When Google launched their lat­est gad­get “Wave”, every­body was so keen on get­ting an invi­ta­tion — I’ve sent out about 60 invites via my blogs, yet I haven’t been using Wave a lot. Nei­ther in the begin­ning nor lately: it’s lame (even when used with Chrome, large mul­ti­me­dia Waves are basi­cally unus­able on net­books), it lacks a lot of impor­tant fea­tures and — most impor­tant of all — it’s gen­er­ally quite unsexy, Accord­ing to Sil­i­con Alley Insider, I’m not alone with this opinion.

Their Chart of the Day clearly shows a rapidly decreas­ing num­ber of users, even geeks seem to have aban­donned the ship for now. It won’t prob­a­bly sink any time soon, but it def­i­nitely won’t replace e-mail (that’s on of Google’s idea behind the sys­tem) in the near future.

This kind of launch sce­nario is pretty unusual for the big G: usu­ally, when a new ser­vice gets launched, an imme­di­ate suc­cess story fol­lows. Just remem­ber Gmail or Ana­lyt­ics — those prod­ucts basi­cally took exist­ing ser­vices like web sta­tis­tics or web mail inboxes, improved them in a major way and gave them away for free: Gmail offers nearly unlim­ited stor­age, Ana­lyt­ics is a mighty track­ing tool (I still pre­fer Clicky by far though — it’s all about the real­time), but Wave is actu­ally the first gen­uinely new ser­vice which Google has ever offered.

So I won­der if we’re just wit­ness­ing a tem­po­rary decrease in usage num­bers, or if Wave just offers the wrong bells and whis­tles. Because this might be the first #fail in the company’s his­tory… So what’s your opin­ion on the future of Google Wave?