Thursday, September 24, 2009

Google Unveils Tool to Annotate Web Sites - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

History repeats…

Google is rolling out a new service on Wednesday that will allow users to post notes alongside Web sites that can be read by other users. The service, called Sidewiki, will be a new feature of the Google Toolbar, a popular browser add-on.

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The idea of a service to annotate Web sites has been around for a decade. Back in the Web 1.0 days, a start-up called Third Voice allowed people to post unmoderated comments on sites. After receiving some initial buzz in 1999, the company changed its model a year later and eventually shut down its service altogether in 2001. Some Web site operators complained that the comments were nothing more than Web graffiti.

Google Unveils Tool to Annotate Web Sites - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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