Only a year after launching its 'Wave' communication project, Google has decided to pull the plug on Google Wave since very few people understood the new communication platform, reported CNET.
Google Wave is a real-time collaboration tool aiming to combine various forms of online communication. It includes email, instant messaging and social networking features to help users work together. The tool was launched last year with a great deal of hype around it. In fact, invitations were selling for up to $70 on eBay at one point, but Google says it attracted very few users after going public earlier this year.Wave was launched in a beta version and its primary feature is to let users collaborate in real time, using an in-box-like interface that resembles a mix of Google's Gmail Web mail service, and its Docs and Spreadsheets product. Each strand of messages, that include text, links, and photos is called a wave.
Several users felt the software was too complicated, and even its developers admitted that they had trouble getting used to it.
"Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked," a Google executive said in a blog post.
"We don't plan to continue developing Wave as a stand-alone product, but we will maintain the site, at least through the end of the year, and extend the technology for use in other Google projects."