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.