Google Wave Bye Bye

March 30, 2011

Wonder what ever happened to Google Wave?  I remember hearing about it from a friend as we stood on the street chatting.  It felt really clandestine cuz he practically whispered when he told me about it.  It was like a secret cabal that required an invitation – I recall waiting in anticipation for it to arrive in my Gmail inbox.  

When it finally did arrive I was ready to start using it but it wouldn’t import my contacts from Gmail, instead I was given 10 invitations to send out to friends.  I dreamed about the amazing extensions Google would come out with and the possibilities for integrating it with other social media platforms…but it was all in vain because no one, and I mean no one, used it.  I was sure that when it finally launched everyone would get on board, but the launch never happened.  Eventually myself and ostensibly everyone else forgot about it…

…the results of today’s fact finding mission that took me all of 30 seconds produced the following explanation for Google Wave’s failure to launch.

Status of Google Wave

As we announced in August 2010, we are not continuing active development of Google Wave as a stand-alone product, but have been working hard on the open source Wave in a box project and on making waves accessible through Google Docs.

We wanted to let you know that we will keep wave.google.com running past December 31, 2010 until a suitable replacement to host all your waves is available. In the meantime, you can now use the export feature to download a zipped version of up to ten waves at a time.

Additionally, Wave in a Box, the project to make it easy for anyone to host their own wave server, has made significant progress on both functionality and community growth. Just last week, the Apache Software Foundation accepted Wave into its incubator for new projects.

Thanks yet again to all our users for giving Wave a try with your schools, businesses and organizations and to the developers who are working on the next steps for the open source project!

Now here’s a video funny video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJBgIO–rE

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