Google is pulling the plug on Google Wave. Not surprised though. When I first used Wave, there was no feel for me to wanting to use it. While it is aimed to combine many forms of online communication, even I was not attracted to it. Intended to be a near replacement for e-mail, I like GMail’s functionalities better.
Because it didn’t have traction with consumers, Google will be shutting it down. “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked,” Urs Hölzle, a Google senior vice president, writes on the company’s official blog.
“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 code for some of Wave’s innovative features — like instant messages that were sent letter-by-letter as a person typed — has been made available to the public and could be incorporated into future projects which probably can be beneficial to open source fanatics to who knows what others could create from that. Maybe a better innovation than Wave?
Rest in peace Google Wave …