Last Updated Sep 24, 2009 12:30 PM EDT
Of course, if you think that comment sections can at times lead to literary insanity, can you imagine what happens with out-and-out page warfare? Apparently there is a quality algorithm that combines with user-voted ratings to see how high up in the list comments appear. I predict an avalanche of guerilla marketing in the near future. And there's already some critical backlash in the form of saying that Google wants to own the Internet by supplementing (or replacing) the existing comment sections that sites already have. Of course, the real question is whether there might eventually be ads, in which case, could Google eventually infringe copyright by making commercial use of another's intellectual property without permission?
Oh, and the blogger gift package? A copy of Sailing Alone Around the Room by that wonderful poet, Billy Collins. A bookmark with mention of Sidewiki was placed at the poem, Marginalia. It's worth buying the book for it alone:
Sometimes the notes are ferocious, skirmishes against the author raging along the borders of every page in tiny black script. If I could just get my hands on you, Kierkegaard, or Conor Cruise O'Brien, they seem to say, I would bolt the door and beat some logic into your head.It shows you that even a PR campaign can bring some good.