Problems With ThirdVoice

from the some-people-are-so-picky dept

Apparently, not everyone thinks ThirdVoice is a very cool technology. It seems that people are upset that others can more or less "write" on their web page. I think they may have a reasonable argument, though not necessarily a legal one.
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    Edward Welbourne, 7 Jul 1999 @ 1:57pm

    Re: I see 2 big problems for T.V.

    Well, if I view a TV-annotated site without TV, I don't see the annotations. So the pages haven't been changed, defaced, modified or anything: TV could sensibly argue that they are providing folk with a facility to discuss, with one another, the things we find on the web. The presence of notes on a site isn't fundamentally more intrusive than if someone set up an IRC channel for discussing web pages and said the same things there - it's just that T.V gives its users better mechanisms for
    • identifying which part of which page they're talking about.
    • finding all the things other folk have said about any given page.
    Note that T.V don't claim to be bringing you the content of the site: only the things other visitors have said.

    As to clutter, yes I'm sure the public notes will soon be dominated by total drivel, spam, etc. Just like /. ;^>

    However, their mechanism (I visited their web site and FAQ) does provide for a third kind of note, between private (held by your T.V installation and accessible to no-one else) and public notes: group notes. These appear to allow for immense flexibility in selecting who can see which notes: doubtless, with a little care, they can be used to provide flexible filtering of which notes I see on a site. Public notes could be totally ignorable without the system being useless.


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