I Am #1 Sidewiki Comment on Twitter Home Page!

The Sidewiki comments for Twitter, comment by Mark Rose, PRBlogNewsIt could change at any moment. I could drop to the bottom or be eliminated by a vindictive Google algorithm or maybe I’m hallucinating … but as of this moment, I have the #1 Sidewiki comment on “the entire site” of Twitter, ahead of the venerable Danny Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief of Search Engine Land, and the mega-blog, Tech Crunch.  How did this happen? Nobody knows. What does it mean? Probably nothing.

We are crazed by Sidewiki since it launched Sept. 30 because Google has essentially “wrapped” the web with virgin space to add content. We’re pioneering new content turf here – we can have impact, influence, see our name immediately without the bothersome obstructions of search mechanisms. Google mysteriously ‘ranks’ these comments and stores them in your Google profile.

I say ‘mysteriously’ because several Sidewiki comments I posted to The New York Times and other sites have disappeared althogether. BusinessWire has taken pre-emptive action by inserting its own Sidewiki comment that is identified as “Page Owner.”

It’s not quite Afghanistan-Pakistan or Yankees-Angels but Google Sidewiki represents such a disruptive force to the web that PR people, SEO mavens, developers,  and advertisers are at odds as to what it means.  So far, generally across the web, comments have been sparse and respectful although we don’t know how many Sidewiki comments Google is deleting or archiving.

That’s the point here – Google is calling the shots, we’re scratching our heads and playing catch-up. #1 today, sayonara tomorrow.

Related: Big Pharma and Google Sidewiki: A Sink or Swim Situation?10/15/2009 AdvertisingAge


  1. Ike says:

    I use SideWiki to comment on Seth Godin’s site, just because he doesn’t want us to.

  2. Brian R says:

    I surely understand why many webmasters don’t like SideWiki and fear that competitors will use it to add comments to your site that will be as helpful as the comments that graffiti artists add to bathroom walls.

    You should monitor the SideWiki comments on your own site(s) closely and act promptly on negative comments. There are now tools available that can monitor SideWiki comments for you, and alert you when new comments are posted.


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