Springpad: Re-imagining the personal organizer for the social and mobile world.

Springpad is a rather new online NoteBook service that has some features from Evernote and some from other ways to organize your ideas, plans and whatever you stumble upon during A Day in the Web. And also in Everyday Life – “done better” as they say it.
I found it yesterday and of course, signed up without hesitation. Then I downloaded the apps for Android and iOs, the “Spring It!” clipper for FireFox and the Chrome extension. Now I’m supplied with enough tools to browse the web and capture everything that is worth capturing. And that is a lot, so I’ve been using other online scrapbook-services for years, like Evernote and Diigo. Diigo syncs all my BookMarks to Delicious. Evernote can import these BookMarks, but unfortunately that is a rather complicated and time consuming thing to do. So I always postpone this to my once-a-year “Digital Gardening”-Day. Springpad had no trouble at all synchronizing with Delicious and imported my >3,000 BookMarks within a few seconds.

Springpad is free, at least for now. I’m not sure if it ever can or will replace Evernote, but it is always good to have some competition and keep the guys at Evernote sharp and humble.
The downside is: with Springpad, Evernote and Diigo, I now have three online NoteBooks (not to mention more scientific reference managers and academic social network-services like Zotero, Mendeley and Cite U Like, that I use for my work as a musicologist), all with their own pros and cons. So I hope there will be some synchronizing tools available shortly.

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Connotea is closing

Connotea, nature.com’s social bookmarking site, is closing on March 12th, 2013.
Bad News? I don’t think so, because there are a lot of bookmarking tools, and the world of the internet is changing rapidly.
So: in the beginning you simply bookmarked inside your browser. AFAIK you can still do that with most browsers, but who cares. Then Social Bookmarking came into existence: Delicious was the thing. My account still works, but it is only kept up-to-date automatically via Diigo, and from there I sync (once in a year or so) with Evernote. I’ve got seven followers at Delicious, but if Delicious decides to shut down, I probably even will not notice it, unless, of course they’ll send me a notification.
For my more scientific bookmarking and reading I use CiteULike and Mendeley. And of course Connotea, because I always try everything there is on the Web. Mendeley has a desktop tool, an app for my tablet and talks to CUL. CUL syncs with Delicious; the problem is that Connotea, “developed for clinicians and scientists”, chose to reduce noise by not syncing with Delicious (and other bookmarking sites). There is a way to synchronize with CUL, but there were simply too many mouse-clicks needed to do that. The internet is fast and Information Overload – is there is such a thing like that – is part of the game.

I just exported my Connotea bookmarks to Diigo: there were only five, four of them already in my CUL and Mendeley library, the one that wasn’t, was a paid article (> $30!) that I won’t ever read.

So, I regret to say, I won’t miss it.