Google Sidewiki Page Owner Entries

9 Mar/10

We have not seen any statistics about the popularity about Google’s recently introduced service Google Sidewiki which allows Google Toolbar users to leave comments about any webpage they visit. The comments are displayed in a sidebar for everyone to see, at least if the Google Toolbar is installed or if one of the workarounds is used like installing the Google Sidewiki Firefox Add-on which displays the comments even if the Google Toolbar is not installed.

There are also userscripts like sidewiki that can be installed in web browsers that support userscripts to display the comments that other users have left.

The page owner, or webmaster, could like anyone else leave comments about the page but they were not handled differently from all the other comments meaning that it could very well be that the webmaster comment slipped down so that it could not be seen on the first page.

Google made up their mind and decided to provide webmasters with access to a special section in Google Sidewiki called page owner entries. Webmasters who have added their websites to the Google Webmaster Tools can now add page owner entries that appear above every other comment that is being left on their website.

The service to add page owner entries to Sidewiki is located in the Labs section of the Google Webmaster Tools site. Webmasters can write text and spice it up with a few HTML tags that are allowed like breaks, text formatting and even links. Webmasters can also use a generic text instead if they prefer that. It takes a while before the entry is shown in the Sidewiki comments but it can be used to inform visitors about the websites from the webmaster’s point of view before they start reading the user comments.

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