Thursday, September 24, 2009

Google launches Sidewiki

Yesterday Google released Google Sidewiki, which allows anyone with a Google account to post information or comments on a web site which would appear on the sidebar of your browser. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not yet. First thing I thought of is people abusing this to advertise stuff or just posting nonsense. Google and users can rank the comments posted so that should help that concern. We'll see what happens with this, as I think some companies don't want this on their site. To use Google Sidewiki you need to have Google Toolbar installed, and this only works in IE and Firefox right now.

From Google's blog post yesterday:
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.

In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you'll see the most relevant entries first. We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed.

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