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Google Products

Google Waves goodbye to it’s communication revolution

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.

No Adoption

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.

Did you try Wave as a website builder? Like it? No? Leave us a comment below.

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Social Media

Google Me – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The biggest rumour circulating through social media and search engine circles is that Google are about to launch a fully fledged social network called ‘Google Me’

Nothing Official

Although there’s no official (or unofficial) news from Google HQ, several insiders have said that Google are planning a social networking service very similar to Facebook.

Former Facebook employee Adam D’Angelo, who now runs Q&A site Quora, posted a thread on his site that said Google Me was “a real project and not just rumour”.

He also added a question thread saying “They [Google] had assumed that Facebook’s growth would slow as it grew, and that Facebook wouldn’t be able to have too much leverage over them, but then it just didn’t stop, and now they are really scared.”

He added “They [Google] realized that Buzz wasn’t enough and that they need to build out a full, first-class social network. They are modeling it off of Facebook. Unlike previous attempts (before Buzz at least), this is a high-priority project within Google.”

Not the first time

Google have of course tried to break into social networking before. First there was Orkut, which became popular but only in South America. And then last year we had Google Buzz, which had all sorts of privacy issues and has since been going nowhere fast.

Kevin Rose, Digg’s CEO tweeted on Monday “Ok, umm, huge rumour: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me’, very reliable source.”

At some point since the tweet has been deleted.

Are you ready for yet another social networking site? Have Facebook got social networking all tied up? Should Google stick to search – what they know best? Leave us a comment below.

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