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Moses [PersonRank 0]

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
8 years ago4,630 views

google.com/sidewiki/

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

It's Google Toolbar's feature.
More at
news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-103 ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Official Blog Post:

<< Today, we're launching Google Sidewiki, which allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar, where you can read and write entries along the side of the page.
[...]
We're releasing Google Sidewiki as a feature of Google Toolbar (for Firefox and Internet Explorer) and we're working on making it available in Google Chrome and elsewhere too. We also have the first version of our API available today to let anyone work freely with the content that's created in Sidewiki. >>

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Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

And searchengineland.com/google-si ...

Above 4 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

A pity there isn't a toolbarless version (I know I can hide the toolbar, but that ain't quite the same :/). Oh well, might use it none the less if it gets enough attention.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

There is even a leaderbord with Top Sidewiki authors.
google.com/sidewiki/leaderboar ...

George Entenman [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

I tried it but there's no way I could find to have a single toolbar with a sidewiki button and the Awesome bar and my 1Password button. Why not make a button that can go on the Firefox toolbar??? Others do it (e.g., Sharaholic).

So, like David Mulder, I will wait and see. Too bad – I like the idea a LOT!!

F. Andy Seidl [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

I'm a big Google fan. But I think, in this case, they may have been overly excited about releasing some (admittedly very cool) new technology and overlooked some of its implications.

I wrote about why I think so:

Google Sidewiki: Do [No?] Evil
faseidl.com/public/item/241498

Jayenkai [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

And, again, they've inexplicably missed their own browser.

If you're going to make me happily use your browser due to it's nice speedy javascript, at least give us a Javascript bookmark button that gives us the approximate functionality of the really cool toolbar functions.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Didn't they have something like that a few years ago that let's users comment on any pages? I think it's a browser add-on too. (Not Google Notebook)

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

[put at-character here]Haochi, I'm pretty sure they did, but I can't remember what it was called...

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Found it google.com/tools/firefox/webco ...

But apparently it only dealt with blogger posts...

/pd [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Google also says that they're "working on making it available in Google Chrome and elsewhere too."

/pd [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

interesting comments here

buzzmachine.com/2009/09/23/goo ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Inquisitr argues it's bad for bloggers because the discussion is being taken away from the blog: inquisitr.com/38979/googles-si ...

Then again, tools like Friendfeed also open up discussions on another site and it's often very useful, because you may want to discuss something with a certain group of people (say, I may want to discuss a YouTube video with a certain group I like, and not with random other passers-by on the YouTube video page). This seems to be one benefit Sidewiki doesn't offer at the moment, as you're basically again thrown in with random other people...

jrgndwvr [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

It looks like they are preparing us for Google Wave ... This is one of the examples I saw during the presentation of Wave a few months ago.

sidewiki [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

people might spam with their comments… but i am already a fan of it… feel it might really help people on Ecomm sites

[Link removed – Tony]

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Digital Inspiration developed a tool and a bookmarklet to view Sidewiki without installing the Google Toolbar and without sharing a link. You cannot write new Sidewiki entries with the tool: digitalinspiration.com/tools/g ...

Use Google Sidewiki without the Google Toolbar
labnol.org/internet/google-sid ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

So his title "Use Google Sidewiki without the Google Toolbar" is wrong, because you cannot use the half of sidewiki...

PS: This feature is already full of spam :-|

Stuart [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

[put at-character here]David Mulder:

I wrote a toolbarless version you can get from here: designmeme.com/sidewinder/

Yhancik [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

It especially reminds me a lot of wikalong.org/ (well I guess it's the "wiki on the side" idea ;))

Floris Fiedeldij Dop [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

Ridiculous.

a) requires toolbar
b) inserts into web site (as far as end user concerns)
c) site owner can't delete content
d) site owner is now forced to play moderator again
e) great for competition, trolls, users who got banned, etc ..
f) can't opt-out

An API an opt-in instead of being forced-in and can't opt-out.

Ridiculous.

Rob McCance [PersonRank 1]

8 years ago #

I like the intent of this APP but unless you set up a group of users, it's going to be spotty at best.

Also, that's a lot of "stuff" all over the window.

All that said, it sounds really cool and I'm going to try it.

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