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Tide goes out on Google Wave

- August 5th, 2010

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After a little more than a year, Google Wave is hitting the rocks.

It was supposed to be a new platform, the be-all and end-all place for social networking, e-mail, wikis and messaging described by Google as “equal parts conversation and equal parts document.” Create a wave and then add people to it.

It was pretty hyped at the beginning, so much so that you were considered special if you had been one of the lucky ones to receive an invite. And if you didn’t you could probably bid for one on eBay.

“But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,” stated Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow on Google’s blog.

The company says, for those who are using it, it will continue to be around until at least the end of the year.

Interestingly enough there seemed to be more buzz around the net especially on twitter about the demise of Wave.

I have to admit I wasn’t one to catch the wave – pardon he pun. I actually found it a little confusing and even harder to really explain it. It seemed to be a lot of little things. The few people I knew who used it initially eventually abandoned it.

But it wasn’t all bad. Collaboration, Real-time chat, got you pretty close to being there and the idea of “the new e-mail”, sort of piqued my interest. But there was still something that didn’t seem quite right.

There won’t be any further development on it per se, but it certainly won’t stop Google from using some of Wave’s proprietary technology in future developments.

As Henry Ford once said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  :)

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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1 comment

  1. Andrew Sittermann | August 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    It’s a real shame. The real-time multi-user apps supported by wave have a great future. We have a Google Wave travel-planner called “Travel WithMe”, and people love the real-time experience.

    Sensing that wave might not be going places, we’ve put it on facebook now as well, but still with Google Wave’s realtime features. It’s at apps.facebook.com/travel-withme.

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