Google launched in Sept 2009 a new AnnotationWiki, that has the potential to glue all public Web pages and CommunitiesThatScale via host wikis. Now, in TwitteR too, http://twitter.com/googlesidewiki.
Wikipedia claims that Google Sidewiki will be discontinued in 2011.
As it already allows and generates links, it appears superior to the GoogleSearchWiki.
GoogleSearchWiki misses important properties of a wiki as described in Wiki:WikiPrinciples, however it makes a very convenient community tool by its syndication to social networks (Twitter, Facebook, blogs).
To make GoogleSideWiki more like a real Wiki, we can use the following technique as a workaround:
Write a contribution in any wiki which has a rich LinkLanguage vocabulary in CamelCase , take a text-only copy (of some subset) of it and paste this as annotation to an appropriate page in the web. At the end of your SideWiki comment add as link:
Visit the host wiki of this annotation to have all CamelCase words resolved as links.
And here is a [SideWikiRecentChanges]
A special case of this suggested workaround is making exactly this contribution a SideWiki annotation.
Of course there can be more than one SideWiki comments as demonstrated by this response to Hans:
RT@HansWobbe. Thank you for calling attention to SideWiki in Meatball.
contributors: FridemarPache, JuanmaMP, HansWobbe ..
JuanmaMP: I think it is not really a wiki, sidewiki is like a business tag; rather it makes any page as a blog: GoogleSideBlog?
FridemarPache: Juanma, I have taken your statement to extend the DocumentMode part and applied the procedure as [this SideWiki comment].
FridemarPache: RT@HansWobbe. Thank you for calling attention to SideWiki in Meatball.
Hans, Juanma what about leaving similar annotations on SideWiki. This has the advantage, that we can expand our build talk to a global level, increasing the chances, that we get addiditional builders for our BuildTalk.
BTW do you know the ReframeIt? service, which is similar to SideWiki: e.g. http://reframeit.com/comments/BOrhxAb94a5 as another annotation/snapshot of this page?
Hans thank you for entering the global BuildTalk on [SideWiki]. I just noticed you "sitekick" today.
FridemarPache: Thank you Hans for your note to give this annotation system of Google more focus. You was one of those early adopters of DiiGo, TrailFire, AmpliFy, ClipMarks, TiddlyWiki, GoogleSearchWiki, etc. that can help to glue communities on a global base. I put a copy of my response to GoogleSideWiki as annotation of this page, which syndicates it to Twitter and other social networks. Do you have a Twitter account, to honor your lines with an RT? Are there other people here, who know to appreciate GoogleSideWiki?
Drawback: I would prefer some kind of embedded result, instead of another bar. I do not like to have more bars on the display, since Google Toolbar must be active.
FridemarPache: Juanma, as a Perl programmer, it might be appealing for you to adapt the Open Sourced Annotation program CritOrg, that doesn't need another bar and is much more powerful than GoogleSideWiki. Interested? By the way, the friendly and ingenious author is meanwhile an employee at Google.
JuanmaMP: Fridemar, if it's open source, it's Perl (and doesn't need bar), sure I like it. I'll see if I can get some code for wiki with this, too. You are a source of wisdom and help!.