Save the Wave?

There is a new bandwagon to jump on – a new cause growing in popularity. “Save Google Wave.” It has its own website. It has a Twitter account with a healthy following that has grown to more than 500 supporters. There are even buttons and T-shirts for those who want to jump on the bandwagon to reverse the impending doom of Google Wave.

Google recently announced the end of Google Wave, a service that has been around since last May and has failed to put up big numbers on the usage charts. It will no longer be available as a single product, but may be integrated in part into other upcoming projects. Google Wave is supposed to be out of commission by the end of the year, provided Google goes along with its original decision.

Google Wave’s user groups may be small in numbers, but they are a vocal lot. Their biggest concern seems to be the pending loss of real-time team collaboration by members scattered in many different locations. Google Wave allows musicians, scientists, authors and others the opportunity to download creative additions to a single group project that has restricted access to its members only. They can make comments and see suggestions and changes made by others in their group, but it is not viewable to the public.

One reason many believe Google has pulled the plug is because the Wave cannot compete with social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Apparently, the Save Google Wave enthusiasts are not looking for a new social media site, they are hoping to hang on to a unique service that shares few features with any other.

The Save the Wave movement may not actually save the Wave, but at the very least it has given it some much needed publicity and a little bit of love from its very tiny user community.

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