The main issue isn't the technology or the software or the CSS they use - but the fact that a majority of people don't know how to communicate. I say fix that first.
Also, the problem isn't being able to create groups or include or invite people as much as it is getting people to consistently use it to make it meaningful. My company has a wiki where we convey information, but guess how much information from the one-off conversations we have ends up there?
I think there is huge room for technology to solve these kinds of problems, and we've only scratched the surface.
However, in most small businesses (and lets face it, theres more SMB then there is large or enterprise customers hands down) the decisions aren't made on a wiki, or even e-mail for that matter. In a company size of 60-70 or less its still way easier just to walk over to their desk and talk it out. Who remembers hearing a conversation ending with "don't forget to put this on the wiki?" This sentiment being true in my own workplace, the wiki is still considered the de-facto documentation on a subject (guess how many pages are up-to-date).
I believe any successful business collaboration tool will fully grasp facilitating interaction in a way that meetings or quick one-on-one's can't. Having technology outpace human interaction when it is humans that ultimately have to fully articulate themselves I think is the largest obstacle.
TL;DR - I think I agree with you, but the real solution is still difficult to solve with technology alone.
In a way it's similar to IRC, but the ability to create new topics which have their own chatroom-style thread (while still being alerted to conversations elsewhere) means you can duck out and come back again a few days later and pick up the same conversation.
Careful though: could be addictive as hell. ;)
It looks interesting, I wonder if these type of projects will eventually replace IRC. I could definitely see popular open source projects using this over IRC, especially if they have features like snippet embedding.
I've been using convore and thinking about it in terms of asynchronous IRC with sub-channels. (i.e. each group is a channel, and each topic is a sub-channel composed of the same channel members, with a different topic.)
A topic is more like a forum topic/thread.
So I guess I will skip signing up for now.
Keeping the debate honest and true is key when selling a product by echoing each others consensus.
In fact, I would like to hear a polarized and detailed opposite opinion ( if it exists ) of any service that is summarized as 'amazing'. Just saying.
My initial impression of the site is great. Immediately I was able to jump into the Hacker News group and switch between various topics seamlessly and chat.
I'm excited to be using this for small projects. Create a group and not just chat in one room but switch off between several topics in one group. Just the idea of that I can imagine would make collaboration on projects so much more organized. Great job guys!
I joined the convore.com/feedback group, intending to leave feedback , but theres just no good way to see if what i want to say in an existing topic, and too many topics to view. Shouldn't be that much work for me to tell you about the product. Another problem is overload, it might just be me.. but topics and conversations are moving so fast, its overwhelming, and its like chore by itself.
I created an entrepreneurship group here to test it out: https://convore.com/entrepreneurship/
If Convore is like IRC, what we need is a private IRC server. Is there any service like that? (Campfire ain't it)
One tiny nitpick - on the "discover" page, the first item on the left-side menu is "your friends groups", and it should be "your friends' groups".
Flowdock, Convore, Chatterous, and on, and on. The same idea as IRC but less accessible.
I hate to be so glib but, if you can't script it, who cares?
That being said, I think Convore will face serious competition from Twitter in the very near future.
@ev will be launching Twitter Events very shortly which is the most charming and best implemented part of Convore.
Full disclosure: I am biased because my gig, @SecretSocial, will be better than Convore... http://secretsocial.com