Google's AppJet Open-Sources EtherPad, Invites Users to Google Wave
AppJet, the collaboration startup Google acquired two weeks ago today, Dec. 17 released the code to its EtherPad real-time document editing application. However, AppJet's servers have been pounded by traffic since Google bought the company Dec. 4, so new pad creation may need to be shut down sooner than the March 31, 2010 termination date. AppJet is already trying to push users to Google Wave, sending EtherPad users Google Wave invitations Dec. 18.AppJet, the collaboration startup Google acquired two weeks ago today, Dec. 17 released its EtherPad code and sent its users invitations to try Google Wave. Former AppJet CEO and newly minted Google employee Aaron Iba said the code will let developers glean EtherPad's real-time inducing algorithms and run their own EtherPad servers so that the "functionality can live on even after we shut down etherpad.com."
Google acquired AppJet Dec. 4 to augment its Google Wave real-time collaboration platform, which lets users send e-mail and instant messages, share files, network with other users, and co-edit documents in real time. Google's goal is to fortify Wave's document editing capabilities with EtherPad, AppJet's app for letting users edit word processing documents, Web pages, PDFs and plain text files, in real-time sessions called pads.
"As an EtherPad user, we thought you might be interested in trying out the preview of Google Wave. Like EtherPad, Google Wave lets you collaborate on rich text in really real-time. It also does a bunch of useful things that EtherPad does not do, such as organizing your waves in an inbox. Although Google Wave is only in a preview phase, we think you might still find it useful."Google is rolling out Wave to more than one million users months after seeding it with 100,000 users Sept. 30. Users complained that they wanted more friends with which to Wave, so Google complied.