Bye Bye Google Wave, It Was Nice Knowing You

Posted by Mike on August 5th, 2010.
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So Google has finally bitten the bullet and closed down the Google Wave product team, Update on Google Wave:

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.

We here at WaveAdept* are sad to see such an innovative and forward thinking approach to collaboration fail to reach a large enough audience and more recently we were starting to use it more and more for collaboration. Having said that there are certainly a number of learnings that we can take from the “Google Wave experiment” and I will be espousing fully upon them at the upcoming NZ Google Barcamp in two weeks time –

So, goodbye Google Wave, it was an interesting ride with, appropriately, highs and lows.

Remember everyone, it makes no difference how “cool” the technology is it is always, ALWAYS about the people and what they can do with it! And the same goes for the “simplest” and most common of tools that we believe we know the best, for instance how is the uptake of your Intranet and how do the lessons from Google Wave apply, call us to discuss how to gain increased adoption of your IT services

* Our company name was coincidental with Google Wave and at mo time did Google consult us :-) Having said that Dave and I did do fist pumps when Google announced this new product called Wave :-)

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  1. [...] Google retired Google Wave they stated it was due to “poor uptake” (a mere million or so users). We also know that [...]

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