Yahoo Search Pad Uses Search To Help Your Brain Take Notes
February 04, 2009 at 12:46 PM EST
Yahoo is testing a new note-taking application integrated into search called Yahoo Search Pad . This isn't publicly available yet, but look for it to become a feature of Yahoo's search engine in the future. I've played around with a beta version. Unlike other note-taking tools, such as Google Notebook , Search Pad doesn't force you to go somewhere else to take notes. It also tries to figure out when you might be in research mode, and records and groups all of your searches for you. As you do searches on Yahoo, it recognizes when you are searching or clicking on links related to the same topic. If it thinks you are in research mode, as opposed to looking up a single site or a single fact, it will prompt you with a toolbar ynder the search box asking you if you want to take notes. Or you can always open up Search Pad on your own. When you do, a box opens up over the search results isting all of your related searches.