Thursday, August 5, 2010

Is Google about to sell-out the net neutrality cause? Google also decides to end development of Wave

This story in tomorrow's (this morning for those reading this on Thursday) New York Times may have a major impact on the issue net neutrality. For publishers, many of whom have felt the issue does not concern them, this could lead to a day when the Internet becomes only a format for the well-to-do media companies.

Broadband issues effect everything from websites to RSS feeds that go in mobile and tablet publishing products -- not to mention audio and video. This is the quiet issue that ultimately could force European countries to split off from U.S. dominance of the Internet, as well as forcing a slowing in web and mobile development. But many publishers have been sitting on the sidelines, assuming in error that the issue is not of importance to them.

Google is killing Wave, the collaboration tool that seemed to have huge potential, but was frankly a pain in the rear to work with.

I was a fairly early beta tester myself but just couldn't get my arms around the product. The idea of live editing and commenting (and we do mean live) made sense. It was certainly better thought out than Buzz.

Nonetheless, Google writes on its own blog that despite t"numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. 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."

Finally, Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow writes "Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web."

Let's hope Google decides to live up to its own mission of "do no evil" -- see story #1 above.