Save the Wave, group fights to keep Google Wave alive

A new site popped up that wishes to "Save Google Wave!" They are suggesting to anyone who thinks Google Wave should be given a second chance to give them a "Thumbs Up" or retweet their message. As of this post, they have 29,114 supporters. The vast number of uses for Wave is astounding; people use it from working on projects to simple classroom instruction.  

According to the comments, the community of Wave was composed of teachers, students, software developers, writers, and more. Google Wave changed how these people communicated and its users just wish it stays open for everyone else to have a chance to try out the new technology. Some thoughts people had on the subject, taken from Save The Wave:

 "I am a Theoretical Physicist and I use google wave for collaborating with my colleagues who are in different places around the world. Google wave has to be saved ... it is such a brilliant tool ... unfortunately, badly advertised (not at all ...). A lot of people would quickly realize its potential and the way it can really change collaborative working in a positive way."

"I am a teacher in an online school (http://bit.ly/ckjyMy) and use wave as part of my class for discussion (led by my questions). The students discussions in wave is 40% of their grade. If wave shuts down, I will have to find some other online program that does what wave does (don't know of one right now)."

A good number of the supporters claim that the reason why Google Wave never took off was due to lack of advertising, which may be why many had never heard of the product. They also claim that if more people knew about it, they would find out how useful it was and would desire to use Wave over other technologies. To get their message out they have chosen the social network Twitter to broadcast their message. It is clear that Google Wave has changed the lives of many, and they won't go down without a fight.

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YES, Google Wave was ahead of its time, but it was an important step in a right direction. In my line of work I need an efficient way to cooperate and collaborate on projects. I have different partners each projects, these are people who aren't used to IT services. I can't force these people to sign up for services, or to download additional software. Google Wave is the best alternative to free and easy on-the-fly collaboration.

Yeah yeah, we have all heard YOU don't have a use for it. This is equally important feedback in what Google is doing, experimenting and innovating. But please try to grasp the idea of what this service can bring (MAKE COLLABORATION EASIER), and be kind enough not to shoot down the idea the next time Google bring it back up in one of their services...

My understanding from day one (when they announced they were dropping it) was that they would simply no longer invest R&D resources, but just keep it going. In other words, there's no point "fighting to keep it alive" as that's exactly what's going on.

Google Wave would be awesome for business meetings, actually. But only if all participants had Wave accounts. That's what Google made to kill this -- made it invite-only with only a limited number of invites earned.

When google has to keep Wave running, it's ressources that won't go in gmail, google search, google docs or others Google tools, so i say kiil it! Anyway the code is open-source, i think you can setup a Wave server yourself.

+1 for open source it! It is a good technology that has it's uses. It just doesn't have as large of a user base as google had hoped for. That's my guest, anyway.

Why are people saying 'kill it'? If you don't like it, you don't have to use it but you don't have to make it so other users can't use it either.

I personally used it for a week and found no use for it, but that's not to say it's useless in the hands of someone else.
It would make more sense for Google, in all their greatness, to release it as a non-managed open source project so people can deploy wave servers for personal/business use and then developers can work on it to help out a small community.

I'm all for open source and this would make a perfect project for such a thing and I doubt anyone would disprove of this.

We use Wave all the time at work when we need to keep notes from a meeting, to toss ideas around like a dart board, or we just need to keep an active list of items for things.

there is only one way they could have done it with wave .. if some how they had managed to integrate it with gmail ... There are so many gmail users .. and it would be just simpler and more fun to do things along with ur mails...

mukul said,
there is only one way they could have done it with wave .. if some how they had managed to integrate it with gmail ... There are so many gmail users .. and it would be just simpler and more fun to do things along with ur mails...

Agreed! It will be so cool!

Its still lacking features IMO.

For business interest, they should include local file sharing (files stored on a server), and it would become a true collaboration tool then.

MS workspace (formally groove), does not allow for local files to be added, big downer

barteh said,
Its still lacking features IMO.

For business interest, they should include local file sharing (files stored on a server), and it would become a true collaboration tool then.

