- Clip useful information. You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.
- Organize your notes. You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.
- Get access from anywhere. You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.
- Publish your notebook. You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public.
- Now you can also get access from your phone. You can now access Google Notebook from your mobile phone by going to http://www.google.com/notebook/m.
Now, we're assuming that you have either a GMail account or a Google account. Either will do. Once you have this, you can go to Google.com and log in - in the top right corner of the Google.com site. It says iGoogle. This will give you access to every Google tool you have used so far. Just click on the "My Account" link and you will see all of the Google applications you have used, including GMail, Google Page Creator, Google Talk, etc. Being the Google experimenter that I am, I had 14 different Google apps listed in My Account. I like to play.
As for Google Notebook, upon first use, they recommend that you download the new Google Toolbar (BETA) with Google Notebook here and with Notebook on your Google Toolbar, you can:
- Clip and collect information as you surf the Web
- Organize your notes from the Web page you're on, and
- Access your notebooks online from any computer.
- Firefox users, there is a version available for you too. Here is the Firefox Extension: http://www.google.com/notebook/download/ff
Many of you already have the Google Toolbar, so this new version is not a big deal. I normally don't recommend that you download browser toolbars, but in this case it is worth it. Besides, I love the Google Toolbar and always have. It does so much more than just let you search Google. For instance, have you tried the AutoFill feature? It's definitely worth using.
Don't forget to take a good look at the wonderful FAQ page for Google Notebook either. It has a ton of step-by-step tips to get you up and rolling. You will be a proficient Notebook user in no time at all.
So, take a little time this week to go through the Google Notebook Tour and experiment with this tool. If you like it, thank your friends at the search engine powerhouse and leave a comment here. I always like to know your thoughts.
Google Notebook Home Page: www.google.com/notebook