Google Wave’s Swan Song Has a Few More Notes In It

Google Wave's Swan Song Has a Few More Notes In It | 40Tech

Yeah, yeah, I know. Google Wave is dead and gone, right? Not quite. We already talked about the potential of Apache Wave, and mentioned that the Google original is still available to those who care to squeeze every ounce they can from the innovative flop. Today, though, Google circulated an email to Wavers containing the end dates and Wave’s last gasp.

Wave was originally supposed to only be maintained to the end of 2010. For reasons of their own, however (likely to court potential future developers like Apache), Google let that date blow by with the waves still… waving. The final shutdown date is now, officially, January 31, 2012.

As of that date, Google Wave will become read only. Exporting waves (individually) to PDF will still be possible up until April 30, 2012. After that, the service goes down for good.

If you love your Wave and want to keep using it for your projects, you can keep going with the open source forks, most notably Apache Wave and Walkaround. Walkaround has an experimental feature that allows — or at least attempts — to import all of your waves from Google Wave. This will stop working on April 30, as well, so if you want to take advantage of it, do it before then.

Personally, I want to see more of Wave’s features integrated into Google+ and Google Docs, especially the potential for third-party addons. I don’t see Google opening that up anytime soon, as it could take Plus down paths they aren’t ready for, but who knows? Maybe down the line, eh?

What do you think?

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  1. So what is the best alternative to Wave at the moment?
    Apache and Walkaround seem to be in development and are not really providing hosting to their services.
    As for your previous suggestions SocialWork has died (RIP) and there doesn’t seem to be much activity on Shareflow from looking at the forums.
    I’m sure we could do with a decent way of organising social events that Wave and the others offered. I’d like to be able to do this with friends, though at 40+, I think most would still prefer email! :-)

  2. I would also like to know what the best alternative currently is. At least I have 2 months to find a replacement and get everyone I work with up to speed on that.

  3. For me, the best feature of Wave is threaded chat. I would love to see this integrated in gchat/G+.

  4. The best option for Google Wave replacement really depends on how you used it. I think that was the problem… there was so much that could be done with it that it failed to grab a significant niche. That and the UI difficulties that led to overwhelm.

    If you just want the real time document collaboration, Google Docs works pretty well for that. It’s probably not the best for long, multi-faceted discussions, but it could be co-opted.

    If you just want collaborative discussions, you could try Google Shared Spaces. It’s pretty easy to set up and use, but seems more disposable in nature. Here’s an overview:

    • “Google Shared Spaces has graduated Google Labs”.

      It says that Shared Spaces has ‘morphed’ into Google Hangouts. Now I thought that was just video but have I missed something?

      • Ahh. This would be part of the Google push to get people on Google+. Hangouts has an option for “Hangouts Advanced” that allows for video conversations that people can share screens, do collaborative white boarding, and collaborative Google Docs. There is supposed to be a recording feature as well, and a broadcasting feature so you can do things webinar-style. The service was experimental last I tried it, and those last two were limited to certain people, but that was in October. Things could well have changed since then.

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  6. Google wave idea alive. If you looking for google wave alternative try

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