The three entrances into notebook


Entry 1: Structured twitter

The default entrance to the notebook is your snippets page. After you login, you are directed to this page. From this entrance, this site looks like a twitter to you. So you can make notes on this notebook like in twitter.

But compared with twitter, because notebook is for learning, so there is some major differences:

First, snippets is more knowledge-like. Although you can make any kinds of notes in notebook, we encourage you to make notes that are more rich in knowledge. Actually on twitter, we can see that some people’s tweets are more rich in knowledge, and you want to save their tweets, and go over them often. (If you are not sure what kind of notes to make in the notebook, you can take a look of those people’s tweets that are well-known for being rich in knowledge.)

And this leads to the second difference: it is easier to find notes that you want and easier to mange your notes. First of all, note has some extra structure info, such as tags, and vote. These can help you find notes in a field quickly. Furthermore, notebook has knowledge frames and tag trees to help you better organize your knowledge.

Because snippets are knowledge, and knowledge is stuff that you want to go over again and again. So when you have made thousands of notes in your notebook, you still can find and manage them. Also because knowledge is changing, so notebook provide many functions to help you change your notes and modify your knowledge structure. With twitter, you cannot change it.

Because snippets are knowledge, notebook provides functions to filter out trivial notes to form knowledge. This is what twitter is lacking. So you can make notes here like on twitter, and have them well-managed along the way.

Entry 2: knowledge Frame

You can set it up in your setting page to use “knowledge frame” as your default home page. In that case, you will enter knowledge frame page after login. From this entrance, notebook appears to you as many knowledge frames (or you can say knowledge bags). You manage your knowledge through these frames. When you want to summarize something, you can build a frame. You can write snippets in it, or put bookmarks or scraps in it. You can put tags and vote on each note in the frame. These individual notes can be put into other frames as well. Then you will have related frames.

My knowledge frames
Note: this is my public frames, so you cannot edit them. But you can edit your frames in your personal notebook.

Entry 3: Tag Tree (brain structure tree)

You can set it up to have Tag Tree as your default home page. You will then be directed to Tag Tree after you login. Tag Tree show your knowledge structure so you can visit notes under each tag in the tree and the notes there will be sorted by the relevance, which is related to the position of the tag in the tree. This way, you can always keep such a knowledge structure in your brain, and find the accumulated notes in a field very quickly, to know what you have learned, and what to do next.

Here is my tag trees. (You need to login to see the notes under each tag in the tree.)

What is more, you can put “Add a bookmark” and “Add a scrap” two buttons on your browser bookmark toolbar to use them as buttons to collect bookmarks and scraps when browsing on the web. See the new users guide.

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