<< by Janet Driscoll Miller on September 24th, 2009
Yesterday Google unleashed its new product, Sidewiki — a way to allow website visitors to essentially leave comments and commentary in various formats on any given web page on any site. Google’s official blog describes Sidewiki as:
Today, we’re launching Google Sidewiki, which allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage.
Here’s an example of how Sidewiki looks on web page:
The Sidewiki appears on the left side of the page, in the large box I’ve outlined in red. Notice how I was able to leave a comment, even on a very specific sentence on the site (highlighted in yellow) at right. Users with Sidewiki enabled can leave comments on an entire page or even just a few sentences — similar to how you might add comments in a Microsoft Word document. You can also share your comments via a link, email, Twitter or Facebook.
But like Google Knol, I’m of the opinion that Google Sidewiki is simply a new shiny object that will lose its luster in the future. Here are my three top hurdles to mass Google Sidewiki adoption: