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Marshall's Web Tool Blog

Training and Consulting in New Tools for Effective Web Use

This site is an archive of posts that I hope you will find useful. Please visit my new site at Marshallk.com.

Exciting New Tool: Wikalong

Update: As far as I can tell, the function on Wikalong that allows you to see all previous versions of a wiki space is broken. Without this function, Wikalong isn't a functioning wiki. You should be able to change the top draft of a wiki document, but never destroy previous drafts. The entry below is still informative, but I've stopped using Wikalong and will wait until a better service performing the same function arrives.

Wow, the fascinating new tools being developed just don't stop! I've been using Wikalong all afternoon while reading my feeds and I am impressed. It's a program that creates a wiki sidebar beside every web page you visit, so you can easily write commentary, "see also," or who knows what else, and attach it to the sites themselves. You can, of course, see what everyone else has written as well. It is for Firefox primarily, but now there are sidebar and popup versions for non-Firefox browsers here.

Another blogger wrote about this and titled their article, "Wiki the Whole Damn Web" and that's a pretty good way to describe it. As is the case with all wikis, and really all these new tools in general, the nature of the tool itself and the content found on it is going to be determined by who is using it. The idea of "see alsos", reviews, and just generally plugging a page online into the collective knowledge of it's readers is very exciting. Which pages will get wikized, though? Just tech or big biz sites? That would be a bummer. What users will add their knowledge to the sidebars of sites they didn't write? Just techies, maybe academics, who knows? Wouldn't it be preferable to get as broad a group of people commenting on online content as possible?

Wikalong is just starting, it's only several months in existence. But I really hope it, or something like it, flies. And I hope that people with untraditional perspectives and diverse life experiences use it.

Tip: I couldn't find on the site how to logout! So I just went into the preferences menu on wikalong and deleted my name, then I was logged in anonymously after that.

See also: Google Maps mashup with Craig's List Housing Listings
(wow the web is a trip)

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