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Google drops Wave after lack of interest

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2010

Google says Wave failed to catch on

Google today said it would drop Google Wave. The over year-old service had "not seen the user adoption [Google] would have liked" and won't be developed further. The search firm plans to keep supporting Wave through at least the end of the year and, as it's open-source, says both the technology and the data will be made exportable to other services.

Wave had a loyal base but was admitted by Google to be a "radically different" form of dialog. It has served chiefly as a collaborative environment on the web with live but saved multi-person chat as well as content sharing and editing. The service provided a unique way of communicating on Android and iOS devices, but it struggled as it had to compete both with IM as well as existing collaborative tools.

Code created in Wave should spill over to other Google services.

by MacNN Staff



  1. OldMacGeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In other words . . .

    Translation, "Even we here at Google couldn't figure out how/why to use it."

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As someone that's played

    with wave about 6 times since it launched, I have just one question.

    What the h*** is it?

  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Adsense should also Go

    Biggest Mish Mash of a user interface that was every made. It is unusable.

  1. Interlard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    With no notifications, what d'ya think?

    Well... if it had sent us an email when we received a message (sorry, "wave") maybe we would have actually tried to use it.

    I liked Wave, but it seemed Google was trying to stop people using it.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wave... Goodbye!


  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Surprised it took this long

    I'm surprised they kept it alive this long; Wave was an interesting idea but it frankly seemed to be one of those big-thinking but under-researched "solution to a problem people don't actually have" products. Maybe I just wasn't understanding it, but it didn't make sense to me as a platform.

    It says something that they're actually killing it--that implies that it isn't even being used for internal things by Google itself, which sort of implies it fails the basic dogfood test of software.

  1. MorituriMax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was wondering if it might be something I could use for a play-by-email role playing game. Each person in the game would have their own personal wave that I would theoretically use to share game information with, and they could invite other players in the game to partake in their waves if their two characters interacted in-game.

    Ah well...

  1. MorituriMax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh another downside

    Gina Trapani from Lifehacker created and sold the Complete Guide to Google Wave. I think she's going to be heartbroken that Google killed it. If anyone was able to explain what it is, she was the one.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google cash

    Google has a lot of cash to burn for trying out new ideas on the web (this one plus others on the experimenting lab website). Wondering if "Buzz" is heading that way soon.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Google cash

    Google has a lot of cash to burn for trying out new ideas on the web (this one plus others on the experimenting lab website). Wondering if "Buzz" is heading that way soon.

    What good is cash for if not for trying out new ideas? The main difference, one could say, between Apple and Google is that Google throws a lot of it out to the public and sees what sticks, while Apple keeps it all hidden away.

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