Earlier today, Google sent out an email to all Google Wave users, stating that the product has been put in read-only mode and would shut down on April 30, 2012. However, did you notice anything strange in the email? If not, go check that email again. Google has misspelled the name of its own product as “Google Wage” instead of “Google Wave”. Well, looks like the Google Wave team is under high distress!
Although Google hasn’t responded to this yet, but users across the Web claim that this is just a PR faux pas. It definitely looks very unprofessional, and it is most likely a typo because of the close proximity of the “g” and “v” keys on the keyboard. Users buzzed Twitter with jokes about this embarrassing event, and even created a Twitter hash tag – #googlewage
— Christine (@thechristinecg) March 19, 2012
Nd I thought they just started off a new dept. to fire such mails, although it made no sense but a possibility is a possibility #googleWage
— Aman Nigam (@thappadkhaale) March 20, 2012
What did Google learn? Unwaged interns can be harmful to business. #googleWage
— D (@devanzhi) March 20, 2012
As the email indicates, this is a reminder email from Google about the shutdown of Google Wave. Google announced over a year ago that development on Wave was ceasing, and the product would be shut down by the end of April, 2012.
More than a year ago we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. Back in November 2011, we shared the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. Google Wave is now in read-only mode. This is reminder that the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.
If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.
For more details, please see our help center.
The Wave Team
© 2012 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google Wave account.
Please note that once Google Wave shuts down, users will be unable to read or retrieve anything on its servers.