Last year we excitedly brought you news of the latest Google product, Wave. Google aficionados and industry experts agreed: Google wave was set to revolutionise the way we communicated online.
Email is Outmoded
The basic idea – according to Google – was that email was outmoded. It was inefficient, Google said, to send emails from person to person and to cc other interested parties.
Ride the Wave
Far better – they reckoned – to have an opening, rolling real-time conversation which anyone could contribute to: a stream of thoughts that ran down a web page in a never ending… Wave?
Use was initially by invitation only – and people were desperate to make it in. But less than a year into the project, Google has decided to put the stoppers on Wave, with it likely to disappear next year.
Google is knocking it on the head because it has “not seen the user adoption we would have liked”. On the blog they expanded with “We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through to the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.”
With typical Google-like stoicism, they’re saying that the project hasn’t been wasted effort, and are making much of the source code available to external developers.
It may be that Google are clearing the way for their latest social experiment ‘Google me‘.
I for one quite liked wave, but never really found a reason to use it, and certainly never made use of the range of apps developed to enhance each wave.
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