Google Wave was once the hot, new, exciting thing from Google. When it first came out, I remember hesitating before jumping into it because I was having difficultly understanding just what, exactly, Google Wave was supposed to be used for. Personally, I found the interface to be counterintuitive. I recall hearing people say “I’m on Google Wave. Now… what do I do with it?”.
It seems that I wasn’t the only one who was confused about what to do with Google Wave. Over a year ago, Google decided to stop developing Google Wave as a separate product. In November of 2011, Google sent an email to users of Google Wave that included specific dates that they had selected for ending the maintenance period for this product, as they worked towards shutting down Google Wave forever.
Right now, you can still access Google Wave, but it is in read-only mode, and cannot be added to. I got an email from Google today that was a reminder that they will turn off Google Wave, for good, on April 30, 2012. Wave goodbye as Google Wave rides off into the sunset.
As I said, I never managed to find much of a use for Google Wave. If you did, then you need to be aware that you can continue to export individual waves using the PDF export feature until Google Wave is turned off. Exporting it will allow you to keep that information, even after Google Wave is gone. It is recommended that you export your data from Google Wave before April 30, 2012.
Google also has some suggestions about other things that you can use in case you find yourself grieving the loss of Google Wave. Both of them are open source projects. One is Apache Wave, which has just entered its incubation period. When Google announced that they would stop developing Google Wave, it handed it over to the Apache Software Foundation.
The other is Walkaround, which is made by Google. There is an experimental feature in Walkaround that will let you import all of your waves from Google Wave. The feature has some limitations but, some users might find this option to be better for them than downloading their wave in a PDF format would be. If you cannot bear the thought of having the information you posted on Google Wave disappear, there are options that will allow you to keep it.
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