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Google on Wednesday launched Sidewiki, a Web annotation tool that serves as a comment forum for Web pages. Sidewiki ranks entries according to their relevance, as determined by Google's own algorithm. It will also place those comments on Web pages that carry the information which sparked the comments. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar. It is being released as a feature of the Google Toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer, and it will also be available in Chrome and other browsers.
I am looking forward to using the Google Sidewiki, however I don't know what infrastructure Google has built into the Sidewiki to prevent spamming and negative comments. Also, a wiki is generally defined as a collaborative tool, so not sure if comments on comments is exactly collaborative, but let's see what happens with the Sidewiki and where Google takes this.
Mr. Adhikari touched upon some of the concerns about Sidewiki towards the end of his article but my concerns are much greater.
I use Google a lot. I do not like this latest intrusion into web site ownership. This has the potential to be like unwelcome graffiti that you can't erase. Comments will only be deleted by Google at your request if Google decides they are "bad" comments. Apparently links to competing sites are "good". As are complaints that the content is useless, false, misleading or dumb.
The web has been very good at harassment. Although Sidewiki does not allow anonymous posts, soon the junk will begin.
My comment to Google: "Get out of my house! And get off my web site!"