Google Sidewiki – web annotations let you comment on anything
An interesting new project from Google – sidewikis – allow you to comment on anything online.
You first need to use Mozilla or IE extension then you can click on the icon and whatever page you’re on, a comment box or sidewiki will open up and let you leave a little remark. See the picture above…You can comment on the page generally, or highlight a particular section of text and comment on that specifically. Give your comment a title as well as body text.
To make it work:
You need either Mozilla or Internet Explorer and a google account, either a gmail address or a google profile. (easy to set up).
1. Download the sidewiki extension from either mozzilla or Internet explorer
2. Install the google toolbar including the sidewiki button
3. Go to any public webpage and click the sidewiki icon on the toolbar
4. The sidewiki pops up and asks you to sign in to your google account or register for one
5. Now signed in, you can leave a comment.
You know those sites where they won’t let you comment…? Now you can. Anywhere.
This could change PR and in fact, journalism quite significantly if any given text can be layered over with these web annotations. It could be extremely useful – along the lines of the Wikipedia model – with corrections and extra information layered on top of any given article.
What do you think of this new Google sidewikis?