You have until year end to export your Google Waves
August 31, 2010
Google says that it plans to keep the site for Google Wave online "at least" through the end of 2010, and existing users will be able to export their waves before the whole thing turns into a pumpkin. The news comes as a relief to the small group of users who actually utilized Wave during its short lifespan; those who want Wave to live on will be disappointed by Google’s determination to shut off the service.
Google introduced Wave in May of 2009 as a way for users to collaborate using a plethora of media capabilities. Some users were cautiously optimisticâthe concept was certainly a unique one and it had some potential to change how we communicate online. Others felt that the implementation was half-baked, the UI was complex and ugly, and most users simply couldn’t figure out what it was. There were lots of reasons not to use it, and Google finally pulled the plug on the project in early August.
Immediately following the announcement that Wave was no more, some passionate fans started putting together online petitions to beg Google to keep the project around. Unfortunately for those people, Google isn’t giving in, but the company is throwing them a bone by letting them export their waves through the end of the year.
Google Wave team member Lars Rasmussen wrote that the team is still "working on plans," which may include extending Wave’s technology into other products or open sourcing more of the code. But in the meantime, "We’re grateful to all the people who have been using Wave and the partners and developers who have built on and improved the technology with us," Rasmussen wrote.
This post has been written by Jacqui Cheng on August 31, 2010 9:35 AM couresy of arstechnica.com.