This was once a project to use CritLinkMediator WebAnnotation together with a Wiki. To archive the ideas, as inspiration and as starting point for new approaches, the original text of this page is factored out to AnnotationWikiArchive.
What about using and concentrating on GoogleSideWiki as a precursor of our earlier vision.
Big annotation systems with millions of users like ThirdVoice diminished into thin air due to economic conflicts, I suppose. Who can tell the story of their decline? This time only friendly, constructive, connection-seeking, mutual benefit-oriented members of social online communities are invited to annotate each other, plus siteowners, who invite annotations.
Why did WikAlong stagnate? I suppose, there was no social wiki community in it. Too much to annotate, no social coherence, no real community.
If the annotations would be routed to and filtered by topically engaged wiki communities, what a difference ....
Benefits for wiki users: they get
I see no Diggo or Trailfire annotations here. Have they been removed or broken? I'm still in the process of understanding annotations (and wikis as well!). I see annotations as a way of possibly moving the ThreadMode to a different plane (and server) allowing the DocumentMode to be more clearly and rigorously discussed without distracting a reader of the document. We can lead comments in a trail and can focus on which aspects we are talking about better and can even focus the annotation to specific individuals, group or the self. One of the short term problems I see are standards. They seem to be shifting and a closed standard could lock out all out comments if they chose to. And there is the issue of competing standards where the focus is diffused through too many systems. I note too Fridemar some of your Diggo annotations have become a confusing mess with mixed code and repetitions by which I am guessing the Diggo system has changed and ruined some of your creative attempts to better use annotations. Unless this is just me.
Aaron, if you have installed the TrailFire Toolbar, then you can opt for "show anyone's mark on the page". I have made my first swf instructional (test) video to show the proceedure. The nice thing is: I have also found a free swf-host, where we all can upload similar (even interactive and annotation enriched screencast) videos.
And here comes the OpenMail? (with its obvious built-in synergies):