Like us, many of you will have woken up this morning to a “so long and farewell” email from Google Wave.
Except the “Reminder, Google Wave Sunsetting in 2012” email isn’t from Google Wave, but rather an entity called “Google Wage”. Either that’s a disgruntled employee somewhere making a crack about cost cutting, or a typo. Most likely the latter given the close proximity of the “g” and “v” keys on the keyboard.
It doesn’t look very professional, though, that’s for sure. The big G needs to have a word with its sub-editing staff.
As for the email itself, it’s simply a reminder that Google announced over a year ago that development on Wave was ceasing, and the service will be turned off at the end of April.
Google Wave was supposed to be a revolutionary real-time communication and collaboration tool, which was cleared off the decks because the majority didn’t really “get” what it was supposed to be, exactly. The company then changed tack to Google+.
However, for those of you who used the service, you now have until the 30th of April to export any Wave content to PDF, before Wave finally disappears down the plughole and it’s all lost for good.
Google noted: “If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.”Leave a comment on this article