I just found this reference
to a new Google service called Google Notebook
. It's a Firefox extension that feels very similar to Scrapbook
(one of my all time favorite Firefox extension thanks to my colleague Stefano Pogliani), however it is different in a couple important respects:
- The snippets you collect are not stored on your local machine, but instead on Google's servers
- Since the storage for the snippets isn't on your local hard drive, they can be shared with others (sort of like how del.icio.us shares bookmarks. So in this respect Google is venturing into the Social Networking space a bit.
- You can collect notes of your own that do not originate in a web page (something I wish Scrapbook knew how to do).
Ihaven't decided if I like this tool yet or not. For one thing,disconnected user (my favorite rant these days it seems) is an issue. With Scrapbook, I can view my pages and notes while offline. Second,if this thing becomes popular, think about the data Google could minefrom this. I'm as far from being a conspiracy theorist as there is,but Google is becoming so big and so dominant, one has to marvel at theshear wealth of information a knowledge management company like Googlemust be able to mine from the queries and other activities most all ofus use Google for on a regular basis.
So what do you guys think? Is a tool like this a good idea or not? would it be useful to you?
Thanks for reading,John Gerken