Google Waves Goodbye to Google Wave

Google Waves Goodbye to Google WaveGoggle has waved its last wave in the decision to cease development of Google Wave as a standalone product. This should not come as a shock as despite the real time communication through character-by-character live typing and the drag-and-drop (both are available as open source) as well as the real time sharing of images a images and other media it was just not embraced.

The Challenges of Google Wave

Google Wave may have been cheered at the 2009 Google Wave I/O Developer Preview, even in its early stages of invite only it never really caused the frenzy Google would have hoped.  It was innovative and useful but at the same time it is a bit confusing. The invite only did not bring drones of people to the virtual doors of Google pushing themselves to be the next one invited.

In May when Google dropped the invite only the attention was minimal and people were trying to find where it fit into what they were already doing. It never created that buzz of how easy it is to use and how much time was saved and interactions increased by using Google Wave. Absent buzz, Wave fizzled.

The End is Near for Google Wave

Google Wave will remain live until at least the end of the year and the technology will be extended for use in other Google projects according to Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow. This is good news for those that do interact and share a wave regularly. It never really caught on for me as connecting on yet another platform with people that I was already connected elsewhere seemed to take up more time in checking messages and conversing there as well.

Did you embrace and use Google Wave? Sad to see it go?

  • To be honest, I saw the potential in Google Wave. Not as an email client, not as instant message stuff.

    But for developers to collaborate on coding-projects. In that matter, I am quite sad to see it go, it was great. Yeah, at first a bit confusing, no doubt there. But in the long run, they would be able to simplify it. I am quite sad to see it go.

    What are those Open Source projects called?

  • Hi Suzanne – I never tried it, for the same reasons you stated, it just seemed like a big time investment to connect with others whom I was already connected with. My guess is that this will happen increasingly as new tools are released – those presently versed in social media will have their favorite tools and will not be inclined to switch or possibly even try something new. I guess the opportunity lies in finding those who already do not have an IM or social media platform of choice. That being said Google Wave seemed to fizzle quickly, making me wonder if it wasn't given enough time.

  • Mikkel

    I like skype as you know for the instant message stuff. It is easy to understand but I can see where people would like wave. Only a few I knew used it and it was not one that I checked reguarly.

  • John

    I am not sure if longer time would have saved it. It was just a lot to ask people to have so many communication sources and have to check them all or be alerted to them. I agree that it was a lot to ask to connect here, connect there, talk here, talk there. Ugh makes me feel exhausted thinking about it. Something new will come out and we shall see what happens with it.

  • I was very excited about Google Wave and its potential! I remember being so happy when I finally got my invite. However, I ended up going to Google Wave twice to check it out and never returned. Like the article and others say… no one wants ANOTHER thing to go check.
    But I still think the idea behind Google Wave is HUGE. I believe if they are going to use it in other Google Projects, they should start in GMail. If Google Wave integrated into GMail, I believe it would be better adopted and utilized.