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  • Gerrit Eicker 16:56 on 23. September 2009 Permalink
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    Google Sidewiki 

    Google launched Google Sidewiki, a tool to comment and annotate web sites and web content anywhere; http://j.mp/1l3WeP

    • Gerrit Eicker 17:01 on 23. September 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Google Sidewiki … allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar, where you can read and write entries along the side of the page. … In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you’ll see the most relevant entries first. We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed. If you’re curious, you can read more on our Google Research Blog about the infrastructure we use for ranking all entries in real-time. … We’re releasing Google Sidewiki as a feature of Google Toolbar (for Firefox and Internet Explorer) and we’re working on making it available in Google Chrome and elsewhere too. We also have the first version of our API available today to let anyone work freely with the content that’s created in Sidewiki.

      TC: “Google says Sidewiki is absolutely separate from last year’s SearchWiki, and comments/votes won’t be aggregated. – Besides the sites I listed above, TechCrunch50 startup DotSpots, which launched publicly last week, is very similar to Sidewiki. Its no surpise, then, that Google VP Marissa Mayer liked Dotspots so much when it first demo’d in 2008: ‘It’s a really beautiful idea and I really like anything that pushes the web forward in that way.'”

      SEL: “Sidewiki feels like another swing at something Google seems to desperately desires – a community of experts offering high quality comments. Google says that’s something that its cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted more than a system for ranking web pages. They really wanted a system to annotate pages across the web. – Of course, there’s a way this already happens, through existing commenting system that many sites have. Google may produce unease in some quarters by pushing its own would-be universal commenting system (through an API, anyone can have Sidewiki comments be embedded into their actual pages). Others tired of moderation and spam fighting may feel relieve that Google might provide more relevant comments.”

      NYT: “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.Of course, Google’s Sidewiki will have an advantage over its predecessors: wide distribution. The company’s toolbar is used by millions of people.

    • Gerrit Eicker 20:47 on 23. September 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jarvis: “I see danger. – Google is trying to take interactivity away from the source and centralize it. This isn’t like Disqus, which enables me to add comment functionality on my blog. It takes comments away from my blog and puts them on Google. That sets up Google in channel conflict vs me. It robs my site of much of its value (if the real conversation about WWGD? had occurred on Google instead of at Buzzmachine, how does that help me?). On a practical level, only people who use the Google Toolbar will see the comments left using it and so it bifurcates the conversation and puts some of it behind a hedge. Ethically, this is like other services that tried to frame a source’s content or that tried to add advertising to a site via a browser (see the evil Gator, which lost its fight vs publishers).

      RWW: “The sorting algorithm and Sidewiki’s ability to display notes about the same topic on various sites make Sidewiki somewhat unique. … For some popular sites that haven’t been annotated yet, Google will also pop up a notification that comments exist, but the sidebar will actually be filled with related blog posts, which is another feature that makes Google stand out from the competition in this field.”

      VB: “It’s too soon to tell if Sidewiki will be a hit, but it’s a safe bet that the usual bloggerati will jostle for position among the Sidewiki entries for Google’s homepage. Let’s take a look … hmm … Michael Gray … Danny Sullivan … Michael Arrington … I’m guessing Scoble hasn’t checked Techmeme yet this morning.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 09:31 on 9. September 2009 Permalink
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    Google Wave has a WordPress plugin already: Wavr is easily embedding Waves in blog posts; http://j.mp/11bMR6

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:28 on 18. August 2009 Permalink
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    LLMedia API 

    Linden Lab releases its LLMedia API, which lets developers create plugins for the SL Viewer; http://bit.ly/1Y20jn

  • Gerrit Eicker 08:48 on 17. May 2009 Permalink
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    Six Apart Goes WordPress Plugins! 

    Six Apart services AntiSpam, Media, TypePad Connect, Blogs.com become available for WordPress users; http://tr.im/lz6y

    • Gerrit Eicker 08:53 on 17. May 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Six Apart: “At Six Apart, we love making the web better and more connected, and we want to help all publishers succeed, regardless of what tools they use. We believe in the power of blogging, and that’s why we’ve got a whole bunch of powerful services available for WordPress users: TypePad AntiSpam, Six Apart Media, TypePad Connect, Blogs.com and more. One simple plugin helps you get started.”

      NS: “The audience at Word Camp Mid-Atlantic drew a deep breath as Anil Dash, one of the co-founders of Six Apart a rival blogging platform delivered the keynote address. During the keynote he made a very sensational announcement. The screen lit up with a URL sixapart.com/wordpress which is like Microsoft having a place for Apple software on their website. – What Anil announced was that Six Apart is introducing plug-ins that word press and other blogging platform users can use TypePad AntiSpam, Six Apart Media, TypePad Connect, Blogs.com.”

      TC: “Perhaps this integration between the Six Apart and WordPress will help settle the peace between the competitors. And perhaps this is a strategic move on Six Apart’s side to integrate with WordPress, a widely popular platform in the blogging world. One thing is for certain – it’s a blessing for many WordPress bloggers, who will now be able to use the plugin to access some of the useful features of SixApart without having to switch platforms. WordPress offers its own free and paid features for bloggers including a stats system and the commenting and spam technology Akismet (which TechCrunch uses).”

      RWW: “This is big news and akin to Apple releasing software that runs on Windows. Six Apart should be commended for choosing a very grassroots-type WordPress event to make this announcement and we think this is a good way to introduce its services to bloggers on other platforms.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 14:01 on 1. May 2009 Permalink
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    Automattic’s BuddyPress transforms installations of WordPress MU into a social network; http://tr.im/kc6e  

    • Gerrit Eicker 14:02 on 1. May 2009 Permalink | Reply

      BP: “BuddyPress is a suite of WordPress plugins and themes, each adding a distinct new feature. BuddyPress contains all the features you’d expect from WordPress but aims to let members socially interact. … As all BuddyPress plugins are independant, they can be used in two different ways. All of the plugins could be used to create a complete social network from scratch, or you could use specific plugins to add desirable features to your existing blog network.”

      TC: “But there’s also a catch to BuddyPress for the time being: To install it, you have to be using WordPress MU, the multiple-user variety of the blogging software that is a bit more complicated to set up and is used much less than traditional WordPress. But Mullenweg’s comment that BuddyPress ‘currently requires‘ WordPress MU, would seem to indicate that eventually it will roll out to the larger WordPress community as well.”

      VB: “WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg told TechCrunch that BuddyPress is like a sort of ‘Facebook in a box’ a few weeks ago, and the new plugin sort of is, considering its features. To further that analogy, there’s another plugin that lets you invite friends from Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo and more. And Facebook Connect integration is already available so you can sign in using your Facebook identity.”

      Mashable: “If there is anyone that can make it work, it’s Automattic, who already powers more of the top 100 blogs in the world than anyone else. Some of those, as well as other popular blogs hungry for more page views, may very well be looking for a solution like BuddyPress, that can keep readers on their sites for longer, engaging both around the content and with each other.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 12:31 on 9. April 2009 Permalink
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    BackType Connect for WordPress 

    BackType announced the availability of a new BackType Connect plugin for standalone WordPress blogs; http://tr.im/iuV3  

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