When Google Wave launched (May of last year), it was one of the most incredibly hyped products to hit the technology scene in years. That hype started when Vic Gundotra (Google VP of Engineering) showcased the new platform at the Google IO conference. Despite Google’s best efforts, however, to pull in user/dev adoption of the platform, it never really took off. Even after Google’s last-ditch effort when they dropped the invite only status the WAVE apparently still failed to pick up any additional steam.
With that, yesterday Google announced they have shut down development of the product and plan on dropping all support for it by the end this year. The code and technology behind the product will remain on Google’s servers indefinitely as an open-source platform, but gone for good are its stand-alone web-app days. For concerned “heavy users” of Wave, Google is in the process of developing export tools, so the data will not get lost when the service goes down for good.
This development wasn’t hard to see coming. Nearly every Wave user I interviewed had simply not figured out what to do with Wave, not to mention its mediocre performance. Even on popular social network sites such as Digg, despite myriads of comments, the unanimous opinion was that “Wave” was an innovative but useless product.
It’s kinda like the baby mop outfit. I mean sure its “looks” like an excellent idea. But who’s actually going to put their kid in one? Besides, once they learn to walk, then it’s pretty much obsolete. :)
Goodbye, Google Wave. What else ya got in your bag of tricks Vic?