Three months have passed since Google announced that they would discontinue development on Wave. From my post in August:
On August 4, 2010, Google announced that they were going to discontinue development on Google Wave. This came as a surprise to much of the community of users and supporters of Wave, and sparked an outpouring of commentary on the topic in the Blogosphere. These postings included how Google doesn't do Social Media, how Google botched the rollout of the system, and how Google did the right thing by cutting their losses. All of these missed one point: the value of the technology itself.
In these three months, the Wave in a Box project has made impressive strides, with the current version looking much like the main Google product (see also below). There is still a lot to do, but much has been accomplished. In addition, all the information has been consolidated in one place. This project is moving fast, as the plan is to have a fully functional open source WIAB server ready for general release by the end of 2010. I will continue to monitor (and contribute) and will post updates like this one on a regular basis.
The FedWave effort has made progress as well, with a Working Model of FedWave now operational in a limited mode. More information on this working model is in the FedWave group located here. You must apply for membership first at APAN.org. I will approve most requests for group access.
This virtual space is designed to facilitate online collaboration between different government agencies and with non-government entities as well. It has many different capabilities including blogs, wikis, document upload, and others. I selected this platform to enable collaboration with a wide group and to consolidate information in one place online. The site is a little sparse now, and I would welcome contributions and content.
Here is a current screenshot of the Working Model:
|FedWave Working Model as of 4 Nov 2010|
I have let a long time pass between posts, but I will work harder to post more frequently. As always, please enter your questions and comments below.