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

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