies in creating that pulsating “Mom I have to have one!” sort of desire to be a part of the experience. Then, when you consider how many of us have downloaded Google Chrome to make it work better the master plan becomes clearer.  Surely it will run even faster on a little netbook with the Chrome OS.

The risk of inviting so many “developers” to the preview edition is that many of us will tire of the glitchy nature of an unfinished product and turn off to the experience, never to return.  Will the exclusiveness and lure of future potential give us all enough patience to ride through the developmental process?  Or will the complexities of Wave leave users with that smashed Jingle-Jump feeling?

I am not saying that I dislike Google Wave.  It does have great potential for teamwork and real-time instruction. My biggest complaint, at this point, is the time it takes from my day with the long load times, freezes and how-to searches.  I am just not giving up my swift, sleek Twitter exchanges for long rambling mega-waves yet.  In fact,  I have found the best way to ensure a productive real-time meeting on wave may be to use Twitter to schedule a wave “appointment.”

So, if you would like to discuss this further, “Tweet me if you want to Wave.”