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?
Google Wave was one of Google’s biggest announcements of last year but now it looks to be an afterthought among the tech trendsetters after the launch of Google Buzz in early February. Privacy concerns mostly laid to rest, Google Buzz is actually doing much of what Google Wave promised: collaborative discussion, media sharing, and social networking within an email-like framework.
Frankly, I use Google Buzz more than Google Wave since my GMail is always open, accessing Buzz is pretty quick unlike Wave where a whole new interface is shown to you. While Buzz does not have all of Wave’s features … yet, who knows it may incorporate them all in the near future.
For now, Buzz is geared more on the social sharing with people who are interested in what you think (like Twitter) while Wave is designed to making users more productive in their work lives as a collaboration tool, while Buzz is more about “social sharing and passive sharing with people who are interested in what you think.
In my case, between the two, I barely used Wave except the first time I wanted to check out what it was all about. After that, it has been Buzz for me ever since. What about you?