MS workspace (formally groove), does not allow for local files to be added, big downer

Wave did? Well, you could put files in the Wave, and everyone would be able to download them. Is that what you meant?

giggsey said,

Wave did? Well, you could put files in the Wave, and everyone would be able to download them. Is that what you meant?

not really.
I dont want to dump 500gig of project files and folders into Wave.

With groove you could create 'project folders' and then have subfolders and files, but you could only add local files/folders, not from a networked drive or UNC path.
That aside, microsoft groove was perfect with the messaging, notes, document revision notes etc, but the networked files let it down.

I would have thought there must be something out there which is more approperiate, without looking at web based DMS/CMS.

I love the idea of it, but Google killed it from the way they were marketing it. It started well with the motto "If email was invented today", but it really did no justice when it couldn't even interact with the "old" email platforms.

Works great for my co-workers and I. Extremely useful for us, but I don't see it living on since Google wants to take it down.

intrinity1 said,
"What is this Wave you speak of?" This is probably what a high percentage of people say when they hear about Wave.

I didnt know what wave was until i saw yesterday they were closing it.

lol, Google wants to Kill it because it doesn't fit their long term strategy, yet some group of people is trying to keep it around? this is Classic

red hook said,
lol, Google wants to Kill it because it doesn't fit their long term strategy, yet some group of people is trying to keep it around? this is Classic

Yeah... sound familiar?

ObiWanToby said,
Kill it. Useless.

Not agreed. One person's useless is another person's invaluable.

Your opinion != Fact. Get over yourself mate.

TCLN Ryster said,

Not agreed. One person's useless is another person's invaluable.

Your opinion != Fact. Get over yourself mate.

+1 if you read the article it very clearly points out that it is not useless. if a single person used is using it, it has a use.

TCLN Ryster said,

Not agreed. One person's useless is another person's invaluable.

Your opinion != Fact. Get over yourself mate.

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

Quattrone said,
+1 Why Google just integrate Wave into Gmail?

It was supposed to be their interpretation of if Email was created today.

But +1 to the others, keep Wave. Many uses, just not as many people using as they might have hoped.

ObiWanToby said,
Kill it. Useless.

Your opinion...My opinion could be that you are an idiot...till it gets proven as fact, it's an opinion...

ILikeTobacco said,

+1 if you read the article it very clearly points out that it is not useless. if a single person used is using it, it has a use.


Actually, just to be annoying, Wave IS useless if only one person is using it. It's a collaboration tool, after all.

Northgrove said,

Actually, just to be annoying, Wave IS useless if only one person is using it. It's a collaboration tool, after all.

fair enough so edit:
+1 if you read the article it very clearly points out that it is not useless. if two people are using it, it has a use.

but technically, even if its a collaboration tool, one person using it is still more than useless since it is in use, regardless of if it is the intended use

ILikeTobacco said,

+1 if you read the article it very clearly points out that it is not useless. if a single person used is using it, it has a use.

A company can't continue to support a product for just a few users. Those programmers have to be paid, better to use them on something a lot more people will use.

TRC said,

A company can't continue to support a product for just a few users. Those programmers have to be paid, better to use them on something a lot more people will use.

I agree, democracy has spoken.

I do not get these replies. Obviously it is my opinion I said it. One does not need to explicitly state "in my opinion ....."

Having said that, Google obviously agrees with me.

TRC said,

A company can't continue to support a product for just a few users. Those programmers have to be paid, better to use them on something a lot more people will use.

My comments have nothing to do with if its financially sound to keep the product around. I was just pointing out the already clear contradiction of the OP's comments to the facts.

Magallanes said,

I agree, democracy has spoken.

No; it has not. Wave was (pretty much) by invite only, so far fewer people had the opportunity to use Wave than had the opportunity to use GMail when *it* was in beta (in fact, while I was invited to GMail, and even to Google Voice, I was left out of the beta of Wave). While Wave had great buzz (lots of chatter about it) Wave had little actual exposure (as I stated plainly, less exposure than even Voice, let alone GMail). Suppose it were Google Docs (or even all of Google Apps) with this little exposure? In fact, why not roll Wave *into* Apps?