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Google’s new offering – SideWiki

December 27, 2009

googleDid you get a chance to see the latest offering from Google?

This is called SideWiki.

After the first 2 – 3 days of using it I feel that it is inspired by the latest phenomenon on the internet – Micro Blogging.

Twitter is today the hottest topic on the internet and it has redefined what Micro Blogging is. But with its extensive publicity and usage, Twitter has become more of a spamming tool than anything else. By this I do not mean that it has become a complete waste of time. Though most of the messages that you get at Twitter are more of spam, there are quite a few informative messages as well. There are also a lot of people and Organizations that are doing a lot of business through Twitter. (Check out Dell’s Sales Figures)

In the days to come, SideWiki is going to another such talking point.

What is SideWiki?

This is how Google explains everything about SideWiki –

Google Sidewiki is a browser sidebar that enables you to contribute and read helpful information alongside any web page. It is available as a feature in Google Toolbar.

You can read more about it here at Google help pages.

I was pretty excited with this new tool from Google. In a layman’s language, SideWiki is a tool that gives you an option of writing about any website that you are browsing, or, any specific content on the pages that you are browsing.

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If you are wondering how this will help you, then let me tell you that I too was thinking on the same lines when I first saw this. After a bit of playing around with it, I could figure out a few very helpful things with this.

Voicing your opinion

Quite often we come across websites that you feel like leaving a feedback on. But a lot of these websites do not give you an option of doing this. If this is a blog and the feedback or, comment that you want to post is negative, then be prepared to be moderated out by the blogger. In all such situations, you are frustrated at the fact that you cannot write that feedback or, comment and neither are you able to share it with your friends and other like-minded readers.

SideWiki now resolves this problem for you. Now you can write anything that you want about any website that you are reading or, for that matter any part of the content in the website.

Easy sharing of your comments

A lot of times after I had commented on a blog or, a website, I have felt the need to post that same comment onto my Twitter account. I have always wanted to share the information with others. But there was no option for that. After I started using SideWiki, I got to see that this tool gave me and option of sharing the comment that I had written, with my Twitter friends, Facebook friends etc. It was a one click sharing and I loved it.

SideWiki was an interesting change for me. I loved the new tool from Google and am still researching more and more useful things with it.

You can check it out if you have installed the latest toolbar from Google.

Don’t forget to leave your comments about this new tool.

About the author 

Dilip Kumar  -  

My name is Dilip. I am a fan of the internet and love the many opportunities that the world wide web provides. If used constructively , the internet can give you an opportunity to lead a life free of the 9-5 treadmill and will be able to give more time to your family members. Read about internet entrepreneurship at my blog.

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