Sometimes things are better off dead than alive. Google introduced Wave, it’s real time collaboration tool with much fanfare at the Google I/O conference last year but has now announced to stop developing Wave “as a standalone project.”
Google Wave was one of Google’s most prominent new services. Now it is one of its most prominent flops. The reason for it is quite obvious – not enough takers. Let’s be honest here, many users who have used Wave didn’t know why and what to use it for. Sure, it has some advantages but apparently not enough for an average consumer to see.
At the time of launch, Google described the tool as “how e-mail would look if it were invented today“. Google Wave combined e-mail, instant messaging and features that allowed people to collaborate on documents in real-time. Users could see edits and comments written by other “Wavers” as they were typed. As an avid Wave user, I would say that it was a powerful collaborative tool and was very good at what it did and I can think of many people and organizations who are going to miss Google Wave when it is gone.
“We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.” — the official blog post read. The product was created by two brothers Jens and Lars Rasmussen, who were also behind Google Maps.
Unfortunately, many people who tried Wave complained that it was too hard to use or that they did not understand why they would use it. May be, Google wave was trying to do many things in a new way that people weren’t accustomed to. And while it may it have been great as a productivity tool, I don’t think Google pitched it well when they introduced it.
However, here is some consolation if you liked using Google Wave. “The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.” — the post went on to say.
So are you going to miss Google Wave — Google’s own collaborative tool that had so much of potential in it and yet ended up being a flop?