Google Kills Wave, Nation Amazed It Still Existed
Google announced yesterday that it was ending it’s collaboration tool Wave after a less than enthusiastic reception from the public:
Google Wave was one of Google’s most prominent new services. Now it is one of its most prominent flops.
On Wednesday, Google said that it would stop developing Wave as a standalone product and that the Web site could be shuttered by the end of the year. The technology will remain available if people want to develop new tools with it.
Despite having “numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,” Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of operations at Google, wrote in a company blog post.
Wave, which was introduced to much hype at a conference for Google software developers in 2009, was conceived of as a collaboration tool housed in a Web browser. People could use the application to chat, edit documents, videos and photos, and play games together.
But Wave had so many different features that it confused many users, who never figured out how it worked. Wave also has several competitors, ranging from Salesforce’s Chatter to Jive.
I suspect that I was like many people out there. When Wave came out and I got my hands on an invite, I immediately signed up. Then, well, nothing. It wasn’t at all apparent what Wave was, or how it could help me, and I pretty much forgot about it until today.