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What is the Use Case for Google Wave?

This will be a very short blog post. I’ve had Google Wave for about two weeks now and I still can’t identify the core use case the product is seeking to address. I don’t have generic collaboration needs – I have plenty of specific situations where collaboration is helpful, but they’re all fairly custom. For example, I would have been really happy if Google had integrated Google Chat as a persistent sidebar in Google Docs and Spreadsheets – that would be something that would fit the way I already use those products and make them incrementally more useful. Ditto on the ability to leave notes or keep a log of persistent communication over the life of the document. But Google Wave doesn’t seem to be tailored to any of the use cases above. What problem is this trying to solve?

What am I missing? Can someone help me out?