Google Wave is dead, long live Wave.

Unfortunately a black cloud has emerged over the wavy Ocean.
Most of you will have heared about in the last days, Google kills his arousing Google Wave project.
This is a very sad fact and might really degrade the wave to a ripple, at least in respect of it’s popularity and the development speed of the client and server software.
But nevertheless the Google Wave Federation Protocol is fully open source and no one should underestimate the power of a growing developer community.
In the last month, we could see the first open source clients popping up in the open source community for all kinds of operating systems and all kinds of application types like desktop applications as well as web clients using the adobe air technology or simply Javascript & Servlet combinations.
Furthermore the official Google Wave Federation Prototype Server FedOne has reached the level, that it can be easily installed on every XMPP server which is XEP-0114 compatible.
All in all, the whole development process is well supported by the huge amount of source code Google is leaving for free access.
Although I can partialy understand this reaction of a profit oriented company like Google, I dissmiss the farsightedness in the planning phase of the project.
In the last years, we have seen the develpoment of plenty new types of communication platforms, beginning from the Email over Chats, Wikis, Forums, Blogs up to Facebook like community sites.
And everyone could observe the upcoming reluctance of the people to use another different client to stay in contact to the more and more parted friends using different communication platforms.
And unfortunately this is the only message, which reached the awarness of the general public. Ooh no, again another chat client or whatever.
But despite this frustrated ignorance and the much to short time Google has given for the acceptance of Google wave, they set up a whole new and highly flexibel standard for internet communication and collaboration. Now it’s up to the open source community to show the whole potential of this protocol or how it can be improved to match the users needs.
Wether this is by improving the clients, for example by building multiple protocol clients to manage the amounts of different platforms, or by providing new and interesting functionalities with the help of robots and gadgets.
Maybe this gives the wave protocol the chance it deserves and gives it the time it needs to be recognized as a independend and highly improved form of internet communication, which actually has the potential to merge the different plattforms and to unite people all over the world with more than simple textual content.

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