Google’s decision to pull its Wave product is actually being contested by angry users.
Google Wave users have set up a protest site to persuade the global advertising giant not to abandon the collaborative messaging platform, following last week’s decision to halt development of the tool.
Pulling the plug on Wave miffed developers in Australia which apparently was behind the development of the tool.
Wave helped groups collaborating on projects to embed rich content such as documents, maps and images into message threads. Although the numbers of users were too small for Google’s taste, apparently they were loyal.
Now a website called savegooglewave is pleading with the company to rethink its future. As you would expect it is packed with over the top comments by people who seem to have no sense of perspective.
One quote said that a user was “devastated” when they heard the news that the tool was to be closed. Goodness knows what they would be left to feel if a close relative died.
“Google Wave is an invaluable tool that we use every day to keep track and collaborate on projects (in real-time). Please help us to keep it alive and spread the word,” one of the faithful said.
The site has already recorded 23,199 “likes” and 939 Twitter followers. The site is already popular but when we had a look this morning it was actually down. Visitors are asked to retweet its message in order to “get some attention” and suggests they wear t-shirts and badges to spread the word. We guess the world would be “wave is supported by those with no dress sense.”
“If Google still feels compelled to curtail its investment in Wave, we request that it is not fully abolished but continued with a lower level of support. Finally, if you still remain convinced that this service has no future, we earnestly hope that you will take steps to make all source code for the service, development tools and other applications based on Wave technology be provided to the user community under an appropriate open source license,” the petition says.
Google has said that it will incorporate some of Wave’s features into other Google products such as Gmail and Google Docs.