Wikipedia’s Definition of Replacement Player: In professional sports, a replacement player is an athlete who is not a member of the league’s players association and plays during a labor dispute such as a strike or lockout.  

Miguel’s Adaptation: In Web 2.0 tools, a replacement player is an alternate web site that is not as used as much as the more popular service when that service is unavailable or lagging behind in development (read the end of this blog post for a service that helps you find replacement players)

During a presentation recently, a colleague referred to as a possible tool to use to enliven conversations with students. Unfortunately, that colleague missed the stillness that signals the POSSIBLE untimely end of a Web 2.0 service.

Dan Rezac (Adventures in EdTech) called the death of Wallwisher into question, and to my attention recently via Twitter. He also blogged about it.

In the hopes of anticipating questions from the audience for my colleague, I asked my PLN, What are some Wallwisher replacements? and received the following responses:

  1. Linoit.comRecommended  by DougPete, Linoit defines itself as “…a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser.”
  2. – Recommended by Lisa Thumann, bills itself as “…a fun real-time alternative to the traditional message board.” Given Lisa’s recommendation, I’m inclined to believe them!
  3. EdiStorm.comEmory Maiden recommended Edistorm, describing itself as taking “…the metaphor of sticky notes on a boardroom wall and [bringing] it online allowing anyone – anywhere to brainstorm with only a web browser.”
  4. – Recommended by Susan Brooks-Young, this even more strangely named space says it enables one to “Sketch, text, share files, upload pictures all in one common shared space.”
  5. – Recommended by Lisa Monthie, Spaaze bills itself as a new visual way to organize pieces of a virtual infinite space. Hmm…it’s in beta now but will soon start charging. No surprise there! 
  6. – Recommended via Plurk by Talljim, this has similar capabilities as the other products here. Play with this using an example from Talljim
  7. – Suggested by TeacherRicks via Plurk, “Wiffiti publishes real time messages to screens in thousands of locations from jumbotrons to jukeboxes, bars to bowling alleys and cafes to colleges. You can interact with Wiffiti from your mobile phone or the web.

Fascinating…7 replacements. Will WallWisher endure in the face of this competition?

Update: Amazing, there’s a web site that helps you find alternative web sites. Thanks to Kristen Swanson for sharing it via her blog . She writes:

Do you have a favorite Web 2.0 site that is blocked by your school? You might want to try Alternative To, a website that finds similar services.

Unfortunately, it didn’t have anything to say about Wallwisher…maybe it should get a better PLN like mine? 8->

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