I am here to say what many of us were thinking but just haven’t said out loud — Google dropped the ball on Google Wave in such an enormous manner. When they recently pulled the plug on the Google Wave project, they took what could have been a tremendous tool to help people learn and teach and they threw it all away.
There was a lot of potential in the Google Wave concept. Businesses could use a platform that can seamlessly integrate e-mail, instant messaging, blogging, office productivity, and collaboration in a single tool. The unique aspects of Wave communications, combined with the fact that it was a cloud-based service that users could access from anywhere, gave the service promise.
We had a really good time communicating with one another and making plans, but to me it soon became apparent that the project was going nowhere. David put it quite well in that very article.
Did Google realize they really didn’t have a Blackboard or Basecamp killer and are letting Wave drown in dryness?
Did Google realize people want more administrative Wave control — like removing people from a Wave and making Waves private instead of public-by-default… because anyone you added could add someone else?
We bid you farewell, Google Wave — and we sincerely hope that something bigger and better will come along soon. Maybe even something that attempts to explain its existence or how to properly use it? I don’t think that’s asking too much.