WebNotes – Annotate & Organize the Web (Beta Invites Available)

WebNotes is a web organization tool created by a group of MIT alumni. Their goal was to revolutionize the way people collect,organize and share information on the Internet!

After checking out WebNotes, I have to agree that they are on the right track. If you have ever used PostIt notes to put up stickies for things you want to remind yourself of, WebNotes will be right up your alley.

Wtih WebNotes, you will be putting up sticky notes on any web page and you will see them when you visit the same page again.

WebNotes Quick Features

  • WebNotes is a free service that is in private beta at the moment.
  • You can highlight text and stick notes to web pages
  • All highlighted text and sticky notes are organized in folders within your WebNotes account.
  • You can share the pages you annotate via email or links with your friends, colleagues or family.
  • You can use via a WebNotes browser toolbar or a javascript bookmarklet. [our top browser bookmarklets]
  • You can move annotations between folders in your account
  • You can also publish your annotations to a printable document format.

WebNotes is supported on all major browsers – Firefox (Mac, PC, Linux), Internet Explorer, Google Chrome & Safari.

My $0.02

WebNotes may look too simple feature-wise. But, it addresses one need in this Internet age. Ability to add notes to a web page and highlight text and share it with someone you send the page to. The highlighting helps the other person to quickly read the points of interest and the sticky notes will convey your thoughts on it.

This kind of web interaction could be priceless when you are working with someone from across the world or when you just want to share and get thoughts asynchronously. Be it educational research or just pure fun.

You have to use Adobe Flash 10 for WebNotes to work.

25 Private Beta Invites

Ryan from WebNotes has given me 25 private beta invites to share with my readers, you. So, just leave a comment here if you are interested in trying this out. I will send you an invite to your email address. (you don’t have to mention your email in the comment body)

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40 Responses to “WebNotes – Annotate & Organize the Web (Beta Invites Available)”

  1. Alex December 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Great article and thanks for writing about us! Just wanted to let you know that WebNotes will work with Flash 9 on all systems but Linux.

    Thanks once again and let us know how you continue to like it!

  2. K December 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    Hey Alex. You are welcome! That explains it. I am on OpenSUSE 11 and that’s probably it didn’t work for me on Linux but worked fine in my Windows XP. Thanks for such a cool service.

  3. Eddie December 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Looks like a great tool, hopefully better than Google Notes. I’d really appreciate an invite if you have one going spare.
    Cheers, Ed.

  4. aaron December 5, 2008 at 2:10 am #

    Looks like a cool idea. Is it possible to see the notes without going back to the site you noted?

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  5. Tamesis December 5, 2008 at 2:50 am #

    Wow, this looks great! I’d really like to try it out if you’re giving away invites.

  6. Gilb December 5, 2008 at 3:00 am #

    Seems to be exactly what I have been loking for. Would appreciate an invite.

  7. Deanna Keahey December 5, 2008 at 4:28 am #

    Are the “post-its” stored centrally so that you can access them from different machines? I switch between a desktop PC and a laptop Mac all the time, and it’s always a source of frustration when something I saved on one isn’t accessible on the other. If these would be accessible from both, then that would be fabulous!!!

    If so, then I’d love one of your special invites, if you’ve still got some. Thanks!

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  8. K December 5, 2008 at 9:51 am #

    Aaron & Deanna, the sticky notes you add will be visible to you on any browser when you re-visit the page. (I think you just need to be logged in to your Webnotes account or have the WebNotes toolbar installed). You don’t have to go to the WebNotes.net to see your notes. That’s just one place to organize all your notes from various pages as a central repository should you forget the url of the page you put your note on.

  9. K December 5, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    Tamesis, Glib & Deanna, I just sent you your invites! Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  10. Ifeanyi December 5, 2008 at 10:39 am #

    Looks like a wonderful idea. I’d really appreciate an invite for my wife and I, if you have any to spare.


  11. K December 5, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    ifeanyi, I just sent you an evite. Could you please send me your wife’s email through the contact form and I’ll send another invite for her.

  12. Jamil December 5, 2008 at 12:48 pm #


    This seems like a really useful tool. I would appreciate an invite if at all possible.

    Many Thanks,

  13. JR @ Cheap Laptop Computers December 6, 2008 at 2:44 am #

    This is very cool, I will go and check it out, often times I just bookmark those pages and title the reminders, but that means I have to check my bookmarks, this will be much easier.
    Thanks please send me an invite!

