Google intended the messaging program, launched in 2009, to be a near-replacement for e-mail, which it said had grown tired.
But on Wednesday 4th August, the company announced that it is shuttering the project by the end of the year because it didn’t have traction with consumers.
“We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone 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.”
The post does not say how many people signed up for or used Google Wave. The code for some of Wave’s innovative features — like instant messages that were sent letter-by-letter as a person typed — has been made available to the public and could be incorporated into future projects, Google says.
But from the start, Google says, engineers at the company were unsure how the product would be perceived by real Internet users.
“We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication,” the company’s blog says.
Many people who tried Wave found the service to be complicated and confusing.