Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.
Clucast is a Firefox extension that lets users attach clues to any topic they find on the Web. Sound confusing? Well, you're not the only one left scratching your head.
A program isn't very easy to use when you have to view not one, not two, but four demos to figure out what it is and how it works. We finally figured out that clues are basically one user's opinion of a particular subject matter. After downloading, a toolbar appeared on our browser window. Clucast is free, but you'll have to register before you can add any of your own clues. When we clicked the Markers button, several terms were highlighted on the Web page, but when we hovered our mouse over each marker, a blank window appeared--no clues in sight. When we tried to add a clue of our own, we highlighted the text and clicked the Add Clue button. Again, a blank window appeared. We tried uninstalling and reinstalling the program to see if it was a glitch on our end, but we still had the same problem.
So after sitting through four demos, we were never able to view or add clues. In theory, this program sounds like a great idea, but in practice, it needs more work before we can give it a recommendation.
Clucast is a Firefox add-on that offers the wisdom of crowds the collective opinions of people about anything and everything displayed on the Web. The diversity of opinions in a crowd makes the crowd often more right than any single expert. In his eloquent book entitled The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki explains why the many are smarter than the few and how collective wisdom shapes businesses, societies, and nations.
At Clupedia, we refer to the wisdom of crowds as the meta Web - a Web about the Web, built by the people for the people. While we are all drowning in a sea of information on the World Wide Web, the meta Web will keep us afloat with the help of clues from crowds. Think of those clues as shortcuts which cut through all that clutter and make the current Web much more informative, collaborative, connected, and convenient. Version 0.9.1.20071005 includes unspecified updates.
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Version 0.9.1.20071005 includes unspecified updates.