How Much Would You Pay for Google Wave Invite? We'll Never Know

Ann All

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.

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Oct 1, 2009 7:07 AM John Moore John Moore  says:


  While I received an invite, and have been enjoying experimenting with Google Wave, I could not imagine paying money to give it a shot.

   It's a nice collaboration application, one that will clearly make an impact to how we get things done.  However, it's still just software.

   If anyone is interested in chatting on Wave, feel free to drop me a note.


Oct 10, 2009 10:54 AM Alexis Juster Alexis Juster  says: in response to John Moore

If anyone is interested in chatting on Wave, feel free to drop me a note.

Hi! Unfortunately I didn't get an invite

I would be very thankful if you could send one to AlexisJuster at

Oct 15, 2009 4:10 AM Manas Ranjan Sahoo Manas Ranjan Sahoo  says: in response to John Moore

Hi John,

Could you please send me a google wave invite. I will be highly obliged if you do. my email address is


Nov 6, 2009 12:13 PM Ebenson Michelin Ebenson Michelin  says: in response to John Moore

My email address is, can you send m an invite please.


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