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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Google Sidewiki Blockers

Google Sidewiki Blockers

screenshot 150x150 Google Sidewiki BlockersThis post is not meant to be a commentary about Google Sidewiki, but rather serves as an updated list of the most recent tools and applications that have been built to attempt to block Sidewiki from appearing next to your website if you don’t want it to.

Michel and I will be keeping a very close eye on this story, and will update this list as new tools and applications are built to put the control back in the hands of website owners.

We will be posting our own commentary very soon on Sidewiki and how it may effect your your online business. But in the meantime, please refer to this list of available tools, which will be updated as they come available.

UPDATE: We’ve now posted our own commentary on the Google Sidewiki controversy, and welcome your comments and thoughts on the subject.

We encourage all comments to take place on our own public real estate space, using our own commenting functionality. We’ve spent a great deal of time and money on building an open community, and we feel that to use Sidewiki to voice your opinions, instead of our built-in commenting functionality, is likened to spraying graffiti all over our home. So, please, respect our home and speak to us in the manner we have set out for you to use. We’re listening…

Latest Sidewiki Blocking Tools and Scripts

Please note, the following list of external links is for your reference and convenience. We cannot take responsibility for the content of these links and suggest you do your due diligence is researching these resources before installing anything on your website.

If you know of any additional tools or scripts that have not yet been added here, please comment below and we will add them.

Latest Suggested Strategies for Dealing With Google Sidewiki

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  • http://jedsweb.net JEDsWEB

    Hi, here are three other strategies/blockers that I posted last night in addition to Cata­lin Ionescu’s:

    http://www.websitesecrets101.com/sidewiki-block
    http://www.vizioninteractive.com/how-to-claim-y
    http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/020857.html

    Thank you for these, the list will continue to grow no doubt
    JEDsWEB

  • semmyw

    Hello Sylvie looking forward your post! I want to know more about google new tools and how to privent someone to post a negatif thing..

  • http://twitter.com/sylviefortin Sylvie Fortin

    @JEDsWEB – Thanks so much for those. I've added them to the list.

    @semmyw – I'll be posting my personal commentary on this issue very soon. I think it is very important for website owners to be well aware of this and protect ourselves from those who would use it to abuse others.

  • http://wikiREMOVER.com/ – TW

    I don't know if this counts — but I made a 42-second video to promote Catalin's blocker — It's on my site, if you want to see it.

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  • AchieveMaster

    I wanted to add to your list. After finding out about the Sidewiki issue on the Warrior Forum, I create “The Ultimate Sidewiki Blocker” which incorporates true randomization plus the ability to add a keyword into the hash key so that you know it is your blocker doing the blocking. No other blocker has this (yet). I include both a standard script for static pages plus a wordpress plugin and it is all free!
    http://www.achievemaster.com/landing/USB/Ultima

    David T. McKee
    The Master Achiever

  • AchieveMaster

    Here is the sidewiki blocker I wrote for both static HTML pages and wordpress as a plugin (you get both) “”The Ultimate Sidewiki Blocker”. It has both true randomization of the hash code using the date, true letter and number randomization, and allows you to optionally add a identifier key to the from of your has (no other blocker does this) so you know it is your code running. The has ends up looking like this: …/#fortin_8jd754hjdif843hed93h

    Also, it is absolutely free!

    http://www.achievemaster.com/landing/USB/Ultima

    David T. McKee
    “The Master Achiever”

  • http://www.academiapolonica.com/ Ewa

    I hope the Sideviki is dangerous only for the user of this Google's tool. otherwise it is a total attack for all webside owners and bloggers.
    Is it neceassy for a normal web side owner to use the blockers?

  • http://www.internetmarketingsins.com Sylvie Fortin

    Not sure what a “normal website owner” is defined as (I think I'm pretty normal). :)

    But my problem with all of this is that all website owners lose the ability to manage the comments appearing that are directly related to (beside) their own websites, and that's where blockers may become a necessity. For us, we haven't yet decided to implement a blocker, as we're in a “wait and see” mode. But we won't hesitate to do it if it becomes necessary.

    Note that even the blockers won't stop Sidewiki comments from happening, and they will still be searchable (indexed by Google), but that, at least, would be located on Google's domain, not appearing next to my own while a customer is browsing my website.

  • AchieveMaster

    I am working on a rewrite of the Ultimate side-wiki Blocker that uses the htaccess to detect when a site has the side-wiki toolbar installed and only uses the url hash in that case. This will make the URL even more friendly. Also, a small little post could be popped up optionally to tell the user why SW is being blocked – which could then inform the user about side-wiki and that there are other tool bars they could be using (including the fact that Google is still offering the toolbar without side-wiki).

    Ultimately the best solution would be to detect side-wiki, and then suck in the content, filter it according to rules set up by the site user, and then display it without the “evil comments”. That gets into a whole other area however – as most users would balk at their content being tampered with. This is definitely a can-of-worms scenario.

    David T. McKee

    PS: Sorry about the double post before, my browser hiccuped in the middle of posting the original and I thought it did not make it!

  • http://www.academiapolonica.com/ Ewa

    I hope the Sideviki is dangerous only for the user of this Google's tool. otherwise it is a total attack for all webside owners and bloggers.
    Is it neceassy for a normal web side owner to use the blockers?

  • http://www.internetmarketingsins.com Sylvie Fortin

    Not sure what a “normal website owner” is defined as (I think I'm pretty normal). :)

    But my problem with all of this is that all website owners lose the ability to manage the comments appearing that are directly related to (beside) their own websites, and that's where blockers may become a necessity. For us, we haven't yet decided to implement a blocker, as we're in a “wait and see” mode. But we won't hesitate to do it if it becomes necessary.

    Note that even the blockers won't stop Sidewiki comments from happening, and they will still be searchable (indexed by Google), but that, at least, would be located on Google's domain, not appearing next to my own while a customer is browsing my website.

  • AchieveMaster

    I am working on a rewrite of the Ultimate side-wiki Blocker that uses the htaccess to detect when a site has the side-wiki toolbar installed and only uses the url hash in that case. This will make the URL even more friendly. Also, a small little post could be popped up optionally to tell the user why SW is being blocked – which could then inform the user about side-wiki and that there are other tool bars they could be using (including the fact that Google is still offering the toolbar without side-wiki).

    Ultimately the best solution would be to detect side-wiki, and then suck in the content, filter it according to rules set up by the site user, and then display it without the “evil comments”. That gets into a whole other area however – as most users would balk at their content being tampered with. This is definitely a can-of-worms scenario.

    David T. McKee

    PS: Sorry about the double post before, my browser hiccuped in the middle of posting the original and I thought it did not make it!

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