Google Keep note-taking web-app goes online, then offline

It looks like Google could be working on a new service for those who need a simple and easy note-taking experience. Murmurs of “Google Keep,” as it’s called, surfaced over the weekend, and it seems to have gone live a bit prematurely. The site was available for a short while this morning, but quickly went offline before the hour ended.

According to Android Police the experience didn’t really seem finished, and that would make sense with such a strange occurrence. It’s likely someone hit the “green light” button a little too soon after a heavy weekend of St. Patty’s Day drinking.

Google Keep will allow users to create simple notes that are text-based, color-coded, and has support for more rich formatting like checklists and multimedia like images. In true Google fashion, Keep will feature powerful search features to quickly and easily find your notes, and it looks like there might be some sort of Google Drive integration brewing up.

There really isn’t much more to it right now as the brief glimpse of the site’s existence didn’t provide much, but we’re still excited to see how this will turn out. Google faithful have been clamoring for better task-list and note-taking support in Gmail for years, and while this isn’t necessarily the same thing it’ll be nice to finally have a service that’s tied into our Google accounts. The site will supposedly go live here whenever it’s ready, but for now it’s spitting out the dreaded 404 error page that we all hate seeing.

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  • Nigel Harrison

    Nice, I wonder if will port over the “note to self” feature to start placing them in here…but it needs to send the audio file as well, just like it does today.

  • http://twitter.com/jmhnet jmhnet

    So if Google goes ahead with this project, and it doesn’t get 500 million users, I suppose they’ll just get rid of it like everything else. I used to be an avid user of Google Notebook, but then they trashed it. Same with Google Listen, Reader, iGoogle, etc…
    So why would I use this?

  • Dan L.

    Evernote is where I will stay. Regardless of good, bad or otherwise. Given what they’ve recently done with Reader I’m not going to leave all my eggs in one basket. Any essential Google services I use will all have backup plans going forward. I love Google but I lost some trust with them.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    So many good choices: Evernote, Any.do, Tasks, Google Keep

    At yet… I still use simple text files.

  • andrés

    This is the reason they took my Notebook away. I hope this one is a keeper