Regular readers of this blog have probably figured out by now that we are big fans of everything Google; so it was very disappointing to me to discover that the company decided to stop development of the great Google Notebook. I used to use Google Notebook all the time -- it was a great way to capture snippets of information from the web and keep them all in one place, with different notebooks for different topics.
I've since moved on to using Evernote as my primary notetaking tool -- I like it better because it allows me to access and take notes from three different locations -- a web browser, a stand-alone software application, and an iPhone application. That's why I was glad to see that Evernote was all over the Google Notebook decision, and is offering users of the discontinued service the opportunity to import all their notebooks over to Evernote.
Over on Twitter, people were asking me why I used an online notebook. Here are the five top ways I use Evernote:
- As my personal web archive -- rather than bookmark a page, I simply clip it to Evernote and keep it forever.
- As a research tool -- I create a notebook and throw all my research snippets (whole pages, excerpts) into it.
- Travel planning -- when I visit a city, I create a notebook for restaurants, hotel and sightseeing information.
- Meeting notes -- I keep notes from all of my meetings within Evernote.
- As my digital filing cabinet -- I keep lists and all sorts of other information there. It's all searchable!
Perhaps Evernote is not for you. No worries -- there are many other options, including these 17 Noteworthy Alternatives to Google Notebook. No matter which tool you use, I think you'll find that an online notebook is a good way to have access to your important thoughts and notes no matter where you happen to be.