October 18, 2004

Most Fun Wiki / Blog / Note Application

Look at this! Blog quotes in boxes, with a hyperlink back to the blog, editable by anyone! No difficult wiki interface that's hard for the great unwashed to grok. No blog posts with comments lost at the bottom and some interminable membership login process just to leave a damned thought in the mix.

Picture 2.jpgIt looks a bit like romper room. But oh my goodness, I can edit anything willy nilly. And so can everyone else. I've started my own page and it's wide open. Basically, they are letting me have my own blog on them without any sort of login, with wiki functionality for others to edit, with an overlay of notes.... Let the chaos begin!

It's not that this system does everything a wiki does (and for serious project or knowledge collaboration, I see this system as more whiteboard than full wiki) and it's not everything a blog does (for serious blogging and commenting, it's lacking the "home" quality and structure) but the tool is a reduction of these, plus notes features, blended into one interesting collaborative thing. Loads of potential for garbage, but then, so are lots of other things. It's people's desire to make better information that helps keep things like wikipedia good, and this has that potential as well.

So I want to be able to leave these boxes everywhere (with better colors) across the web. It's something I've been thinking about since the other day when I got a little fotonotes demo. I wanted to put fotonotes all over everything, not just fotos. Like blogs and webpages, and videos and music and search results. Maybe they could just remain on my machine attached to the webpage metadata, without ending up as graffiti all over other people's stuff, so that when I saw the URL again, the note would be there, or maybe be shared with others I know when we want to share. The ultimate distributed story. Now that is very delicious.

Posted by Mary Hodder at October 18, 2004 11:47 PM | TrackBack

you may be interested in this: i've tweaked the visual appearance of webnote: i've made it look like a bunch of polaroid pictures spread on a desk, and added a drop-shadow. u can see an example here:

Posted by: francesco at October 28, 2004 11:38 AM

Have you seen wikalong:


It has the "difficult wiki interface" that you mention, but it's still worth taking a look at for its ability to add notes to just about any webpage.

Posted by: Matt Vance at October 29, 2004 12:53 PM