Image by curiouslee via FlickrGeez... From Slate, It's Just Fancy Talk: The Google Wave chatting tool is too complicated for its own good. I might buy that if he ever talked about what was hard to use. He never mentions anything about using Google Wave that is difficult. Instead the whole article is about his own self-consciousness.
Here's some news, we don't type in "normal conversations" either. Most of the time we use our voice, and sometimes we have difficulty organizing our thoughts, using proper grammar, and from laughing at inappropriate times. So if you don't want to type-- pick up the phone.Chatting on Wave is like talking to an over curious mind reader. On a conventional IM, you only see what other people say once they hit Enter. (True, the IM program will tell your partner whether or not you're typing, but this is too little information to get embarrassed about.) On Wave, every misspelling, half-formed sentence, and ill-advised stab at sarcasm is transmitted instantly to the other person. This behavior is so corrosive to normal conversation that you'd think it was some kind of bug.
Google Wave is more like a normal conversation than conventional chatting. There is something to be learned from watching our fellow paddlers organize their thoughts. Right now, we're all paddlers trying to learn this new way of constructing knowledge. We're going to have to learn to embrace the messiness. That so many are freaked by Wave tells me that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.
I'm sticking with my original assessment-- it's going to be huge.