This is a demonstration of some of the key features of Sidewiki, Google’s system for leaving public comments on any web page. I’m paying particular attention to how your Sidewiki comments can be brought into other systems. Your comments automatically appear in your Google profile. You can also automatically post to Blogger if you choose. I also demonstrate entering a Webmaster’s comment, which is given a highlighted prime position at the top of the comments list.
Background information on the development and philosophy of Sidewiki is available on Google’s announcement post:
With Google Sidewiki you can add public notes to web pages. Sidewiki is part of the Google Toolbar and can be enabled and disabled as needed.
You can vote up helpful notes.
You can find out more about a note’s author by clicking through to their profile.
In my profile you can see the notes I’ve made so far and get an RSS feed of the notes.
Here I’ve got the feed appearing in my blog.
If you follow a link in the feed you get back to the original page where the comment was made.
Here’s where I commented on a BuzzMachine article.
And you can choose to see everyone’s comments – not just mine.
I really like the way the page scrolls to show which text comments refer to.
Comments can be made about snippets of text as well as the article as a whole.
Here I’m leaving a comment about Rapla. An open source booking system that worked well for me.
As soon as I highlight some text an edit button appears in the sidebar.
Bear with me here while I find some text to paste.
And lets give it a nice title.
How about “Implementation at Oxford Medical Sciences Teaching Centre”.
At the bottom of the post you can set up links to your blogger account, and choose whether or not to post automatically. I’ve set up a demo blog so you can see this in action.
Once a comment is saved it can be sent to your social networks. I’m tweeting this one.
You get a pop-up twitter window, and the system generates a draft message for you.
Here it is on my Twitter profile.
If you’re the webmaster of a site you can leave a special comment that will always appear at the top of a page.
I’m setting this up for the home page of my Loosing Site blog. I’m already registered as the webmaster so I’m given an extra checkbox to write as the site’s owner.
My comment is then highlighted green and pushed to the top of the list.