Conversations on the Sidelines: A Look at Google Sidewiki

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Conversations on the Sidelines:  A Look at Google Sidewiki

Google has launched a new application that allows website visitors to comment about a webpage they are visiting and read other visitors comments.  These comments appear as a sidebar on the left-hand side of the page called Sidewiki.  Users are also able to rate the comments as useful, not useful, or report abuse. 

In true sharing fashion you can share the sidewiki comments on Twitter, Facebook or via Email.  Brings a different sort of meaning to the power of referrals.

 

You can install the Google toolbar with Sidewiki here.

 

I took a walk around the worldwide web this evening with Google Sidewiki and took a few snapshots

 

Mashable

 

Sidewiki on Mashable

 

Zillow

 

Sidewiki on Zillow

 

I just couldn't resist so I took a quick jog over here before heading home

Sidewiki on Walmart

 

I strolled by the top real estate franchises, but only found one, Re/Max, that had a sidewiki comment.  I suspect that will change.......real soon.

Sidewiki seems like the user friendly app. it was meant to be and I am sure there will be some tweaks and changes along the way.  Most importantly, in my view, it will enable the flow of conversation and empower users with feedback from hopefully many impartial parties- i.e. other consumers or business folk who do not all have a commercial interest in the webpage.

As to real estate brokerages, offices, and real estate professionals....just another reason to be active listeners and engage in two way conversations on the worldwide web.

 

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How can you manage the barage of information, conversations, and shiny new tools that is Web 2.0?  Call Rebecca Levinson, dba Real Skillz, Real Estate Marketing Consultant-#262-203-5231 and let's talk about creating a social media marketing strategy that makes sense for your business or Email rebecca@realestateskillz.com.

 

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Rainer
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Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

I can not believe how many tool bars you have on your browser LOL

oh, thanks for the info, was not aware of this yet.  will Flag for feature

Sep 29, 2009 01:42 PM #1
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Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Cool new feature ! More ways to share opinions and suggestions !

Nice to see you back Rebecca :o)

Cheers !

Sheldon

Sep 29, 2009 02:04 PM #2
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David Williams
CaryRealEstate.com - Cary, NC

didn't know about this - thanks!

Sep 29, 2009 02:28 PM #3
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Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Rebecca - My first reaction was the same as Daniel's:  you have a boatload of tool bars!  More to the point, once again you have provided us with a valuable tool.  I am about to move my website to a different company, and will see how I can make good use of this when I get that set up.  Thanks!

Sep 29, 2009 02:29 PM #4
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Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Thanks Rebecca for bringing us the latest and greatest.

Sep 30, 2009 12:11 AM #5
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Thank you all for your kind words.  I downloaded the toolbar right away and plan to use it on all the sites I visit.  User Feedback, while needed to be taken with a grain of salt, is very important to me both as a consumer and as a business professional.

As far as my toolbars, lol, yes I have many:).  I am actually going to delete one, but the rest will stay.  Would is surprise you to hear that I usually work off of two computers, sometimes three.  Once my other laptop is repaired the grand total will be four.

At one time.

 

Sep 30, 2009 02:14 AM #6
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Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I think most people won't bother with this, honestly. At least not for sites like RE web sites. I can see, however, how someone with a grudge could try to do harm with it.

Oct 02, 2009 10:14 AM #7
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Prest Realty- Time will tell.  Right now Google is plugging this on their toolbar, so anyone who downloads the toolbar will have easy access and actually, there is a desktop icon that sits on the bottom of your screen also.  I know I really love user feedback- its one of the reasons why I find Amazon.com an invaluable resource.

Oct 02, 2009 12:50 PM #8
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