Wave Goodbye to Wave
It’s time to wave goodbye to Wave. Google have announced that they are shutting down Google Wave.
….Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.
We remember the excitement of this new Google App and many were convinced this was going to change the way we communicate. It was also suggested that Wave would replace email. Much like Gmail, getting an account was like a blessing and tracking down friends, family or anyone who had the ability to send you an invite was a daily task.
Gina Trapani has always championed Wave and spoke at the Web 2.0 expo back in 2009 in a presentation called “How to make sense of Google Wave”. She then went on to write “The Complete Guide to Google Wave” which has been very successful. I am sure she will be mortified at the recent news.
We are sad to see Wave go, even though we never really used it after a week. How do you guys feel?