The story behind discontinuation of Google Wave

1.4.2014 Simon Bradley
The discontinuation of Google Wave was indeed self-made. Really…? People feel that it was far ahead of the times, with so many features clubbed together, which are not allowing the system to properly function. Wave was a platform for real time exchange of texts and included other communication paraphernalia. It was born in San Francisco in 2009, before a waving and cheering crowd of developers, and was claimed to be a new benchmark in Internet connectivity.

Some of the features of Wave real time texting was awesome: like dragging your text from desktop, to participate in a forum. Real Time texting got a new definition when the Wave sported character by character typing to be updated on the recipient's screen. Initially, the wave created a wave indeed, attracting a number of users, like TeleCrunchers, who were more than passionate about the Wave format, and its features. However the adoption rate by users soon fell drastically and Google, whose products' for the most part were successful, were unable to fathom why their brainchild failed in this instance.

The main reason for its failure, it has been cited, was in the futuristic features that it brought to a developing scenario and was unable to prop these features sufficiently leading to a bust. Unfortunately some of its features though indeed innovative, found no takers in the short run of its existence itself and had to call it a day.

The reasons for the failure is still a mystery, as to why users fail to adopt a novel and innovative platform to develop their own interacting communication system. It is indeed peculiar to note that the features of Wave like drag and drop text from desktops or live character by character typing visible on the screen are now available in open sourcing, and are being used extensively.

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