Google Waves Goodbye To Wave…Should They Do The Same To Google+?

Google Announces The Sunset For Google Wave. They Should Probably Turn The Lights Out On Google Plus TooThis morning I received a very cute email in my Inbox from Google. This is what it said:

Dear Wavers,

More than a year ago, we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time, we committed to maintaining the site at least through to the end of 2010. Today, we are sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.

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.

For more details, please see our help center.

Yours sincerely,

The Wave Team

Um…did everyone forget to tell Google that GWave died about 2 years ago? Are they just now getting around to turning out the lights? Maybe they intended to send this message about Google+ and forgot to change the name from “Google Wave” to “Google+”?

Heads up, Google! Not only is Google Wave dead, Google+ died a hard death, as well. Save the server space, don’t waste any more electricity or data center space, just turn out the lights on Google+, as well. Here, you can use this form letter to send the announcement:

Dear Plusers,

More than a year ago, we announced that Google+ would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time, we committed to maintaining the site at least through to the end of 2011. Today, we are sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all circles will be read-only, and the Hangout service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google+ service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.

If you would like to continue using Google+, there are a number of alternative projects, including Facebook and Twitter.

For more details, please see our help center.

Yours sincerely,

The Google+ Team

Am I wrong?

  • Lisa Sharp

    No, I don’t think you are wrong. I think Google tried to give us what was good about FB and what was good about Twitter. And as much as I really wanted to like Google+… I’m just not feelin it. They’re not giving us something we can’t get elsewhere.

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      Yeah, I always felt that Google+ was just another “me too” social network, trying to mimic Facebook and Twitter. While they had the signups, since every GMail was technically a member, they never got the adoption. I’d love for Google to come up with a social network that is unique and innovate, but G+ just wasn’t that.

      Thanks for the comment, Lisa!

      –Sean

  • http://www.nitrointeractivemarketing.com/ Jed @ Los Angeles SEO

    Seems to me that Google introduce so much stuff, half of which they expect will fail anyway. Then again, they’re not really suffering for it!

  • http://webnextgroup.com/ Greg Vaughan

    Well sorry but no you couldn’t be more wrong about this and time will show… Google plus and the underlying architecture make it the most powerful social platform for the business world that is available at the moment bar none… and it is here to stay…

    The problem that it is having is the mis-conception that it is a Facebook competitor… look closer it isn’t at all… Facebook has 500Million nobodies talking about their breakfast it offers very few ACTUAL benefit to business large and small for many reasons… not the least of which that it is 99% noise…

    Both of us have made strong statements and one of us is Thomas Watson… cheers

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      Greg,

      I actually hope you’re right. So far, I don’t see anything on G+ that I don’t see on Facebook or Twitter, both of which are rich social networks for me. I hope Google has something bigger in store for G+ and aren’t just using it as another test bed, like they did with Wave.

      If they’re going to do something with it, they need to do it fast as the longer they wait, the more challenging it will be to convince the public that they aren’t just trying to mimic the other social channels.

      Time will tell…

      Cheers!

      –Sean

    • Frank

      I don’t get what point people who make this argument think they’re making. ‘Facebook doesn’t do anything for businesses,’ what you think they’re going to open up a website for watching commercials? You think people with social lives are excited to hear sales pitches? All G+ has is dorks who think they represent some significant portion of the population or have some kind of economic promise behind them. And it’s turning into a lesson of harsh reality, technerds have as much social power on the internet as they have in the real world, none, and there’s no point in Google spending a lot of money to attach a social website to my Gmail account when I’m not going to use it and they’re not going to make any of that money back.

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