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Organizing the Web in 3 not-so-perfect ways: Inbox by Gmail, Save to Google, Google Keep

favicon Google’s mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Everyone uses Google to search, but what happens after you find something good? There are a ton of options, and now Google is offering choices, too.

Over the past couple weeks, Google has released three new products:

Inbox by Gmail– Inbox by Gmail Extension. This extension allows you to save links to a bundle in Inbox by Gmail. This might be good for you if (a) you already use Inbox by Gmail and (b) you tend to save and organize links by sending them to your email. What’s not great, though, is that I don’t think you can send those links to friends once they’re in Inbox. (You can send them directly from the extension.)

Save to Google. This extension lets you save and organize webpages from your computer to a dedicated bookmarks page, google.com/save. You can add tags and notes, plus you can view your links on your phone. (But you can’t add new links from your phone.) Again, the biggest weakness of this extension is that you can’t share those links later on (unless you go back to the original webpage, of course).

Google KeepSave to Keep. This extension allows you to save links as new notes in Google Keep. If you already like Keep (I sort of do), this might be a good option. Once a link is a note in Keep, you can share it with friends (especially if they use Keep, too). The bad news, though, is that links are hard to organize easily, though the service now allows you to add hashtags easier (#) via phone.

While it’s nice to see that Google is taking some steps to help us organize the internet, I have to say, I’m not really sure what the company is doing. Each of these products offer just a tidbit of the entire puzzle. For people who don’t want to keep tons of tabs open, and who don’t want to keep sending links to their email, there has to be an easy way to save-organize-share. Right now, Google is not providing those three basic features. favicon

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For students, Google Keep > Evernote

googlekeepfavicon Though I’m an Evernote user (sort of), and I understand how powerful the application is, I think Google Keep is a better service for students.

Why? It’s just easier. And it’s colorful. And it works on phones and computers (like everything else, I guess). And you don’t need to sign up for anything extra if you already have a Google account. Compared with Evernote, it’s just quicker. (Sure, it doesn’t do as many things, but most students don’t need Evernote.)

Google Keep’s tag line is “Save what’s on your mind.” You can save notes, photos, and audio. You can save to-do lists. It’s pretty simple.

Here’s a quick video:

For students, this means a lot of things. I can see students using Keep to:

  • Write down homework,
  • Take (brief) notes,
  • Take pictures of assignments or important information on the board,
  • Record think-alouds or other assignments involving speaking,
  • Jot down URLs of key websites they want to remember,
  • The most important thing: Not lose things.

The only problem with Keep right now is that there’s not a clipper where you can capture content from the Internet. (There used to be an extension, but it’s no longer.) You can’t, say, highlight a piece of text or save a picture from a website. Of course, Evernote lets you do everything, but my sense is that very few students are going to use Evernote unless teachers really push it.

(The teachers I coach use Google Drive instead, which is of course different from Evernote, but it just makes sense to keep things simple and stay mostly with the Google suite unless necessary.)

One of the biggest challenges is that very few people know about Keep, and like all Google products, there’s no guarantee that Google will keep it.

But if you’re a teacher who has Chromebooks in your classroom, or if you’re at a school that allows smartphone use, give Keep a try and let me know what you and your students think.

Side note: I originally posted about Google Keep in March 2013, when I declared that it wasn’t “an Evernote killer.” Well, I still don’t think it is, but I do think it’s a good thing for students. favicon

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No, Google Keep is not (yet) an Evernote killer

favicon Today, Google launched Google Keep, which lets you take notes and remember things that are on our mind. Here’s a quick video.

From your phone, you can take notes, create to-do lists, snap pictures, and record audio, all of which is saved and organized in Google Drive. It’s pretty simple and fun to use. There are colors to choose from! There are icons to press!

Because of its simplicity, I can see why people might like Keep, especially if they don’t yet use a notetaking or to-do app. In fact, I can see Google Keep syncing with or replacing Google Tasks. Right now, you can’t see Keep items (your Kept items? your Keeped items?) on your Google Calendar or in your Gmail. Maybe that will happen in the future.

Some people are saying that Google Keep is an Evernote killer. (Yes, the product has been out for just a few hours.) At least in Keep’s initial form, this is not going to happen. Right now, Keep looks pretty small and underwhelming. It’s a place where you might write down some thoughts and save them for a short period of time. It’s not where you’d archive your receipts and invoices.

Most telling, Keep doesn’t let you clip snippets or save articles from the Internet. Until Google creates a web clipper that saves online content on Drive, Evernote will still be the best option for people who like to organize different types of content all in one place.

So what do you think? Is Keep something you’ll try out? favicon