As someone who spends a lot of time on Google apps, I follow Google’s blog for the insights and quick tips. This afternoon, Google posted an Update on Google Wave which basically says that as much fun as it was to make and cool to play with, high on innovation and reframing our ideas of communication, Wave just wasn’t taking off as they’d hoped.
But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. 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 central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.
Laugh as you will, I actually have good content in Wave that now I will have to port someplace else; most likely whatever Google docs can handle. While some waves were listed in my “general wtf” category, many more were filed as useful references and use cases of what was possible in Wave. I will most definitely miss having “one wave to collect it all” so I could easily see what my co-Wavers and I had decided in meetings, or how we prepared for previous events, or simply, how we brainstormed and collaborated.