January 12, 2006

Social Annotation (2)

In the past months,several annotation tools appeared, almost all of them based on plug-in technology. The biggest players are Google and Yahoo, promising smaller start-up services are Diigo, Wikalong and Stickis.

Soziale Notizen
In den letzten Monaten wurden einige Notiztools gestartet, fast alle auf Basis von Browser-Plugins. Die größten Mitspieler sind Google und Yahoo, bei den Services kleinerer Start-Ups wären Diigo, Wikalong und Stickis zu nennen.
Mehr davon...

Diigo's (“Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff”) plugin is a social bookmarking service that allows users to highlight multiple areas of a website, tag and bookmark them. Users can also add sticky notes to a highlighted text area. Your annotations can also be made public in Diigo's community. Solutionwatch has (as usual) an in-depth review of of their website.

Activeweave, the company behind Stickis, really seems to be small--regarding the length of their private alpha... They got a lot of interesting buzzwords on their landing page and their blog--but I don't have any idea how their annotation service will look like. Hopefully they'll make it, seems to me that there is already enough interesting stuff that will never make it to the public (like searchfox).

Wikalong is a Firefox-extension that embeds a wiki in the sidebar of your browser, indexed off the url of your current page. It is probably most simply described as a wiki-margin for the internet.

Google's Blogger Webcomments
This Firefox-extension essentially does, what it's called after. If you got a blogger-account, you can write sticky notes about webstuff and share it with other people.

Yahoo My Web/Go
Yahoo's My Web also lets you comment about urls that you bookmarked -- I didn't used this function myself though. But it should be more like a del.icio.us approach than a real sticky-notes-function. Who knows what Yahoo Go will bring?

Another Firefox-plugin that more or less fits into this category is "Outfoxed". They don't limit themselves to the philosophy of "stickies", but rather use the metaphor of getting statements about webstuff from "informers" whom you trust.

Diigos (“Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff”) Plugin ist ein sozialer Bookmark-Service, mit dem man Bereiche von Websites markieren, tagen und bookmarken kann. Nutzer können diesen markierten Bereichen auch "Haftnotizen" zuordnen. Solche Bemerkungen können in der Diigo-Community veröffentlicht werden. Solutionwatch hat (wie immer) einen sehr ausführlichen Bericht über ihre Website.

Activeweave, die hinter Stickis stehen,scheinen wirklich eine kleine Firma zu sein -- gemessen an der Länge ihrer privaten Alpha-Phase... Sie haben zwar eine Menge interessanter Buzzwords auf ihrer Startseite und ihrem Blog, aber ich habe bislang keine rechte Idee, wie ihr Notizservice aussehen soll. Hoffentlich falten sie sich nicht direkt wieder ein, wie manch anderes vielversprechendes Projekt (z.B. Searchfox).

Dieses Firefox-Plugin erzeugt ein Wiki in einer Marginalienspalte angesurfter Websites.

Googles Blogger Webcomments
Hier ist der Name Programm. Mit diesem Firefox-Plugin können Nutzer mit ihrem Blogger-Account Kommentare über Websites abgeben und sie mit anderen teilen.

Yahoo My Web/Go
Na gut, My Web ist eher wie Del.icio.us inder Art und Weise, wie man hier Seiten bookmarken und Kommentare darüber einstellen kann. Wer weiß, was uns Yahoo Go so bringen wird?

Ein weiteres Firefox-Plugin das mehr oder weniger in diese Kategorie fällt, ist "Outfoxed". Die Macher (übrigens aus Osnabrück) beschränken sich allerdings nicht auf die Metapher von Haftnotizen; hier geht es darum über diverse Webinhalte Kommentare zu erhalten, von Personen denen man traut ("Informers").

:) <- Lutz


Wade Ren said...

Thanks for mentioning Diigo here. I'd like to highlight the difference between Diigo's sticky notes and others -- Diigo sticky notes are in situ, meaning they show up right on the page, when you mouse-over the associated highlighted paragraphs.

wade ren said...

I just went to read your earlier post "social annotation (1)" . You said so well there: "Imagine the following: you want to highlight a section of a website for yourself or somebody else, and possible leave a remark about what you wanted to point out. This is the general idea of social annotation: associate a post-it-like remark with a website and share it with others."

That's exactly what Diigo does (along with some other nice tocuhes). Pleased to know someone who shared the same vision.

Lutz_W said...

Hi Wade,
I came up with the idea, when I wanted to show a part of some website to a dear friend (who is a little bit of a computer-dummy, no offense meant, hihi). To me social annotation is a quite useful addition to web 2.0.
I read a discussion between you and some commenters on Techcrunch, and IMHO those guys don't seem to get the point.

I just hope that the toolbar/extension thingy will not be a restriction (as it seemed to be for ThirdVoice)...

Good luck,
:) <- Lutz

Yves Luther said...


ich weiß nicht, ob du die schon auf deinem Radar hast:


Schönes Wochenende!

Lutz_W said...

Danke für den Tip. Sind mir just heute morgen bei del.icio.us/popular aufgefallen. Bislang 4000 Teilnehmer -- scheinen ja auch erst vor kurzem auf den Zug aufgesprungen zu sein.

Na, ich warte ja noch auf einen Service, der das ohne Plugin realisiert...

:) <- Lutz

yhancik said...

very interesting posts !

i don't know how you feel about it, but i think that instead of creating another tool in addition of 10 other parallels "social annotation" systems, the next smart move would be to collect all the "meta information" about a page and mix them together

i think about something like Technorati's Link Search ("blogs that link here") or Google's Blogger Web Comments http://www.google.com/tools/firefox/webcomments/index.html
but better, and focused on web annotation tools

and, aside from that, have you seen http://www.chatsum.com ?

Lutz_W said...

Thx. I think you're right--the opportunity of doing something with those annotations could be vitally to the whole niche. At least it was the reason that made del.icio.us and other social bookmarking-sites fly, right?

Alas, most tools here have some kind of walled-garden-approach; need for plugin, no APIs(?). Maybe it will be the competitors, opening their doors to services like you have on your mind, who will survive the race in the end...

Chatsum, yep, that appeared very recently on my map (I think through Pete Cashmore's mashable.com). They really take a totally different approach. I wonder if they'll need some kind of relevance-filtering once they grow bigger...

:) <- Lutz