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Simplenote

Online Note Taking Application


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Published 12/03/2010 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
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What can you use the app for?

SimpleNote offers users an easy tool that can be used for many purposes. The act of storing or sharing information is not difficult, but can be in certain situations. SimpleNote makes it possible for users to maintain notes, lists, thoughts and more for reference later. What makes SimpleNote even more flexible is the sharing capability. Users can pass a note on to someone else, sharing a list or special instructions when they are needed. Through SimpleNote, users can publish their thoughts and return to them later for quick reference when they need it. The application also uses a tagging system to make referencing even easier. SimpleNote works on any computer with internet access as well as mobile devices for added convenience.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

SimpleNote came to be in 2010, created by Simperium, Inc. The application was developed as a part of the Y Combinator startup accelerator. The team includes Mike Johnston and Fred Cheng. Johnston spent time as a senior designer and programmer for a video game studio that was later acquired. Prior to that, Johnston helped develop cryptography software. Cheng’s history includes participation in a venture backed startup. He was responsible for wirelessly tracking tens of thousands of vending machines. Together, Johnston and Cheng lend their talents to make SimpleNote the user friendly, functional tool it is today.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are numerous ways to keep notes both online and offline. The problem is finding a way that is easy to organize and very accessible can be difficult. SimpleNote allows users to centralize all of their notes. The application is flexible enough to work with any kind of note, from a quick idea or concept to a list or instructions. The site has even more utility through its sharing feature, which makes it possible for users to share their notes with others.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

SimpleNote has a very stylish, modern appearance that welcomes new visitors. The application was designed with the user in mind. Each tool is simple and works well. Through a tagging system, users can quickly reference a past note. Sliders also make it possible to look for a note or series of notes. The user’s account automatically synchronizes notes between the SimpleNote website and their mobile devices so they are always viewing the most recent version of their notes.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can sign up for SimpleNote by clicking on the vibrant green “Create an account” button found along the right hand side of the homepage. The clutter free registration form asks for an email address and password. After clicking the white and black “Create my account” button at the bottom of the form, the user is taken directly to their account dashboard. From here, they can begin using SimpleNote features. The registration process is as streamlined and painless as it can possibly get.

What does it cost to use the application?

SimpleNote is available to anyone for free. There are no subscription costs or other fees associated with the application. Users can also download an app for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for free. Additional mobile device functionality is being worked on, but the site does not say whether or not there will be a fee for these.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone who needs to keep notes could appreciate SimpleNote. The site is easy to use and flexible so users can keep all manner of notes. By being simple and versatile, SimpleNote caters to the user. The mobile device functionality is also a nice touch to keep the application as convenient as possible.

  • Keep personal notes in a web based format
  • Share notes with others
  • Tag notes for quick reference later
  • Use sliders to locate previous notes
  • Access notes online or with a mobile device


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