Looks like Wave will be gone as of January. From Google:
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.
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krypted November 23rd, 2011
For the first time today I had a chance to sit down and tinker around with Google Wave. And I have to say that if you remove all that hype that I think it’s a really cool tool. What is Google Wave? Apparently it’s a “Real Time Collaboration Platform.” OK, so what does that mean exactly?!?! Well, let’s break it down. Wave uses, well, waves. A Wave is kinda’ like a thread, or a project according to how you choose to use Wave. For now, I see a few main uses:
Whatever you are using Google Wave for, you can take a Wave and insert it into a web page. This allows you to embed your collaborative conversation into web sites. And Wave is open source, so expect the innovation (and Google hopes, the adoption as well) to continue. One thing is for sure, using YouTube, Picasa, gMail and other Google tools is a much more streamlined workflow than using local files, or other online situations, etc. This is typical for vendors and not in the least bit to take anything away from Wave. If you have centralized on using Google stuff for other aspects of your organization then Wave is just another tool that, in some ways can be used to bridge the gap between instant messaging, file sharing, project management, document management, etc; in short, collaboration.
But keep in mind, it’s a “preview” solution. Google is still working the bugs out. You still can’t get an account without an invitation. In short, Wave is in beta testing. And my own perspective is also in beta testing. More as I experiment with these Gadgets and such… And if you’ve found other strategies that are working for you, please feel free to comment here!
krypted November 3rd, 2009