January 18, 2011, 9:21 AM — It's not uncommon for Websites today to let visitors post comments; typically, however, they have to register first. Pushnote, on the other hand, is a new browser plug-in that lets Web surfers post uncensored comments on any site across the Web, whether or not that site enables comments itself.
Officially launched on Thursday with the support of actor, author and prolific Tweeter Stephen Fry, Pushnote lets users of Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer comment on any Website without the involvement of the owner of that site. Rather, comments made through Pushnote are rated, ranked and moderated only by the audience.
"It makes the entire Web one big, democratic comment platform," in the site's own words.
Once users download the free Pushnote plug-in--which is now in beta--a dedicated browser button turns green when the user visits a page where people have left comments through the service. That same button turns red, meanwhile, when there are new comments from friends on any site across the Web. Users can follow the comments of their friends, and they can also reply to friends' comments across the Web.
By displaying the highest-rated comments and the most discussed pages across the Web, Pushnote is designed to highlight the most interesting developments on the Internet as they happen, without demanding that users search for it. The service can also cross-post to Twitter and Facebook. Mobile versions are coming soon.
No Editing or Deleting
So, that's all the good news -- particularly for socially oriented consumers. Though Safari and Opera users are not yet included, support for those browsers may well be on the way
For businesses, Pushnote's implications aren't yet entirely clear. One fairly significant downside is that comments made with the service apparently can't be edited or deleted in the current version, which is bad news for any company that's been unfairly reviewed or criticized by a Pushnote user. It's actually a problem for finger-tied typists, too--if you make a typo, there's currently no way to correct it. I wouldn't be surprised if this aspect changes in not too long.
I should also note that to even see Pushnote comments, businesses will have to download the plug-in themselves.