Quick Edit | Waving goodbye

Quick Edit | Waving goodbye

Companies often make bad decisions, say stupid things and recall bad products.

While this can happen to anybody, people don’t react in the same way. When Microsoft announces a browser security hole, nobody bats an eyelid. But when Google rolls back a product, some are surprised. And many are delighted.

Google has announced that it is dumping Wave. Wave was an odd messaging system that created more buzz in the unveiling than in the using. Few high-profile Google products have fizzled out like this.

Which explains the blogs and reports dripping with Schadenfreude.

Google, however, seems the least affected party. CEO Eric Schmidt said the company encouraged failure and would use Wave learnings in other products. Maybe he was trying to save face. Or maybe that’s a good way to run a company.