3. Google Wave Notification

Year: 2010

Google's software editing framework was set to feature a new Wave Notifications system that notified users of a new Google Wave update by having actual people wave at them in real time. You could choose from four different human notifiers, including Ashton Kutcher, Dr. Wave, Grandma, Werner Heisenberg. And even a puppy. The Google Wave blog also informed readers that the system continued to experience issues and that "Genuine greetings may be confused for notifications." The bigger joke was Goolge trying to tell us that people actually use Wave.