Yahoo! Notepad as Wiki ?

I’m a big fan of Yahoo! Notepad, so here’s an idea to improve it :-)

I always like to write down stuff because it helps me to be a bit more organized and helps me make sure that I don’t forget something. So, I end up using heavily. I usually add/delete lot of notes regularly – the reason is I try to keep consolidating the notes from more to less number of notes. One day, I got frustrated, and I setup my own private wiki in a hidden part of my website and I was using it well ; but I ended up accessing my mail, calendar and address in Y! but using a separate wiki instead of notepad. So, here’s where my idea/feature request comes in… why not make Notepad wiki-like!

My suggestions:

  • Use an extremely simple syntax like Markdown. Ability to link to
    other notes of mine makes it so useful!

  • Give a choice of having to print either the raw format or the converted
    HTML format. Both choices are useful depending on the situation.

  • This gives more incentive to use Notepad. I would definitely expect more
    people to use Notepad if such a neat feature was provided.

  • Brings in lot of geek cred!

The basic idea, however, is to bring more structure to my notes, without significant overhead.

Published by swaroop

12 thoughts on “Yahoo! Notepad as Wiki ?

  1. I certainly agree.

    I keep my notes on my flash drive, and carry it along where I go. In fact, I was also planning to do the same for my notes – having wiki run on a personal site.

    If Yahoo wikifies its notepad I will tell all to use the wonderful feature – it makes so logical to relate things/notes

  2. I was using Yahoo notes extensively – but firing up a browser and logging was proving painful. Besides the Yahoo notes search is not that great. These days I am mailing my gmail account and the notes get tagged according to filters that I have setup. The JotSpot wiki is supposed is pretty cool in this regard, though it is proprietary – it allows you to update web pages through e-mail.

    One feature that would make me go back to Yahoo Notes would be addition of webdav support – that would allow me to mount my yahoo notes as a local folder using Nautilus, or kfm or even the windows explorer.

  3. Rams: Due to the nature of my job, I have a browser always open, so I don’t have that overhead :)

    W.r.t. GMail-notes, the disadvantage is that you cannot update your notes, which is impractical for me.

    I don’t think WebDAV support will ever happen. That’s a business decision (half-wink).

  4. I do something like what you have mentioned. run a wiki on my own site and keep my notes updated there. but i always pine for a “tomboy” app on my desktop(gnome in my case) to be able to write back to my (specified) online wiki notes. that way, i have 2 interfaces — 1 web based and one desktop based. i don’t use yahoo notepad or messenger, but i would be a ideal solution if yahoo messenger would allow to add notes to your acct or any other specified site(highly improbable).


  5. I like Akbar’s suggestion. I nominate WikiPad for the client-side job ( It’s proprietary now, but the developer plans to open-source it. Written in Python, so it should invite lots of hacks.

    I use it all the time and would love a plug-in that auto-saves it to a wiki in the cloud.

  6. I stopped using notes when I found out that it will chop the contents, if the size of a single note is more than x KB. I think this limitation needs to be addressed.

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