Add Wave to Lively, Jaiku, Dodegball, Mashup, Nexus One and Notebook — all products that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has given up on. The company, which launched its Wave communications service to great fanfare a year ago, saying it would bridge “divides between different types of communication,” including e-mail and IM, now says it will stop “developing Wave as a standalone product.”
Google says Wave “has not seen the user adoption we would have liked.” Indeed, while Wave was laden with praise from the technorati when it debuted, it confused everyday users who didn’t quite understand what it was supposed to be used for.
The decision by Google to pull the product is quite the come around; Wave was a favorite project of co-founder Sergey Brin and the company even purchased AppJet in late December for a reported “low eight figures” in part to bulk up the Wave team.
Google says employees working on Wave will “continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web.” The speculation is that they’ll be working on Google’s new social networking project.