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Google Sidewiki
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Original author(s) Google Inc.
Developer(s) Google Inc.
Initial release September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux, Mac OS X
Platform Google Chrome Extension, Google Toolbar, bookmarklet (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari)
Available in English

Google Sidewiki is a browser extension which allows users to make and view comments about a given website, providing feedback and information, and discussing a page's content in a separate browser frame. The contributed comments are editable by the users who made them. It was launched September 23rd, 2009.[1]

Google uses ranking algorithms to determine comment relevancy and usefulness using criteria such as users voting up and down a comment, and past users' contributions. Anyone can look up a contributor and, from accumulated entries on the user's Google profile, verify the contributor's credibility. Sidewiki is available for Internet Explorer and Firefox through Google Toolbar, and the Google Chrome browser through an add-on. For other browsers like Safari it is available as a bookmarklet.

Sidewiki allows users to interact with a web site in ways that the site owner cannot control, which has concerned some critics of the application, as there is no way for site owners to prevent people from commenting in a Sidewiki entry for a page.[2][3]



Simple English

Google Sidewiki is an online service from Google launched on September 23, 2009.[1] Google Sidewiki is an extension for web browser. You have Sidewiki for Internet Explorer and Firefox through Google Toolbar.[2] You have Sidewiki for Google Chrome browser through an add-on. You have Sidewiki for other browsers like Safari as a bookmarklet.[3] When you visit a website with Google Sidewiki you can press on Sidewiki button. It opens a window where you can read comments or write your owncomments. The owner of this website can not stop you.[4][5]



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