At the beginning of the year, Google announced that the pace of innovation will increase in 2006 and they will launch many new products. And so they did, for the second part mostly. Many of the new launches look like "me-too" products without much innovation involved. Still, I (like most people) would like Google to succeed because they are the "Don't be evil"-company after all.
The newly released Google Notebook can be used to take notes when you search the web. You can also save parts of web pages for research purposes. The screenshot below shows how to save a Wikipedia article about asthma by right-clicking on the selected text:
Regular Google searches now feature a "Note this" link below each search result. The "right-click to save" function is nice but you need to install a Firefox/IE extension to use it. Once installed, I like the keyboard "Alt + N" shortcut that opens and closes the notebook.
Digital Inspiration explains how he plans to use Google Notebook: "I frequently encounter websites that I want to cover in my blog later. Now with Google Notebook, I could just create a new Notebook session called "To Do" and quickly insert the website URL with a short description in the notebook."
Check the references below for a complete coverage.
Google Notebook is an interesting service which may need some fine tuning in order to be more useful.
Web Worker Daily reviews 7 Apps for Online Note-Taking.
Note this. Official Google Blog.
Google Notebook Is Live. Google Blogoscoped.
Google Notebook - the good, the bad, and the ugly. ZDNet.
Google Notebook is live: Here's how I plan to use it. Digital Inspiration.
Google Notebook First Look. Micro Persuasion.
The Basics: Google Notebook. Google Tutor, 11/2007.
Google Notebook Adds Labels and Bookmarks. Google Operating System, 11/2007.
Image source: Google Notebook.
I Can Has Bookmarklet? Google Notebook Blog, 07/2008.