During the keynote today Google premiered something completely brand new called Google Wave. From the look of it looked like next-gen SMTP+XMPP protocol which allows email-like-msgs/instant-communication/collaboration using fully distributed architecture (similar to SMTP). The focus was on collaboration and notification.
During the whole demo I was thinking just two things.
1) Twitter is screwed !
2) Ditto facebook !
The solution proposed has a side effect of trying to solve the spamming issue as well.
The key here is that they are not releasing an app on which people can login when its launched â€¦ they are instead releasing a protocol and possibly working opensource server which users can deploy and get running quickly.
â€¦wonâ€™t happen overnightâ€¦. But if they build this into gmail which has a large adoption rate, it could become the next big hot thing pretty fast.