Dan Lyons on Google Wave (via Ed Brill, who added some interesting comments).
Maybe you've heard about Google Wave. It's the hot new product from Google, the one that's going to change the world and replace e-mail and transform us all into cyborgs with the power to travel into the future and save mankind. Or something.
Google Wave is now in a limited beta test, being used by 100,000 people, by invitation only. It's apparently fantastic stuff, really super-impressive. There's just one teeny-tiny problem—nobody can explain what Wave is or how it works. Not even the people who created Google Wave seem able to really explain why anyone needs or wants it. Sure, some have tried, like Ars Technica. Google itself has posted this 80-minute video tutorial.
But see, if you need an 80-minute video to explain your product, well, that's a bit of a problem.