The Final Days for Google Wave Have Arrived: Read-Only Now, To Be Turned Off in April


Google Wave once looked like it could become Google's next big thing, but in the end, the service was too complicated and never developed enough of an active following. Just a few weeks after coming out of beta in August 2010, Google announced that it would stop developing Wave. Since then, though, Wave was still available for new users and there was still some limited activity on the service. Starting today, however, Wave is moving one step close to its grave as waves are now read-only, just as Google announced back in November 2011.

Wave screen 360On April 30, 2012, Google will turn the service off completely. Wave will live on as the Wave Protocol (now under control of the Apache Foundation) and on a number of experimental services.

Maybe Wave' most lasting legacy (besides the infamous 80-minute demo at Google I/O 2009) is that it, at least according to Google's own story, taught the company quite a few lessons it incorporated into its far more successful Google+.

When it was first unveiled, Google called it an "unbelievable product." Sadly, users never quite warmed up to the service and the core team that was behind it is actually now scattered among other Silicon Valley companies, including Facebook.

Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters. You can reach him at [email protected]


  1. Users who did warm up for the Wave are its legacy ) is a start-up exploring Wave’s riches

Leave a Reply