Google Wave Waves Goodbye
It was fun while it lasted. Google has announced that it will be ending further development of Google Wave, their real-time messaging platform.
Wave was unveiled in May of 2009 at the Google I/O event in San Francisco. It could be described as a combination of email, IM, and Twitter. Users can drag and drop files from their desktop to the conversation. It also allows for real-time document collaboration.
Although Wave had some loyal users who loved the service (including our own Devon Schreiner), “it has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,” says Google.
According to Google, the service will remain live for now, but may be taken down at some point in the future. The software is being open-sourced so it can be recreated, and Google is releasing tools that will allow users to “liberate” their data from the platform.
The members of the Google Wave team, most of which are located in Australia, are being moved to other Google projects.