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Oh, Are You Actually Using Google Wave?

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Google announced today that they are ceasing development of the platform that could have revolutionized online communication as we know it. Google Wave, launched this past May after a year in beta, offered real-time messaging, threading, group discussions, and a bunch of widgets ranging from the useful to the silly.

I’ll admit it, I was pretty stoked when I heard about this thing. I had been looking for something that did what Wave promised to do, so like every other geek, I begged and pleaded for an invite back in the early beta days. When I finally got in, I was a little underwhelmed. Despite all the shiny bits that made this thing so cool, you couldn’t help but notice the sluggish interface.

Google Wave invite | photo by Ernest Chiang

Many other user had similar experiences, and in the end, there wasn’t enough adoption for Google to justify continuing to develop the product. Google says they will leave Wave as it is for those handful of enthusiasts who have embraced it, and they plan to incorporate some of the coding and features into their other services. “Wave has taught us a lot,” writes Urs Hölzle, “and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science.”

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About Anna Creech

  • I need a tool that can facilitate both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration between people who are not in the same location.

  • “I had been looking for something that did what Wave promised to do”

    which was what?

    I got an invite. Looked at it once and ended up never going back because I didn’t understand what it was supposed to do. Granted that was partially my fault but it was there job to make me want it