Google Wave is a product that helps users communicate and collaborate on the web. A "wave" is equal parts conversation and document, where users can almost instantly communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. Google Wave is also a platform with a rich set of open APIs that allow developers to embed waves in other web services and to build extensions that work inside waves.
It's been a year since developers were underwhelmed by the first release of the Google Plus API. The search engine's nascent social network has gained in popularity and even improved its developer tools, but it is still lacking the main feature many developers request--a writable Google Plus API.
Google Wave was seen as one of the spectacular failures of 2010. While the product did not find resonance with the users, the underlying technology that was used in it has been winding its way to acceptance ranging from getting incubated in Apache and a new offering from Google labs named Google Shared Spaces.
Active development on Google Wave, a collaboration tool that used features of email, chat and document sharing, has been shut down. Google announced that the chief reason for discontinuing Wave was the low user adoption. The platform will live on within other Google projects, as well as the many portions of Wave that have been open sourced.
The latest news surrounding Google Wave is the release of a prototype server for the Google Wave Federation Protocol that allows developers to set up their own wave services. In essence, Google has released a federation port for Google Wave's developer instance, allowing developers to start working with federating waves against the Google Wave Sandbox.
Google has just opened the gates to a public preview of Google Wave to a lucky 100,000 users. This is big news for developers as anticipation for the release of invites continued to build up over the last few days. Google Wave is still trending in Twitter.
Earlier today Google announced the release of Sidewiki, a universal web page commenting system that allows anyone with the Google Toolbar to add comments and feedback on any web page. The web is abuzz with the news. The video included below gives a good overview of how Sidewiki works.
If you're interested in learning more about the new Google Wave platform and API we covered last month, then take a look at this new post on the Google Wave Developer Blog from Google's Pamela Fox. It discusses a recent Wave API hackathon that occurred shortly after the Google I/O conference.
During the keynote presentation today at Google I/O, Google announced the private beta release of Wave (our Google Wave API Profile), a new online communication and collaboration tool that allows for real time information exchange and much more.