Thursday, August 5, 2010

Google Wave: A sad end!

Google’s Wave was never very popular among its users – we have friends that have used it only a couple of times since they got the invitation. There was a time that the invitations of the Google Wave service were sold on eBay.

For those who have been left puzzled by above discussion of the Wave, Google Wave is an online software application formerly developed by Google. It was described as “a new web application for real-time communication and collaboration”

It is a web-based service, computing platform, and communications protocol designed to merge e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and social networking. It has a strong collaborative and real-time focus supported by extensions that can provide, for example, spelling/grammar checking, automated translation among 40 languages, and numerous other extensions (Google invested quite a lot on this one!). Initially released only to developers, a preview release of Google Wave was extended to 100,000 users in September 2009, each allowed to invite additional users. Google accepted most requests submitted starting the 29th of November 2009. On May 19, 2010, Google Wave was released to the general public to engage and enjoy.

There was huge internal excitement about the possibilities that the platform had to offer (well has to be only for them), but because of the lack of response from the users the company has decided to stop the service. Although Google would continue to support the product until at least the end of this year, and would enable the technology that underpinned Wave to be used in other Google projects, and by third-party developers but beyond that there is hardly anything that the company has to say about the future of the platform. Google has said that it would develop a tool to help existing Wave users to “liberate” any content they had archived in Wave so it could be saved elsewhere. Although many in the technology industry had long believed Google Wave was underperforming, the news that Google was ending support for one of its most innovative new products came as a surprise to most.

Exactly what made the Google Wave a pain in the neck rather than a comforting tool for its users? Why did such a huge Google venture not earn rewards? Well we’ll have to say it was the lack of means of monitoring waves. This was Google Wave’s biggest weakness.  I don’t get an email, Gtalk alert, or any other notification in the communication systems I already use today when there is new activity in a wave.  I’d love an RSS feed of the waves I want to keep an eye on. Unfortunately, this was never an option.If the Wave could have allowed it's users to send mails to other email addresses, it could have been a success and a tough competition in the current email market.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, played down the significance of the Wave announcement. “Our policy is, we try things,We celebrate our failures. This is a company where it is absolutely OK to try something that is very hard, have it not be successful, take the learning and apply it to something new.”

Well, Mr. Eric Schmidt had one thing deeply mistaken and that was the pain that he puts his users in while creating all that mess. Why create something that won’t work when you have so many people dependent on you for their work, huh?

But I personally believe that Google Wave can come up again. The idea behind the Wave is amazing. It's definetly a future technology that you all gonna see! :)

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