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Google Keep Takes Aim At Evernote -- And Also Apple


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Earlier today, Google launched Google Keep, a cloud-based note taking service designed to help people keep track of their thoughts, scribbles and notes. It's an obvious smack at the popular Evernote service.

With Keep you can quickly jot ideas down when you think of them and even include checklists and photos to keep track of what’s important to you. Your notes are safely stored in Google Drive and synced to all your devices so you can always have them at hand. 

Drew Olanoff of TechCrunch thinks Google Keep could compete with Evernote AND Pinterest...

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/20/googles-keep-could-take-on-both-pinterest-and-evernote-if-it-gets-the-google-social-plumbing/

...but then he reminded us that Evernote got a bunch of new customers when Google shut down Google Notebook four years ago:

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2009/01/evernote-releases-google-notebook-importer/

I wonder if consumers are willing to trust Google not to shut down Keep?

Sarah seems to think not:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/18/google-keep-spring-cleaning/

In order of importance:  1) market share, 2) market share, and 3) market share.

first thought: personal pinterest.

zeroth thought: they fucking killed my reader for THIS?!?

Why is Keep more valuable to Google than Reader?  Two words: Google Drive

http://pandodaily.com/2013/03/20/google-dances-on-readers-grave-with-google-keep/

Reader had MAYBE a million users.

Keep, if they commit to it, will be on every Android device.

Keep has the potential to be used by a billion people.

More importantly, Keep is important to Googler productivity.

Usually tools that Googlers NEED (gmail, calendar) Google does an awesome job building.

Product info:

This being a Google product, there’s also a search function, so you can find the Keeps you kept, and you can color code what you’ve got in a variety of hues. The app sorts everything in a style that is reminiscent of Pinterest or Pocket. It looks great and it’s super easy to use. Want to move a reminder to the top of your mosaic? Just drag and drop, and tap to get in and edit. You can also archive or delete any reminder once you’re done with it. It’s all pretty painless and feels like something Google should have offered up years ago.

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/03/google-keep/

Google did offer it years ago. It was called Google Notebook.

Everything I read says it's private and personal like Pocket and Evernote.

Not public and social like Pinterest and PandaWhale.

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