The news that someone was trying to sell a Google Wave invite on eBay took me back to one of my favorite commercials from my youth, the one in which the kid asks the wise owl how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
As reported on the Christian Science Monitor (and in countless other places), an eBayer listed the Google Wave invite and saw bidding rise to $5,100 before eBay yanked the auction. I always wanted to see a kind of performance art version of the commercial, in which the owl just kept licking and licking. (Andy Warhol "directed" several movies like this, including 1963's "Sleep.") In the same way, I think the auction would have been far more interesting if we'd seen just how much folks would pay for one of the coveted invites.
Testing of Google Wave began yesterday. Scammers are already trying to cash in on the popularity for Google Wave, which at this point is really little more than a nebulous concept, although developers who have played with it seem crazy for it.
It's almost sure to become the latest Google technology (following Gmail, Google Docs, etc) that enterprise users will adopt whether or not IT likes it, wrote IT Business Edge's Mike Vizard. It's also a safe bet that many IT departments will be more comfortable with more mature technologies like IBM's Lotus.