Google recently announced that they will not continue to develop Google Wave as a standalone product. Back in November, 2009, I wrote my first impressions of Google Wave. I have to admit, at the time, I was incredibly excited to get a developer invite. I love to geek out and try new things (naturally I love to try new Google products). I fully expected to use it for collaborative efforts and projects; but honestly, I rarely logged in. The reason? Low adoption. This is the same reason that Google sited for discontinuing development. I wanted to like Google Wave, I even wanted to use Google Wave, but none of my friends or colleagues did. Even when I recommended it as a collaborative platform, others plainly said “No”, instead opting for something that was already comfortable for them.
One of my developer friends, Matt, even said to me in one of my first Waves, “Google Wave will be one of Google's biggest flops yet. This is hopelessly worthless, inefficient, and out of touch. This is NOT what email would look like if we designed it today.” Though I disagree with Matt that Wave is “hopelessly worthless”, I do have to admit that it flopped. However, I have hope for future Google products though, and I can’t wait to see some of the real-time elements introduced to Google Apps.