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Google Notebook


May 16, 2006 10:24 PM PST

google_notebook.gifSo far I think Google Notebook is pretty cool and I really like the integration with Firefox. But I'm now even more miffed at the disconnect in Google's bookmarking strategy. They have a bookmark system on your personalized search page. This one behaves much like delicious, with tags and what not, and a clever bookmarklet. But it is not connected to the bookmarks content on your personalized homepage??!? That one is completly separate somehow.
Now here comes notebook, which is much slicker, but is separate from the rest and doesn't support tagging
at all (or RSS from what I can see). Instead it has a more traditional folder style system. That is so not like gmail, where folders are bad.
So in conclusion I think this is a good first (or, hmm, 3rd) attempt but it still falls short of the uber online bookmarking system I've been waiting for. I'm sure they will get it right in the next rev.

Comments (4)
J, May 16, 2006 11:43 PM:

I haven't played with it much yet, but I was hoping for google toolbar integration. I realize the biggest market initially is browser integration, but I kind of just want my toolbar calendar, todo and notes to just replicate over to gmail account. I also initially find the UI for the notebook a bit "spare" and confusing in the way Google Reader was confusing, but I'll give it a chance. I don't know what I'll use this for yet, but I'm sure I can find some way to help Google give me the best ad content based on my deepest, darkest secrets...

Paul, May 17, 2006 01:54 AM:

I'd like to have shared-author notebooks for things like compiling research on HDTVs or something. That doesn't really fit into this blog model with one initial post and a bunch of comments. The notebooks seems a lot more free form.

John, May 17, 2006 10:12 AM:

Yeah that is a very good idea. The closest thing to this I have heard of is Backpack and Writeboard from 37Signals. Backpack has free level and a pay level. Many of their other tools are completly free, and you can set them up to share with others. I've really wanted to try this. It lets you store, notes, todo list, reminders, files, pictures etc. The prices are pretty reasonable for a small business, especially since you can just get one account and collaborate with several people.

Wheelson, May 31, 2006 02:08 PM:

I'm currently using Backpack, which allows you attach Writeboards to each of the sites you create within your Backpack account. You can link to iCals and all that too. I started it to collaborate with my wife on her budding career as an artist but I've found I'm using it for all kinds of stuff.

If you want let me know and I'll create a site and share it with you so you can try it out.

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