  14. Garry Conn December 6, 2008 at 4:19 am #

    Wow… what a very cool tool. Instantly I can see how useful this can be for me. I really hope that this service will last. One of the best ways towards assuring this is by helping spread the word about it. Nice work K, WebNotes is something someone should have created a long time ago.

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  15. John December 6, 2008 at 4:00 pm #


    You should check out Diigo. I’ve been a diigo user for a long time. They pioneer the social annotation technology and I’m constantly amazed at how they constantly innovate and engage with their users. Now, that’s a service that will last 🙂

  16. benj December 7, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    Guys, what is new in this? I have been using Diigo for 2 years now, and it does everything (and more) than the features described here

  17. Computer Guides For Beginners December 7, 2008 at 9:12 am #

    Hello. From what I have read, I would be very interested to check out this amazing application WebNotes. Personally, I am a fan of the popular Postit and have been trying to find a computerized version of it. Would appreciate if you could share this invite with me. Thanks.

  18. K December 8, 2008 at 10:24 am #

    Jamil, JR & Computer Guides,

    I just sent you all an invite to this service.

    Garry, you are right it is pretty cool!

    John & benj, I have heard of Diigo and even had tried it at one point. I will re-visit it and may be post the differences here so folks here can try both and use the one best suited for them. Thanks for the comments. 🙂

  19. Navjot Singh December 14, 2008 at 12:32 am #

    Can you pls share me a invite? Thanks!

  20. Winston December 14, 2008 at 3:15 am #

    WebNotes looks interesting. I read your comments favorable.
    Can you please send an invite?

  21. claire frances December 14, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    Hello: It would be great to be invited to join webnotes. PS: an interesting aside. Stikkit was similar, and it just “closed” went out of business, though it is forever, until I figure it out, on my computer. It had a feature that I used with FireFox “reminder notes” to share calendar info. but now I always get a popup dialogue box asking my stikkit username/password – have tried deleting it from LastPass (firefox) but no luck. This Webnotes appears much safer for computer desktop use. thanks again. hope to get an invite. Claire

    claire francess last blog post..A great free ONLINE STORAGE deal for the next WEEK

  22. Winston December 14, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    I would really appreciate an invite for WebNotes. Thanks.

  23. Jeff Kaufman December 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

    WebNotes sounds awesome. Now with a decent firefox extension it should be hummin’ Please send an invite.

  24. Brandon December 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    I’d love an invite if you have any left!

  25. Brian D December 14, 2008 at 6:43 pm #

    Wow, this would make the organization of my research go a LOT more smoothly. Could you please share an invite with me? Thx!

  26. Evan December 14, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

    Sounds awesome! invite, please 🙂

  27. Zath@Hi Tech Gadgets December 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    Is this service similar to Google Notebook then? – I’ve never used that, but keep meaning to, but never get round to it.

    I think I probably need something to better organise my webpages, local bookmarks don’t do it, neither do social bookmarking services, might have to look into this some more!

    Zaths last blog post..Playstation Home Review (BETA)

  28. K December 14, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    Hello everyone.. thanks for dropping by and reading this review. I just sent invites out to everyone who had requested so far. If you didn’t receive it, drop a comment again and I’ll try sending it again. 🙂

    Claire, thanks for the input on Sitkkit. Never tried it but sounds like an useful one aside from the bug you saw. Just sent you an invite as well.

    Zath, you are right that bookmarks only help so far. I do use Evernote – a supercharged Google Notebook alternative for my personal note taking. Since I dont have to share it with anyone, it fits my needs but Webnotes could be a better fit for those looking to collaborate with others! Glad to see your comment, buddy! 🙂

  29. web tasarım December 31, 2008 at 12:31 pm #

    hey, thanks this is great app. , useful things. i bookmarked.

  30. web tasarımı January 31, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    thank you nice sharing.. please contiune up…

  31. izle February 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    .. thanks for dropping by and reading this review. I just sent invites out to everyone who had requested so far. If you didn’t receive it, drop a comment again and I’ll try sending it again..

  32. Lamar February 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    I was using Googlenotebook…would really appreciate an invite!

  33. Yesim February 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    It looks useful. Thanks.

  34. Erik April 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi K &c; I’ve filled out your contact form to ask if you’re
    still handing out beta invites. Sounds like a cool tool;
    but I only just stumbled here…tnx in any case!

  35. David May 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    Please send me an invite.


  36. alyans October 15, 2009 at 5:12 am #

    nice sharing..thanks..

  37. Volkan January 28, 2012 at 8:56 am #



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