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Google Wave Is No More

Posted by | Posted in Geek Stuff, Technology | Posted on 05-08-2010

I remember posting about Google Wave last year, and how excited I was about the whole idea. Now, it seems, Google have decided that it wasn’t as popular as they’d have hoped it would be, and pulled the plug on it.

I have to say, I’m rather gutted. Although I hadn’t used it for a while up until recently, I thought the concept was fantastic and that it had almost limitless possibilities and uses. But recently I’ve started to get more into it, and I’ve used it to read about people’s opinions on the Lost finale, and the film Inception, to name but a few subjects.

I know that Google openly develops (and half-expects to fail on) some rather “far out” projects, and they learn from their mistakes for the next one, but as far as I’m concerned, Wave wasn’t a mistake. It was plagued with two things – user confusion, and the unpolished developer preview that was released to the public. Firstly, people didn’t understand how to use it, and secondly (as is to be expected for early software) it had a multitude of bugs.

But over time people came to understand how it was supposed to be used, and Google worked extremely hard at fixing the bugs. As it stands, what we have to work with now is a much faster, better version of Wave than we had at the beginning, and I for one would love to see it continue.

I think Wave was a little ahead of it’s time, but I don’t think Google should give up on it just yet. The potential for it is huge, and the number of business apps that could be built off the back of it are endless. But that’s just my opinion, and it probably won’t make any difference in the end. I guess I’ll just have to make use of it until the end of the year when Google will no doubt pull the plug on the website itself. It’s a shame, but perhaps they’ll change their mind. That, or perhaps someone else will continue it’s development, or a clone of it at least.

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