Google have just released their
Highlight a chunk of text on a web site, and click the ‘Add Note’ button, and the text you selected will become a new note in your notebook. You can create more little notebooks, and click a button to pop out a list of them to switch between.
For any writer or researcher who gathers most of their material on the web, and only needs access to it when they’re online, I can see it being quite a handy little solution. As a little replacement for something like
For those on dial-up connections, like me, it’s not such a great idea. Use is slow, as everything has to be done over the Internet, and if you spend any time without an Internet connection, you can’t refer to your notes at all.
If all of your writing is done at home, with a broadband connection, it’s certainly worth a try. If you’re likely to need to get to your notes when you don’t have an Internet connection, though, don’t keep them here. If you want your notes living on your computer instead, have a look at EverNote.