For many of us in the SEO industry, SideWiki was one of those products that Google launched which was met with a mixture of wariness and excitement. Sidewiki was launched on 23 September 2009 as a browser plugin packaged with Google Toolbar. Sidewiki was Google’s attempt at web annotation, whereby users could leave feedback about a page/site and other people could then see those annotations when visiting the site. quoting Google – it allowed users to “contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Sidewiki appeared as a browser sidebar, where you could read and write entries along the side of the page.”. For those that remember it they launched the up and down arrows on the results round the same time whereby Google users could promote/demote results as they wanted – not too disimilar in thinking from the current +1 incarnation
The news of the demise of Sidewiki isn’t new – however users of the service were today advised that the service will be closing from the 5th of December to bring to an end another of those Google products that was launched to huge fanfare but delivered little – much like Wave, Real Estate Notebook and Buzz
This is not likely to be the last of Google’s products to be pulled however what do you think will be the next product that we see go the way of the dodo.